Former AMC Engineering directors have established a new oil and gas services company EnerQuip, with the goal to provide torque machines and associated services to the drilling and downhole tools sectors.The company, initially located in Tullos, Scotland, has said it plans to make an initial investment of £6 million ($9.14 m), and to move to a larger facility in the north-east in early 2016.In addition, EnerQuip has acquired a workshop, yard and office facility in Lybster, Caithness, to host fabrication and repair activities.The company plans to launch a new generation torque machine, for the assembly and dismantling of downhole tools, by the first half of 2016.The chairman/engineering director of EnerQuip, Andrew Polson, sold AMC Engineering to Forum Energy Technologies (FET) nearly four years ago, and now managing director Dave Clark, a former AMC senior manager and technical director John Duncan, a former AMC director, have joined him to launch EnerQuip.According to the company, additional three people are expected to be recruited by the end of July, with further 10 posts being created in Aberdeen and Lybster by the end of the year.Dave Clark, managing director of EnerQuip, said: “The new business provides us with a platform to offer a unique service package that harnesses our extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of our specialist sector.”“We’re equipped to support the international activities of industry contractors, and to do so quickly, reliably and efficiently.”“More than that, we’re tapping into that mix of experience and expertise to develop an improved torque machine that will add a new dimension to our offering. It’s an ambitious programme, but it’s achievable because of inherent capabilities and we look forward to taking it to the market.”ProductsAccording to EnerQuip, the company’s key products include a range of bucking units and fully rotational makeup and breakout torque machines and associated products, such as jar testers, containerised workshops and pipe handling systems.Furthermore, the company’s services include torque machine servicing and upgrades, jar tester repair and maintenance, equipment design and manufacture, calibration and software support. It also provides training and consultancy services.Additionally, the business stocks spares as part of its 24/7 service support, including dies, inserts, hydraulic cylinders, filters, hydraulic motors, hoses and fittings.[mappress mapid=”1837″]
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThe Scottish Government are prepared to approve planning permission for a Beauly Denny like powerline across Dumfries & Galloway if it means they can meet their renewable energy aspirations, according to the Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing.His comments came during a Ministers’ Questions session in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 15th March, following a request from Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray that the Scottish Government give “top priority” to the effects on local landscape, environment and tourism when considering their decision for planning approval of the 400kv SPEN powerline.Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray said:“The Beauly Denny line has become a scourge for people living in its shadow in the Highlands, and local people here in Dumfries & Galloway are well aware that we are being threatened with our own version of the gigantic line. In our case, just as was the case when the Beauly Denny line was given planning permission, the Scottish Government are not prepared to listen to local arguments when they consider SPEN’s final plans for approval. The key decision making factor for them will be whether they believe the line will help them to achieve their renewables target for Scotland. So if it wasn’t enough that Dumfries & Galloway is already being covered in an unfair number of wind farms, the Scottish Government are now prepared to thrust giant pylons on our region if it helps them with their targets. Local factors should be the top priority for the Scottish Government when considering these plans, but the fact is that our local landscape, environment and tourism industry seems to be at the bottom of the agenda for them.”
As work gets underway, Oliver Mundell, Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Dumfriesshire, visited the site of the slip to see the damage first hand and to meet the team undertaking the repairs.He said “I am grateful to Network Rail for the opportunity to come on site and see the damage caused by Storm Ciara and hear what is involved in rebuilding the embankment and reinstating the railway line.“It is apparent that the damage is severe and it makes you appreciate the force of the river and the destructive power it had when fuelled by the extreme wet weather.I know that the team here are working very hard in difficult conditions to get the railway rebuilt and re-opened for passenger services as quickly as possible”Tom Podger, Network Rail’s project manager for the reinstatement work said: “Flooding caused by Storm Ciara has led to significant damage beneath the track and we will need to rebuild the supporting embankment before reinstating and re-opening the line.“The landslip is located in a difficult location above the river and the remoteness of the site presents a challenge in getting equipment and materials to the site.“We are though working through these issues as quickly as possible to get the line re-opened for customers.”To keep passengers moving, ScotRail services will continue to run between Dumfries and Carlisle and between Kilmarnock and Glasgow, with a replacement bus operating between Dumfries and Kilmarnock.Passengers with ScotRail tickets may travel on Avanti West Coast and TransPennine services between Carlisle and Glasgow Central, via Lockerbie.Passengers can check their journey at https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ or https://www.scotrail.co.uk/It is anticipated that the line will be closed until March 16 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInWork to repair the landslip beneath the railway between Kilmarnock and Dumfries is now getting underway following damage sustained during Storm Ciara.The section of line near Holywood in Dumfries & Galloway has been shut since Monday (February 10) after Storm Ciara’s 90mph winds and extreme rainfall caused the nearby River Nith to erode an embankment beneath the railway.Detailed examination of the landslip by specialist engineers confirmed the extent of the damage and have developed a programme to repair the 1,700ton landslip beneath a 50m stretch of track.