Quarztelec celebrates 20 years of North Sea engineering services in Aberdeen

Some of the team gather for a 20-year birthday party at Quartzelec Aberdeen.
Some of the team gather for a 20-year birthday party at Quartzelec Aberdeen.

Engineering services provider Quartzelec gears has celebrated 20-years of operation at its Aberdeen repair, maintenance, overhaul and re‑certification workshop – where it is  also expanding the facilities to better service customer requirements.

In late 1998, GEC Alsthom as the company was then, took the decision to set up a winding and electrical repair shop to service the growing needs of Shell’s North Sea oil platforms

Twenty years on, the Quartzelec Aberdeen business has proven itself in its field of expertise; with a particular focus on supporting rotating machines deployed in the marine and North Sea sectors.  

Recently, Paul Oliver was recruited to the position of general manager after Jamie Burns was promoted to a regional director role.

Now employing 38 people, three of the original five person team involved in the original business set-up are still employed at the York Street location.

The men responsible for laying down the foundations of this thriving Aberdeen business – Dave Murray and Bill Peace – are both now enjoying retirement, but were instrumental in the successful growth and will very much be an integral part of the 20-year celebrations planned for later in the year.

Whilst some storage is available at the Aberdeen workshop, not having been built with this purpose in mind, space has always been at a premium, so a dedicated machine storage facility has just been opened at the city’s Welling Trade Park, just five minutes’ from the existing facility. 

The 500m² unit provides not only secure, temperature and pest-controlled storage, but facilities for HV and LV machine maintenance, supplies for winding heaters, a 5T forklift plus additional customer meeting rooms. 

Paul Oliver explained: “All electro‑mechanical equipment, generators, pumps, fans and other rotating machines need care and regular maintenance – even when they’re not in use.

“If stored incorrectly and not accessible for necessary checks, machine components or even the machine as a whole can be at risk of damage and could prove useless when needed.  Providing this additional storage facility has proved popular with many of our off-shore customers.”

20 Jul 2017


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