A Grampian-based engineering firm is bucking the present N. Sea oil and gas industry slump in announcing a £250,000 investment to expand its existing pressure-testing capabilities.
SengS, an independent engineering and services specialist, has now invested more than £3.5 million over the past two years in developing its Ellon premises.
Over this period the company has expanded its test facility by more than 50% from 6,458 sq ft to 9,817 sq ft.
This latest investment enables SengS to develop a 60ft test rig capable of testing risers, casings and drill pipe. The rig, which was designed and built in-house within four weeks, enables clients to perform multiple tests at a time – thereby saving time and money.
The company has also installed a 7.8m diameter x 5.8m high external water test tank, which will be used to conduct system testing for wellhead equipment, remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) and subsea components.
SengS has already received additional work orders as a result of these enhanced capabilities, including a minimum 12-month testing project in the Mediterranean Sea for a global pipe firm which will secure at least four technician jobs at SengS.
Established in 2012, SengS has successfully delivered more than 400 projects across multiple disciplines for clients in the North Sea, Scandinavia, the Middle East and North Africa. The company currently employs 17 people.
Murray Kerr, founder and Managing Director of SengS, Kerr left school at 15 and joined the Royal Navy. He remortgaged his home four years to set up SengS, returning a net profit of £2.1 million two years later. He said: “Our ambition is to become leaders in pressure and temperature testing and, with this latest investment in the company’s testing capability, we are getting ever-closer towards this goal.”