Oil ﬁrm brings jobs to Lybster
Published 04 Jun 2015New manufacturing base to be established in village
The oil and gas industry in Caithness has received a welcome boost with the news that an Aberdeen-based ﬁrm is to establish a manufacturing base in Lybster.
EnerQuip has bought the former fabrication site owned by Forum Energy Technologies (FET) and said it will be turned into its base for manufacturing torque products to service the sector.
The ﬁrm plans to open the base towards the end of the year, creating ﬁve new jobs, and hopes to expand its workforce in Caithness in future.
The company’s chairman is Caithness-born Andrew Polson who previously sold AMC Engineering to FET in 2011 and has taken over the workshop, yard and oﬃce facility at Smerlie on the outskirts of Lybster.
The newly-formed company is basing its headquarters in Aberdeen where 11 jobs will also be created. Technical director John Duncan and managing director Dave Clark, who both previously worked at AMC Engineering, have joined Mr Polson to launch EnerQuip.
The three founding members together have more than 50 years’ oil and gas experience and over 35 years’ experience speciﬁcally in the torque and associated products arena.
Mr Duncan said that Lybster will form an important part of the company’s operation and it is the ﬁrm’s intention to grow the base over the next few years.
“Lybster will be EnerQuip’s base to manufacture torque equipment which we aim to begin at the end of the year,” he said. “Everything is still currently at the design stage in terms of the machinery but once the machinery is designed we will look to take things forward from there.
“Once we have the steel in place we will be looking to get the manufacturing process started at Lybster.
“We were all involved with AMC Engineering so we know what skills are available at Lybster, which worked well for us back then and don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t work again.
“By the end of the year we are looking to take on ﬁve people and hopefully build things up from there.”
The business has made an initial investment of £6 million and has been established to provide torque machines and associated services to the drilling and downhole tools sectors.
While currently located in the Tullos area of Aberdeen, EnerQuip plans to move to a larger facility in the northeast in early 2016 to support anticipated growth.
Beyond its core specialism – the maintenance and upgrading of torque machines – the company plans to launch a new generation torque machine for the assembly and dismantling of downhole tools next year.