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Leading Subsea Company Attracts Global Interest

27 February 2011

Brisk business has been reported by Aberdeen-based Ecosse Subsea Systems, following the Subsea 2011 event in the city recently.

First-time exhibitors Ecosse Subsea Systems have announced interest from across the globe in all divisions of the company, particularly the £500,000 SCAR specialist trenching plough which was on display at the event.

The company was established in 1996 to provide subsea technology, engineering consultancy and specialist expert personnel for the subsea oil and gas markets around the world. The FPAL-registered company moved to its current base at Poynernook Road in 2010 and key markets include North Sea, West Africa, Brazil and the Gulf of Mexico.

The company has a staff of 15 and is headed by Turriff-born engineering expert Mike Wilson who has 25 years of experience in trenching and pipelay projects and has worked in countless countries around the globe.

For Ecosse Subsea Systems, Subsea 2011 also saw strong interest from deep water sectors such as the Gulf of Mexico in DeepBuoy, revolutionary subsea lifting technology which has been developed in partnership with Aberdeenshire-based oilfield chemical supplier Aubin and offers a low density, non-hazardous liquid gel capable of buoyancy up to 3,000 metres below the water surface.

The patented system can support, lower and raise subsea structures ranging from a few kilos to several thousand tonnes and has taken four years to develop including financial assistance from the Scottish Government, assessment by a major subsea contractor and validation work by Strathclyde University.

Commenting on the success of the event, Ecosse Subsea Systems founder and managing director Mike Wilson said: “As first-time exhibitors, we are very pleased with the feedback and interest that has been generated by our presence at the event and this has significantly raised our profile.

“In addition to lots of interest in the technologies we offer, our specialist personnel division was also busy with enquiries and we have seen a significant shift there. We now have an established reputation which has resulted in individuals coming to us looking for work and wanting to be on our books, rather than us seeking the right people for jobs we have.

Technologies such as SCAR and DeepBuoy have many potential applications across industries including oil, gas and renewables and we are very pleased at the level of interest these ground-breaking systems.”

Mike – a finalist in the Emerging Talent category of the 2011 Subsea UK Business Awards – added: “We have many more technologies we have waiting in the wings and the revenue we hope these will generate will go back into developing these as well as growing staff at Ecosse Subsea Systems.”