An Aberdeenshire company which provides specialist fire and safety engineering products and services to the oil, gas, and marine energy sector has opened a new office in Leith, Edinburgh.
Based in Maryculter, OTEAC Services is now embarking on an ambitious growth plan which is expected to create more than 12 new jobs in the company following a multi-million pound investment by Stagecoach boss Sir Brian Souter’s Souter Investments vehicle.
This will see the OTEAC expand its services in asset management and integrity, including performance verification, design, engineering, installation and commissioning of specialist fire and safety equipment as well as supply, inspection, servicing, testing and maintenance of equipment.
Its new office in Leith will primarily focus on its marine division.
The company – which was set up in 1985 – recently hosted a visit by Sir Brian who was joined by OTEAC board member Calum Cusiter, and chief executive Bill Hogarty, who showed them round the firm’s facilities in Maryculter and met with some of the staff.
Hogarty said: “This is an exciting time for the company as we seek to expand our services within Scotland and also look to develop our international capabilities. With the recent investment, we have put plans in place for major growth which will begin with a recruitment drive throughout the company.”
Sir Brian added: “It’s quite clear from our visit that OTEAC are a company which is going from strength to strength and has a robust development plan in place, which underpins our decision to invest.”
*Maersk Training, a training provider for the oil, gas, maritime and offshore wind sectors, is to open a new advanced Offshore Drilling Simulation and Well Control Training centre in Kingswells, Aberdeen.
It will be formally opened next month by Frank Doran, MP for Aberdeen North.
John Abate, General Manager, said: “This investment represents a significant step forward in delivering high quality training for the offshore, oil and drilling industries and creates an opportunity to lift the overall skillsets and competency in the industry and reduce down-time”.