Subsidiary Global Project Services secures new premises in Bergen
Inverness-based Global Energy Group is to open its first permanent base in Norway later this week.
The offshore engineering and fabrication group's subsidiary, Global Project Services, has secured premises near Bergen.
Global Project Services (GPS) has been working in Norway for the past seven years, with current clients including Statoil, Aker Solutions, Kvaerner and Fabricom Suez.
GPS has supported a number of projects in Norway, including Statoil's Hammerfest liquefied natural gas plant, thought to be the world’s most northerly construction site.
It also worked on the development of the Statoil-Alstom Carbon Capture prototype at Mongstad, north of Bergen, and the construction of semi-submersible drilling platforms for Aker.
First Minister Alex Salmond announced the GPS new site opening on his visit to Norway.
He said: “The Global Energy Group, and its subsidiaries, are a fantastic Scottish success story, creating jobs and prosperity in Scotland, while exporting its expertise and working with leading multi-nationals to help deliver major engineering projects around the world.
“The development of offshore oil and gas in the North Sea over the last 40 years has led to extensive ties between the sector in Scotland and Norway, and the successful collaboration between Global Project Services and many of Norway’s leading companies epitomises the benefits of these connections.
“I am delighted that Global is now in a position to consolidate and build on what is already a very successful business in Norway, to establish a permanent base in the country and drive forward with its plans for the future.”
Global Energy Group now employs 4,300 people – 1,800 in Scotland - and reported a rise in turnover to £250 million in its most recent accounts.