ENGINEERING giant Amec is looking to capitalise on a renewable energy boom on Teesside after clinching a major order.
The firm, which employs more than 500 at its Darlington and Wynyard sites, recently won a £32m contract for the modification and extension of the Teesside Gas Processing Plant (TGPP) at Seal Sands.
Once the work is completed the plant will receive natural gas from the North Sea Breagh oil field, located about 100km south east of Teesside, and send it to the national grid.
The contract was awarded by Teesside Gas and Liquids Processing (TGLP) and work is due to be finished in April 2012.
It will strengthen Amec’s hand in the downstream oil and gas industry and build on a successful year for the company, which saw profits rise 27% in the 12 months to December 31.
Now the company is seeking to diversify by winning more work from the burgeoning green energy sector on Teesside.
A company spokesman said: “The North-east has always played a key role in the development of Amec. We already have a strong presence in Teesside with our sites at Darlington and Wynyard.
“Renewables is one of our key sectors. We are looking at things like carbon capture and storage and waste to power further down the line.
“We can move people from the oil and gas industry to renewable energy and vice-versa.”
Amec, which employs 22,000 people in around 40 countries, has grown organically by winning a host of major contracts - many in the oil and gas industry.
Last year it was awarded a £60m order by EDF Energy to extend a gas storage facility in Cheshire.
Amec also carried out design work on the £600m Gateway Underground Gas Storage Project in the Irish Sea off Barrow-in-Furness.
The company has also boosted revenues through a series of acquisitions, including environmental and engineering consultancy Entec and Australian commercial management firm Currie & Brown.
Earlier this year Amec also bought Aberdeen-based qedi, a project services firm serving international oil companies in the UK, Gulf of Mexico, Middle East, the Caspian and Australia.