MEMBER NEWS: Contract wins spark staffing increase for Kintore firm

May 18, 2022
MEMBER NEWS: Contract wins spark staffing increase for Kintore firm

Leading subsea controls specialist J+S Subsea Limited has reported an excellent start to 2022, with recent contract awards of more than £1 million set to prompt a 25% increase in staff in the coming months.

With 22 personnel currently on the team at the Aberdeenshire-based business, up to six more are set to join their ranks this year with subsea control engineers likely to be particularly in demand as the company seeks to expand its portfolio with a foray into renewables and controls.

Some 18 months since a management buyout of the subsea controls engineering division of SEA (part of Cohort plc) created J+S Subsea Limited, in-demand core services include the design of electrical distribution units and jumpers to reinstate power on assets, and the design of bespoke subsea electrical and hydraulic distribution assemblies.  These are backed by experts from within the team who are in increasing demand in an on-site technical authority capacity.

Demand has been further augmented by the soaring popularity of the Legacy Locker, an open industry portal for the reuse, refurbishment and recycling of subsea equipment which experienced a surge in demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic creating supply shortages.

Simultaneously, an upturn in new work from emerging marketplaces has seen J+S Subsea Limited deploy client representatives on decommissioning projects and IRM campaigns whilst technicians and engineers have been busy carrying out electrical diagnostics on clients’ assets.  Ongoing bidding for renewables and decommissioning work is also ensuring sustainability through diversity, and recent successes include the design and installation of a fibre optic and high voltage junction box, for client 23 Degrees Renewables, on their bespoke tracked trencher tool.

Ongoing growth plans are set to take another significant stride forward with the recent news that the business has been selected for the Fit 4 Offshore Renewables (F4OR) catapult programme.  This 12-18 month, in-demand programme is funded by the Energy Transition Zone (ETZ) and delivered in partnership with the Nuclear AMRC and Opergy.  It will support 20 North East businesses to get ready to bid for work in the offshore renewables sector, with participants reporting growth of an average 23%.

J+S Subsea Limited Managing Director Phil Reid said: “By consolidating our position within traditional markets and exploring new ones, we have been able to withstand the vagaries of recent operating conditions and we now look to the future with confidence and optimism.”

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