N. Sea engineering company increases workforce by 40% and cuts energy bills by 75% with new ‘green’ workshop lightbulbs

The new crane and 'green' lightbulbs in the Subsea Technologies workshop
The new crane and ‘green’ lightbulbs in the Subsea Technologies workshop

Subsea Technologies Limited – an Aberdeen-based offshore engineering services business – has expanded its workforce by 40% while cutting its own energy bill by 75% to enhance capabilities and support business growth.

STL has hired nine new staff – including the appointment of Iain Fullerton in a new business development role – this year so far, bringing its total workforce to 25 people.

With more than 40 years’ experience in offshore energy engineering Fullerton’s appointment coincides with a period of growth for the company.

In addition, STL has invested more than £100,000 in installing a new SWL 10t double girder overhead crane in its workshop –  improving its ability to control the assembly of large components and as a result reducing HSE risks while also reducing QA risks arising from the assembly process. 

This investment, together with new environmentally friendly LED light fittings throughout the main workshop area, which provide a far superior spread of illumination to work under, enhance the industry safety standards STL is committed to.

Furthermore, by replacing 700w of traditional incandescent lighting with LED, Subsea Technologies will save an estimated 75% in energy and the lighting will last up to 25 times longer. 

Along with the crane and lighting, STL have doubled the pressure testing capacity of the workshop with the purchase of an additional pressure test pump and the creation of a new pressure testing cell, allowing projects delivery times to be reduced.

Set up seven years ago, STL has also made a further investment in engineering IT equipment and software.  The addition of Solidworks Flow simulation – Computational Fluid Dynamics software to their existing suite of Solidworks 3D CAD and FEA software used throughout the engineering department, will enable STL to optimise component design before committing to the manufacture of metal parts.

Fullerton explained: “Subsea Technologies is well-known in a niche market. Now that we are making products that can find applications across the whole subsea sector and indeed other industries, I am looking forward to raising the company profile and extending the knowledge of the company to a much wider audience.”

7 Dec 2017

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