Expanding Motive Offshore lands record £1.5m carousel contract and opens new N. Sea fabrication facility at Dundee port

Pictured at their new base at Dundee harbour, from left, are: James Gregg (Motive Offshore), harbour manager David Webster, Alex Fyfe (Motive Fabrication), Dave Acton (Motive Offshore) and Gary Mitchelson (Motive Fabrication)
Pictured at their new base at Dundee harbour, from left, are: James Gregg (Motive Offshore), harbour manager David Webster, Alex Fyfe (Motive Fabrication), Dave Acton (Motive Offshore) and Gary Mitchelson (Motive Fabrication)

A Grampian-based N. Sea offshore services firm has expanded its business with a six-figure investment in a quayside fabrication facility at Dundee harbour.

Motive Offshore Group has launched Motive Fabrication in Dundee after successfully negotiating with the port to take over the site.

With a deep water quay side facility, alongside a 12,000-sq. ft. workshop and 2,000 sq. ft. office block, the base allows Motive Fabrication to reinstate the fabrication service at the Port for subsea contractors and vessel owners.

The move coincides with Motive Offshore winning a company-record £1.5 million contract to manufacture and mobilise a 5000-tonne carousel loading tower, complete with tensioner and other deck equipment for Swan Hunter UK.

The equipment will be operated by Motives Offshore technicians in Ghana and loaded out from Dundee Port this summer.

Motive Offshore Group, which is based in Boyndie, near Banff, has a total of 60 employees across its divisions, which include marine equipment manufacture and rental, spooling and inspection, and fabrication.

Motive Fabrication in Dundee currently employs 10 people and is looking to increase the workforce to support upcoming projects.

Gary Mitchelson, who previously ran Riverside Engineering in Dundee before selling his business to Rigmar in 2012, has joined Motive Fabrication as operations director and will manage the business at the Dundee base.

He said: “Dundee is a thriving city and – with continued investment in its Port facilities – it is fast becoming a preferred option for heavy loads and decommissioning projects, as well as fabrication for North Sea firms. 

“Motive Offshore has a well established track record in the industry and the investment in the Dundee facility has come at the right time to capitalise on the current upgrade on port facilities which will place Dundee as a leader in the industry.”

The Port of Dundee is continuing to attract a number of North Sea oil and gas businesses looking for more cost effective options for inspection, repair and maintenance of vessels and jack up and semi-submersible drilling rigs.

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