Exciting Times Ahead for Subsea 7
18 February 2011Over the past few years we’ve all experienced the global recession in some way. In some cases, this has resulted in oil companies cutting back in investments – but we are starting to see these doors open now and projects that had been put on the back-burner are now moving ahead.
What we’re seeing is a resurgence in confidence in investing in the North Sea. Many oil and gas operators are putting more capital investment into the North Sea and accelerating programmes for development of new infrastructure.
It’s been exciting times for Subsea 7 since the company merged with Acergy in January, bringing two existing high-quality workforces to create a single best in class team with a common culture and values. I think it is a great alignment.
The new Subsea 7 will enable clients to access a high-end, well-diversified fleet, comprising 42 vessels supported by extensive fabrication and onshore facilities able to deliver the full spectrum of subsea engineering, construction and services. What we do here in the UK is predominately focused towards the North Sea, but at the same time we also support our global business – a third of our business here is pointed at supporting other parts of the world.
Our new Renewables Division was launched in the last few weeks and will be based in Aberdeen. We see it as the right time to come into the market and transfer our proven seabed-to-surface expertise, capabilities and strong safety and risk management processes and systems to develop and execute work in this emerging market. With people and facilities in Wick, Aberdeen and Glasgow we are well positioned for this work.
We’re currently managing more than 30 subsea projects and are continuing to win more, meaning there are lots of opportunities to join our team. At the moment we employ 1,700 people in the north-east, and we are actively recruiting for new members of staff in a number of disciplines to meet the growth in our business. These are predominantly at our Westhill offices, but there are also opportunities elsewhere in the UK.
We are looking for committed people – people who are as excited about the industry as we are. Obviously what we do here is very technical and we require engineers and technical professionals, but we’re also looking for good people in most disciplines including HSE, quality, procurement and contracts.
We take on students and apprentices every year and are currently in the process of selecting graduates for 2011. Later in the year we will be starting another of our successful conversion programmes, where we take experienced professionals from other industries and train them to work in the offshore business. These training programmes give people a great chance to get into the exciting subsea industry, providing them with the skills and experience they require.
As well as investing in people, we’ve invested in our onshore facilities. At our Westhill campus we have two new offices, a workshop and a separate sports facility which includes a gym and sports hall.
The north-east is the global centre of excellence for people in this business. This is where the smartest, the brightest and the most experienced people who do what we do live and work, and we are keen to invest in them.
If you think you have what it takes to join Subsea 7 visit www.subsea7.com/ careers.html