Scottish Energy Minister opens ABB’s new £3m Aberdeen centre as oil and gas services set to recruit throughout 2014

Mike Crawford, Head of ABB Aberdeen
Mike Crawford, Head of ABB Aberdeen

Fergus Ewing, Scottish Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism has officially opened ABB’s new facility in Aberdeen, following a £3.5 million upgrade.

The Altens site is the headquarters for the power and automation technology company’s UK service businesses, bringing together its oil and gas and marine services, spare parts and logistics, turbocharging and consulting activities.

The move to the 27,000 square feet bespoke facility, from the city centre’s Commerce Street, accommodates an advanced learning centre for employees and customers, an automation build and test staging area and upgraded turbocharger workshop. The site also houses ABB’s consulting services team.

Consulting helps customers to improve the performance of their total operation in the areas of process safety, integrity management and reliability. Typical services include asset life extension, decommissioning, process safety risk assessment and management, alarm management, technical training and specialist technical engineering.

Increased capacity has enabled a 30% growth in staffing levels. ABB in Aberdeen now has 140 employees comprising 100 engineers, consultants (on- and offshore) and support staff. It also continues to grow its graduate programme, developing its engineers for the future. The company will continue to recruit engineers in 2014.

Mike Crawford, ABB’s Regional Service Manager, said: “We are now building the capacity and technology to support our customer base with advanced services across a more comprehensive portfolio of local services. This enables us to deliver more and new value to our customers, recognising the different requirements for supporting new and ageing assets.”

“ABB’s staging area continues to grow and now houses several scale replicas of the actual control and safety systems in use on specific customer assets. This allows ABB to perform thorough testing of software and its integrity prior to its release to site. This provides the confidence that design specifications and safety standards have been met thus reducing the work required to install and commission onshore.

“The facility also enhances preparation for planned offshore visits and improves the level of operational support provided from base to facilitate technical troubleshooting and maintenance.

“Having our operations close to the majority of clients, helps ABB engage more efficiently with its customers to ensure our portfolio of services from the supporting units meet their current and future needs,” explains Crawford. “The wide variety of products and technology installed offshore and the difficulty in gaining access for training purposes requires us to train our engineers in a controlled environment. The staging and learning facilities are ideally suited for this purpose and helps strengthen the resource pool of competent and highly skilled engineers to better serve the customer base.”

Senior ABB management, customers and the Lord Provost of Aberdeen, George Adam, also attended the celebratory opening of the upgraded facility.

ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact.




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