UK Prime Minister praises ACE Winches for reeling in £10m in Far East export order, while Banff Girls in Energy team visit Turiff head office

ACE Winches Some of the deck equipment for the £4 million Heerema Offshore contract off Western Australia begins its journey from Turiff
ACE Winches Some of the deck equipment for the £4 million Heerema Offshore contract off Western Australia begins its journey from Turiff

Scottish winch and deck machinery supplier ACE Winches has reeled in £10 million in equipment and services orders to the Far East.

Alfie Cheyne, Chief Executive, ACE Winches confirmed the orders while presently on a British trade export visit to south east Asia with UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

Based in Turiff, Aberdeenshire, ACE Winches operates in 50 national markets around the world and the Prime Minister said:

“Innovators like ACE Winches are leading the way in exporting manufacturing excellence to South East Asia and their delivery of various deals in the region – worth £10 million – is credit to the skills and expertise of their workers across Scotland.

“I’m delighted they’ve been able to join me on my trade mission across the region, paving the way for even more success.”

Cheyne added: “Being part of this UK trade delegation mission to Asia Pacific, helps ACE Winches to further build its presence in the region, enhancing client relations and showcase it’s technologically advanced products and services.  The mission will endorse the excellence of British research and development, and high quality engineering solutions.”

The new contracts/ services comprise the following orders:

* ACE Winches was awarded a contract worth approximately £1 million last week to supply equipment and manpower to serving operator ENI Indonesia for the Jangkrik Muara Bakau Block Project.

The specific delivery is focused around ACE Winches Hire Equipment Business to support technically advanced well intervention and subsea well head deployment activities. To facilitate the trade agreements ACE Winches recently appointed Indonesian company Abumas in Jakarta as its local representative.

* Supporting German heavy lift operator SAL Offshore, ACE Winches shipped, installed commissioned and delivered ex Paxocean Shipyard in Singapore, a mooring spread of 10 large winches, power units and associated mooring accessories to allow SAL Offshore to anchor its flagship MV Svenja in the Cook Inlet in Alaska. 

The value of this significant delivery with final completion scheduled for demobilisation in Singapore during August 2015 is more than £3 million.

* In May, ACE Winches delivered a bespoke design and manufactured package of winching equipment, consisting of 150te Electrically Driven and PLC Controlled Stinger Winches, worth approximately £1.5 million The equipment will be used for deployment onboard McDermott’s Derrick Lay Vessel, the DLV2000, a combination heavy lift and pipelay vessel with deep water capability.  This vessel is scheduled for delivery next year.

ACE Winches was commissioned by Heerema Marine Contractors to supply three large chain mooring systems for operations onboard their deep water construction vessel Aegir to support the Ichthys LNG Project, 150 miles offshore of Western Australia, for Japanese operator INPEX.  

This is one of the world’s largest chain and winch packages manufactured to date  – with 178 mm chain   was delivered last month in a deal worth more than £4 million.

*And in May, ACE Winches provided Helix Energy Solutions with deck machinery equipment worth over £1 million for its new build semi-submersible well intervention vessel Q7000. The reeler package was shipped to Jurong shipyard, Singapore, for installation. The vessel is designed for global deep water, well intervention operations.

Banff Girls in Energy team visit to ACE Winches, TuriffMeanwhile, the Banff Girls in Energy team recently completed a learning visit to ACE Winches. The Girls in Energy team comprises 13 Banff Academy pupils who are studying the Skills for Work energy course through North East Scotland College. 

ACE Winches welcomed the team to their global headquarters near Turriff as part of a wider initiative  to encourage Scots school pupils – especially girls – to consider engineering as a potential career path. 

As part of the course the girls have participated in a number of interactive and exciting activities focused on topics such as; power plants, renewables, environmental concerns and oil and gas.

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