Proserv expands subsea test and assembly facility

Proserv expands subsea test and assembly facility

Posted: June 7, 2013

Proserv has grown its industry-leading subsea test and assembly centre in Aberdeenshire after investing in additional skilled personnel, new equipment and facilities.

New features at the cutting-edge facility, which has doubled its capacity in the last 18 months, include:

  • Two purpose-built surface test bays.
  • A purpose-built cell for tubular and riser testing
  • 200-tonne SIT areas, fully serviced for stack-up testing
  • Upgrades to the existing test pit facilities with all controls at surface
  • New, fully-serviced client SIT offices complete with conference, Internet and office facilities
  • A purpose-built clean room within the workshop for sampling and testing of control fluids
  • A LEAN (lean manufacturing, lean enterprise) team

Additional features added to further enhance the efficiency and cost effectiveness of Proserv’s operations are quality driven flow processes, additional communication tools and tool bay upgrades to minimise downtime.

Members of the Proserv team were today (Friday, June 7) showcasing the enhanced facilities at Birchmoss, Echt where the company has also brought its range of subsea capabilities – subsea services, controls, and inspection and calibration services under one integrated organisation.

Proserv’s facility is believed to be the only one of its kind in the UK in terms of its size and industry-leading capabilities. Complete with large test pits and 75 tonne internal craneage, the facilities are used for the design testing, maintenance and installation of subsea equipment including tree assembly, system integration tests, factory acceptance tests, and blow-out preventer re-certifications prior to deployment offshore or subsea.

Mark Williams, who was recently appointed as Proserv general manager with responsibility of overseeing the Birchmoss operation, said: “Building upon our facilities at Birchmoss and creating even leaner processes further reinforces Proserv’s track record for delivering integrated solutions in market-leading response times. This, in turn, significantly increases the added value we provide for our clients.”

“Our robust processes are further underpinned by the recent introduction of the internationally-recognised Lean Six Sigma and 5S quality management systems and environment which ensures the training and development of staff at every level.”

Proserv, which runs a Technician Apprentice Programme accredited by SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority), this programme, attracts fresh blood into the talent pool and provides an excellent start to a Technician’s career in Proserv.

Mr Williams said: “We have developed a bespoke training programme from which we can tailor a personal development plan for each individual according to their skills and training needs. This includes a mentoring and coaching programme which is proving very successful. The oil and gas industry is an exciting industry to work in and Proserv offers long-term career opportunities on a global platform.

“Proserv is actively working to attract new talent into the industry and as part of this drive, the company is holding a recruitment event at Aberdeen’s Maritime Museum on June 27 to give people a greater insight into the career opportunities within the organisation.”

Mr Williams joined Proserv at the beginning of this year and has more than 20 years’ experience of the oil and gas industry and is personally driven by a relentless commitment to customer service and safety. He has developed a strong track record in technical and commercial management as well as project management and business leadership.

Mr Williams said: “Proserv is a dynamic company with an ambitious vision for growth and this is fast being achieved as the Birchmoss expansion demonstrates. Proserv’s global reach has rapidly evolved as a result of the company’s strong focus on its specialist technology and international network of services. I look forward to helping the company to build on this success.”

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