Client success allows oil and gas numbers to grow

A strong start to 2012 from oil and gas testing firm, Exova has led to five new appointments in its UK-based team.

The recruitment has been driven by a successful start to the New Year, with the Teesside, Aberdeen and Edinburgh laboratories winning key project contracts with global oil majors such as Chevron.

Brian Hogg (metallurgist), Emma Stowell (chemistry supervisor), James Cheyne (workshop trainee), Robert Leil (weld services inspector) and Russell Goldie (trainee weld and laboratory technician) and have joined the company across the three laboratories.

Meanwhile, Ewa Chrabaszcz has been promoted to the post of production manager, and Stuart Beattie to weld services inspector after passing the CSWIP welding course.
The addition of two weld services inspectors is because of growth in the weld school in Aberdeen. The 6 bay school offers engineering support including welding processes, materials and mechanical testing, NDT, welder testing and third-party certification and the appointments will help service this increased demand.

Exova’s general manager of Energy in Scotland and the North East, Paul Johnston, said: “These appointments not only help us add numbers but vital experience when our services are demanded more than ever. We are really pleased with how 2012 has started and with the new faces strengthening the team, we look forward to a promising year ahead.”

The Exova oil and gas team works from laboratories across the globe offering oil and pipeline testing services, pipeline corrosion testing, pipeline fracture mechanics, oil testing and reservoir engineering services.

The three UK laboratories have recently won a number of North Sea testing contracts, including work on a North Sea jacket for the Jasmine discovery, the latest uncovering of a number of high-temperature gas-condensate reservoirs.