An oil and gas asset specialist with more than 20 years’ experience working for major operating companies has been appointed as EnerMech’s European regional director.
Ross McHardy will be responsible for all UK and Norwegian activities at the Aberdeen-headquartered integrated engineering services firm, which expects to double European turnover from £84m to more than £170m over the next four years.
Mr McHardy was previously responsible for safety performance and production delivery on TAQA Bratani’s Harding assets and held a wider strategic role which oversaw engineering and project delivery across Central North Sea assets. Prior to this he was part of EnQuest’s Aberdeen leadership team where he was actively involved in shaping the company’s strategic development and core values.
EnerMech chief executive officer, Doug Duguid, said: “Our strategy is to extend our offshore oil and gas offering to cover the full life-of-field of assets, to strengthen our integrated maintenance and inspection services, and further expand our mechanical and electrical provision to offshore sectors, such as downstream, power, utilities and defence.
“Ross’s experience in senior executive roles with major operators will be an important asset in helping us to better understand the problems faced by our clients and will be key to defining how we enhance service deliver and make a genuine difference to clients’ operations.
“His collaborative leadership style will bring a fresh insight and enthusiasm, as we expand our business by supporting the industry’s stated objective of maximising economic recovery.”
EnerMech’s European division employ 1000 staff in Aberdeen, Great Yarmouth, Bristol and in Norway and current annual turnover is expected to double to an estimated £170 million by 2022.
Ross McHardy said: “After spending more than 20 years on the operator side managing assets and delivering engineering projects, I hope I can transfer that knowledge to assist EnerMech as it continues to disrupt the traditional ways of executing turnkey projects.
“There are signs of recovery in the oil and gas sector but we need to emerge from the downturn with a fresh perspective and to do things differently. We also see exciting opportunities in the UK onshore market, drawing on the experience we have gained in international markets. EnerMech is a solid well-managed but nimble business, and I believe it is in an excellent position to build on its reputation for delivering high quality services, but with a dynamic and challenging approach to what has been the accepted norm.
“Greater collaboration across the supply chain is widely recognised as a necessity and I know from some of the initiatives that are being pioneered by EnerMech that they treat this seriously and are willing to invest in people and resources to make the most of the new opportunities on the horizon.”