Oil and gas services company, EnerMech, is bucking the trend in Norway and will boost its workforce by more than 20% in the next year.
Against a backdrop of reduced onshore and offshore activity, the mechanical engineering group will expand their existing offering in Stavanger and Bergen from 60 to 75 staff and plans to invest NOK 32.5 million (£3m) in new equipment.
EnerMech provides a number of integrated service to the oil and gas sector, including cranes and lifting, process, pipeline and umbilicals (PPU), hydraulics and equipment hire.
Trond Møller, EnerMech General Manager in Norway, said: “We are recruiting high quality managers and technicians to add to our 60-strong Norwegian team and next year will make a significant investment in new equipment and infrastructure.
“We believe the service industry needs to be patient and with market indicators for the medium to longer term looking promising, EnerMech is fully committed to Norway and prepared for an upswing when the market corrects.”
EnerMech recently strengthened its PPU division in Norway with the appointment of Sales Manager Stian Urke and this will be followed with other senior hires in the company’s cranes and lifting, hydraulics and equipment rental divisions.
EnerMech has office, workshop and storage facilities in Stavanger and Bergen and is looking at the potential for a third Norwegian base.
Trond Møller added: “One of our main objectives wherever we work in the world, is to have local facilities staffed by people with local knowledge and with our own equipment on the ground. This sends out a strong message that we are fully committed to Norway and it will help us secure further work.
“We have a strong heritage in cranes and the excellent work carried out on the BP Skarv project enhanced our reputation for PPU services and we are making in-roads in to the hydraulics market. We aim to build on this and we have several live tenders which if successful would be the platform for showing our true potential in providing integrated services which others providers struggle to match.”