New oil services venture targets Aberdeen market on move to Yarmouth

Adrian Smith (right) and Adrian Hak have expanded their business Pressure Integrity Ltd  in a joint venture with Epic International.
Adrian Smith (right) and Adrian Hak have expanded their business Pressure Integrity Ltd in a joint venture with Epic International.

Businessmen Adrian Smith and Adrian Hak have expanded their business, Pressure Integrity Ltd (PIL), to Great Yarmouth from Dorset, where it has worked for some of the biggest oil operators for more than 20 years.

The well-head installation and maintenance company maintains up to 200 onshore wells and hopes to create jobs in the town at facilities it will share with fellow offshore engineering company, EPIC International.

Both companies believe the move will fill the gap of some services lost when large multi-national companies shut their Great Yarmouth operations, as well as complementing each other’s services both on and offshore, especially in decommissioning.

And specialist machinery transported from Dorset is now unique in Great Yarmouth and could save businesses being forced to send work to Aberdeen or carrying out costly operations offshore, they said.

PIL, which had a turnover last year of £1.6m, will also bring work into Great Yarmouth from its long-term customers while retaining its operational base in Dorset.

Adrian Hak said: “Bringing our completion module make-up services where we build and test full modules in our workshop for shipment to the well-site, be it on or offshore saves considerable rig time, as the completion is semi-built before it gets to the rig.”

“We can get to exact torques and the assembly can be pressure-tested to confirm integrity. It costs a lot less to be made up here than the 12 hours’ rig time it would take if this module work was done offshore.

“It will also save companies sending work to Aberdeen for the same work since these machines were taken out of Great Yarmouth when companies have closed.”

Its services in Great Yarmouth include core well-head services including procurement and installation of well heads, procurement and installation of Christmas trees and API valves and maintenance and servicing of welheads, trees and valves.

This is the second time this year that EPIC International has expanded its services. In March it expanded into marine and subsea services with the appointment of business development manager Tonia Weldon, who has an extensive knowledge of ROV and marine services.

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