Omega Subsea UK, a leading provider of project personnel to the energy industry, has acquired Westhill-based personnel firm Accpron UK. The move will strengthen Omega Subsea UK’s provision of project management teams and individual personnel to the subsea, energy and oil and gas industries.

Based in Inverurie, Omega Subsea offers total project management and onshore and offshore consultancy services to energy sector businesses operating in the UK, Europe and Africa. It aims to provide clients with teams of skilled personnel to deliver complete projects, ultimately on a cradle-to-grave basis, covering roles such as tendering, contract award executions and final project closeout.

Accpron UK was established in 2011 to provide qualified and experienced personnel to the subsea and ROV industries. The firm was led by general manager Keith Robathan who will now hold the same role with Omega Subsea. All of Accpron’s staff, comprised mainly of project personnel, will transfer to Omega Subsea and operate from its premises at Crichiebank Business Centre, Inverurie.

The two companies had previously worked together as preferred partners, and clients of both firms will now benefit from a greater depth of service as a result of their combined expertise. Omega Subsea will continue to concentrate on providing project management teams, but will also offer specialist teams to deliver focused commercial, contractual and HSEQ support services.

Although the drilling and subsurface engineering, decommissioning, and onshore and marine renewable markets will remain important to Omega Subsea, it will use its increased skillset to diversify into other sectors. It has identified that the talents of its workforce are transferable into the construction and maintenance, rail and civil engineering markets.

The acquisition comes just one year after Omega Subsea UK was established. During that time the firm has secured a clutch of contracts with operators and tier one contractors in the subsea and oil and gas sectors in the North Sea, Mediterranean and West Africa.

Alistair McKee, Omega Subsea UK managing director, said: ‘This acquisition represents a good fit for both companies. In these challenging market conditions the need for stability and backing is of primary importance in order to reassure clients, something this move can deliver. The combined company resources and increased diversity of our candidate portfolio will aid the targeted expansion of our service offering to the energy industry. It also provides an impetus to expand across a wider industry geography.’

Keith Robathan, general manager of Accpron UK, said: ‘The acquisition by Omega Subsea is in line with its focus of providing a complete project management service, either delivered in-house or at the customer premises. Principally, the combined entities enhance the offering of project teams for small and mid-sized projects for both E&P and contracting companies.’

Omega Subsea UK is the UK division of Norwegian project management firm Omega AS. The international business has 15 offices around the world and supports clients operating in a diverse range of industries. It currently has over 1,100 consultants on assignment.

Petter Aalvik, CEO of Omega AS, added: ‘This latest acquisition solidifies the presence of Omega within the UK and strengthens the commitment to customers across the energy sector. By creating the best environment for consultants and clients; we believe that the expanded capacity created by this acquisition will be advantageous for all concerned.’

Established in 2015, Omega Subsea UK is a leading provider of personnel and project teams to the subsea, oil and gas, and energy industries. Based at Crichiebank Business Centre in Inverurie, the firm is the UK division of Norway-based Omega AS. Omega Subsea UK provides clients throughout the UK and in West Africa with total project management services and onshore and offshore consultancy services. For further information on Omega Subsea UK visit www.omegasubsea.com or telephone 01467 894056.

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