First Minister Alex Salmond is this week leading a trade mission to China to promote Scotland’s oil and gas industry capabilities – which today starts with official confirmation of a £150,000 exports order with a Scottish supplier from China’s National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC).
Dundee-based SafeHouse Habitats will provide its North Sea rig safe-working environment technology to CNOOC. The patented SafeHouse Habitats product reduces high cost production shutdown time on offshore rigs during repair and maintenance.
The initial project in north China will promote safe and efficient operating practices to the wider Chinese oil and gas industry, leading to further opportunities for the firm to grow its business in China. SafeHouse Habitats will also shortly commence product trials on CNOOC offshore rigs in the South China Sea.
Ian Ross, General Manager, Safe House Habitats Scotland Ltd, said: “This contract is a very exciting development for the company and demonstrates CNOOC’s commitment to rig safety both in China and elsewhere around the world. We look forward to working with CNOOC and their partners in delivering our SafeHouse Habitat quality assured product and service”.
Safe House Habitats recently moved in to larger head office premises near Lochee, Dundee and earlier this year established a wholly-owned subsidiary in the United Arab Emirates. The company is also exhibiting at the Australian gas technology exhibition in Perth, WA, in July 2013 and it operates another UK facility in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
While in Peking, Salmond will meet with senior management at CNOOC and Sinopec – two of the world’s largest oil and gas companies – as efforts continue to sell Scotland’s innovation and expertise in the industry to China, which is the largest consumer of energy and second largest consumer of oil in the world.
Salmond said: “As the world’s most populous country and one of its fastest-growing economies, China is exploring new domestic energy supplies and investing heavily in the industry through mergers and acquisitions overseas. As part of this strategy, skilled engineers and advanced technology have been identified as a priority and Scotland is in prime position to capitalise on this demand by demonstrating our outstanding pedigree and expertise developed over 40 years in the North Sea.
“Scotland’s enviable reputation as the European capital of oil and gas, and our ongoing pioneering work in exploration and extraction, gives us a strong appeal to Chinese firms looking for both domestic and international future energy supplies.
“In the past few years we’ve seen increased investment from China into the industry in Scotland, with CNOOC’s acquisition of Nexen, and Sinopec’s interest in Talisman’s North Sea business. And this week, I’m introducing some of our most innovative companies to the senior leadership of these energy giants, to help them do more business in this market.”
In addition to Safehouse Habitats, the Sino-Scots trade delegation includes representatives from the oil and gas sectors, including:
Addax Petroleum UK Ltd
Energy Services International
The Oil & Gas Academy of Scotland (OGAS)
Unmanned Production Buoy Ltd
Aberdeen University and Universities Scotland.
Julian Taylor, Director Asia Pacific, Scottish Development International, which organised the visit, said: “China is a priority market for Scottish oil and gas companies and we have identified many opportunities for developing new international partnerships in areas where Scotland has a strong heritage and can support the Chinese oil and gas industry in its global development, such as supply chain development, health & safety and training.
“China already owns 20% of the world’s oil and gas operations and continues to look for opportunities in Africa and South America. Given Scotland’s growing experience of success in these markets, there are clear opportunities to benefit from this investment-ready environment by partnering with China’s oil companies.”