Jobs being created to support purchase of five new remotely operated vehicles
Subsea specialist ROVOP is to create 60 new jobs to support its expansion of its remotely operated vehicle fleet for the offshore market.
The Aberdeen-based firm, which announced a new £8 million funding package in August, supplies remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to the offshore oil and gas and renewables sectors.
Funding came from Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Development International, the Scottish Loan Fund and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).
ROVOP said it will invest around £15million over the next 18 months in its purchase of five work class hydraulic machines, the first of which it will take delivery of in January.
The heavy-duty ROV systems will complement the mid-size machines already operated by ROVOP, and will allow the company to provide a full range of ROV services to the offshore market.
ROVOP said it will provide training for existing electrical and mechanical engineers for ROV pilot-technician posts, with the first 12 new recruits to begin training next month at FMC Schilling Robotics’ California facilities.
In addition, ROVOP is also investing around £250,000 in a state-of-the-art ROV simulator.
Steven Gray, managing director of ROVOP, said “This represents a significant milestone in the development of ROVOP.
“We will now be operating the most modern, capable and reliable fleet of ROVs in our market.
“Our new vehicles will enable us to carry out heavy work as well as more complex automated tasks subsea.
“The demand for our expertise and service continues to grow strongly and we expect that to continue as our fleet increases in size, power and capability.”
ROVOP, which was set up in June 2011 by oil and gas industry veterans Scott Freeland and Mark Vorenkamp and former lawyer Steven Gray, currently employs 30 staff.