STATS Group, the Aberdeenshire-based oil and gas pipeline engineering specialist, is preparing for further international expansion after securing an additional £4.3 million investment from the Business Growth Fund (BGF).
The management team behind STATS has also invested more money in the business, which received an initial £7.8 million of growth capital from BGF in March 2012.
Since the initial funding deal, STATS has doubled its annual turnover to around £30 million, has created 145 additional jobs and has opened operational bases in Canada, the Middle East and the US.
The additional growth capital will fuel the continued rate of expansion, especially in the US, where STATS opened a new facility last year and recently won contracts worth £9.9 million from one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America.
Pete Duguid founded STATS in 1998 with his sister, Lorraine Porter. The company has since grown to employ 265 people at its head office in Kintore, near Aberdeen, and at its other bases in Inverurie, Kendal, Canada, Malaysia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and the US.
Last year STATS invested £500,000 in opening a global training centre at its head office in Kintore to maintain and improve quality and competency standards through in-house specialist training.
Recent work carried out by the group has included isolating the Forties Pipeline System on behalf of Apache North Sea so that a subsea isolation valve could be safely installed on this major pipeline, responsible for transporting over a third of the UK’s oil production.
The new investment will also aid growth in the Middle East, where STATS has pioneered the use of emergency isolation tools as an insurance policy against damage to pipeline infrastructure, both subsea and on-land, with clients including national oil companies across the region.
Other Aberdeen-based oil and gas sector companies which BGF has invested in recently include £6 million in Petrotechnics, which provides software solutions to improve frontline operational performance, and £5 million in Spex Group: