Scotvalve Services Limited (Scotvalves) officially opened the doors of its new state of the art facility in Kintore, Aberdeenshire today (31 January).
The 4.4 acre site - which incorporates Aberdeen’s largest fully-enclosed gas pressure test pit – was opened by The Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Bruce, MP for Gordon.
Scotvalves, part of the Petrofac Group, provides refurbishment and recertification services to oil and gas pressure control and process equipment for both on and offshore. The new facility will allow Scotvalves to offer an increase in these capabilities to customers to meet growing industry demand, as well as doubling the staffing of the company.
The purpose built site has been designed to accommodate the largest equipment in the surface and subsea industry. It will offer improved repair and testing capacity and mean Scotvalves can safely and efficiently dismantle and inspect equipment regardless of size or configuration.
Scotvalves has also extended its range of workshop capabilities through investment in heavy lifting, CNC machine tools, welding stations and the custom-designed gas test pit. Measuring seven metres long, six metres wide and six metres deep, the test pit is built to high-tech specification, has pressure test capability for 30,000psi, and can accommodate a wide range of oil and gas pressure control equipment.
Sir Malcolm Bruce said: “I’m really impressed with the facilities that I’ve seen here. We have here in the North East all kinds of companies, of which this is one of the really leading edge ones, that are doing really fantastic, high technology, precision engineering to serve the industry. As long as we are able to provide that world class service, quality, delivery and understanding, then this industry has a great future and companies like this are an absolutely vital part of that.”
Bill Dunnett, Managing Director, Petrofac Offshore Projects & Operations said: “This facility is an important part of our long-term strategic growth plan, and further evidence of our commitment to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire as the centre of excellence and expertise for our global offshore business, which now employs 6,000 people worldwide.”
Roy Burnett, Director of Oilfield Services, Scotvalves said: “This has been a much anticipated day for our staff and customers and marks the beginning of an exciting next phase for the company.
“The site has been custom-designed which has allowed us to significantly increase our offering and take account of the needs of our customers to allow us to deliver a more valuable, end-to-end service, all under one roof.”