Subsea specialist ROVOP is to invest more than £4 million in a new purpose-built headquarters – including training facilities, a full ROV underwater test facility and an internal 40-tonne overhead crane.
The next generation facility at Aberdeenshire’s Westhill area – known as the subsea industry’s SURF City – will also bring the company’s extensive fleet of ROVs and its ROV Academy under one roof.
In addition, the head office will feature high-quality offices including break-out amenities as well as full maintenance facilities – including electrical and hydraulic workshops – and ROVOP’s £250,000 ROV simulator. The three-storey block at Silvertrees Business Park can accommodate up to 120 people.
ROVOP, which is currently based at neighbouring Arnhall Business Park in Westhill, has experienced strong growth since recognising a gap in the market in 2011 for an independent company which is 100% focused on providing ROV services to the GOR (gas, oil and renewables) industries.
Steven Gray, Managing Director, ROVOP, said: “Establishing our own HQ enables us to build upon our specialist services in one hub, which is a major development from working across three sites.
“The addition of the test tank will also allow us to carry out maintenance or fit sensors and tooling and then wet-test our ROVs on-site ahead of their deployment offshore, as well as use them for demonstration and training purposes.
“With work contracted already as far ahead as 2020, we look forward to our new HQ providing us with the scope to grow our team and fleet to continue to meet future demand for high quality ROV services.”
The new HQ will support the company’s investment in its own ROV Academy with the creation of additional training and office breakout facilities. The academy has been developed to ensure a supply of the most competent offshore personnel, predominantly pilot-technicians for its fast-evolving fleet of ROVs, and includes a £250,000 simulator.
Architects Halliday Fraser Munro designed ROVOP’s business complex while Chap Construction is undertaking the work for the development, which is expected to be complete in December 2014.