Ecosse Subsea hires Shell chief as new commercial manager: Cairn Energy appoint Marathon man as new oil exploration director

Ecosse Subsea Systems Commercial manager Iain Middleton (centre) with operations director Mo Petrie and managing director Mike Wilson.
Ecosse Subsea Systems Commercial manager Iain Middleton (centre) with operations director Mo Petrie and managing director Mike Wilson.

Grampian-based Ecosse Subsea Systems has strengthened its management team with the appointment of Iain Middleton to the newly created role of commercial manager.

The subsea and engineering technology company said the move will enable commercial director Keith McDermott to continue to pursue new business opportunities for Ecosse Subsea in Asian and US renewables and oil and gas sectors.

In a 30-year career within the oil and gas sector, mainly with major operator Shell, Middleton was responsible for the commercial strategy, planning and execution of a number of important onshore and offshore brownfield, decommissioning and greenfield projects.

He was latterly supply chain manager for Shell projects in the UK, Ireland and Netherlands, with responsibility for an annual budget of £2.5 billion.

Meanwhile, Banchory-based Ecosse Subsea has patented a range of tools which are used in seabed clearance, route preparation, trenching, backfill, pipelay removal and cable laying operations and which are adaptable for hydrocarbon, power generation and renewables projects.

Turnover is expected to grow in the current year to around £25 million with forecasted-profits increasing to around £5 million and staff numbers exceeding 50 people.

Meanwhile, L&N Scotland, an Aberdeen-based manufacturer of subsea equipment, has been successful in upgrading its ISO 9001:2008 certification to the new International Quality Standard ISO 9001:2015.

Robert Knowles, Quality Engineer at L&N Scotland, commented: “Being accredited to this standard – in advance of the September 2018 deadline – is solid evidence that our quality management system has been developed to the benefit of our clients, whilst ensuring the delivery of our products and services are of consistently high quality.”

  • Edinburgh based oil explorer Cairn Energy has appointed ‘Marathon man’ Eric Hathon as its new director of exploration. He was latterly Director of Conventional Exploration, at Marathon Oil’s head office Houston, USA.

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