A US oil and gas services company has announced a 20-year commitment to Scotland with a £40 million investment in a new, purpose-built global HQ, manufacturing and engineering centre.
The investment in the new facility in Kintore, near Aberdeen, marks NOV’s largest investment in the UK business in recent years.
The 210,000 ft² facility is the company’s global HQ and engineering centre for its wireline equipment manufacture and provides after-sales support for all NOV intervention equipment in Europe, Africa and the CIS.
It has been purpose built to support NOV’s 24-hour manufacturing and servicing operations for intervention and stimulation equipment. The new facility houses the global research and development centre for wireline, manufactures winches, masts, pressure control equipment and tubulars, and provides after sales support and servicing for wireline and Anson products.
More than 300 workers are based at the Kintore site – which has combined the company’s Dyce, Westhill and Netherlands facilities – and the move has seen an increase in headcount by more than 65 to service new multimillion-pound contract wins in the Middle East.
David Brebner, NOV Vice-President for Wireline, said: “The new building demonstrates a huge commitment to the north east Scotland. We have ongoing business in the North Sea and we have seen an increase in this market during the past six months with both our UK and Norwegian customers.”
Colin Clark, Conservative MP for Gordon, said: “This investment by a global leader in oilfield equipment represents a strong vote of confidence in the oil and gas industry here. The fact that such a major player is committing to a further 20 years in Aberdeenshire sends a clear signal that there is plenty of life left in the North Sea.”
20 Apr 2018