The recently opened Newcastle office of subsea installation contractor, Bibby Offshore, has enjoyed a successful first quarter of the year.
With existing premises in Aberdeen and Liverpool, the firm is expanding its presence across the UK.
Since its opening in November 2013, the Newcastle office has employed 23 skilled personnel, with a further 10 to be recruited in the coming months.
The 4724sqft office, located in Gateshead Quays on the River Tyne, will provide the company with a valuable hub in the region as it increases staff numbers and service offerings in the future.
The team in Newcastle is supporting North Sea UKCS projects, equipped with a multi-disciplined project management team.
However, it is anticipated that following on from the success of Bibby’s Liverpool office there will be opportunities to employ skills further afield as services are rolled out overseas.
Project director Shawn Bulgen said: “Our expansion into the North East of England is in response to the industry-wide skills shortage.
“For a number of years skilled engineering professionals have been commuting to Aberdeen-based oil and gas companies on a weekly basis.
“Our expansion into Newcastle will make us well placed to attract talent from the strong engineering tradition in the region.”
Since its inception ten years ago, Bibby Offshore has experienced significant growth.
The company now employs more than 1,200 people onshore and offshore, with offices in Aberdeen, Liverpool, Singapore, Houston and Trinidad.
It has an international fleet - set to grow to meet demand - including a total of eight subsea support vessels and 15 Remote Operating Vehicles (ROV).
With a backlog of planned work, the Newcastle office offers clients a dedicated and self-sufficient project management team that works in partnership with locally-based technology manufacturers.
Following the successful delivery of a fast-tracked Inspection, Repair and Maintenance (IRM) project in Tunisia, which came in on schedule and under budget, the North East team is currently working on a number of projects for local and international clients that include IRM, riser and umbilical installations, decommissioning and an annual IRM contract for a Danish company.
To launch the new office the firm held a drinks reception and networking event, featuring a presentation from Bulgen and Howard Woodcock, Bibby Offshore chief executive.
In May 2013, Bibby Offshore relocated to its new multimillion pound, purpose built headquarters in Westhill, Aberdeen, and recently opened additional new 50,000sqft storage space, workshop, warehouse, office space, a yard and maintenance facilities called The Hangar.
Bibby Offshore’s sustained growth was acknowledged in February this year when it won the Company of the Year award at the 2014 Subsea Expo Awards, which recognise overall performance in the sector.