A specialist North-east oil and gas industry support and training facility is on track to double its turnover this year.
The Aberdeen-based National Hyperbaric Centre (NHC), which has been operating in the North-east for more than 25 years is set to see an increase of more than £3m in the annual figures following growth in its consulting, training, testing and hyperbaric welding sectors, over the past six months.
The substantial increase is mainly due to securing contracts with global organisations and expanding into new markets, including Africa and Brazil. As a result of the growth, the NHC has taken on an additional ten employees this year to cope with the demand for their wide range of technical dive support services.
The NHC is a privately owned company offering services including commercial diver training, hyperbaric welding, subsea testing and consultancyto clients in the UK and across the globe.
Managing Director of the NHC, David Smith, said: “I am satisfied with the growth plan for the year so far, we are ahead of schedule and eagerly await the challenges of next year, which we believe will see similar growth and activity expansion driven by expansion into new overseas markets. The service we offer is specialised and recently the oil and gas industry has shown a greater focus on their diving contractors to prove competence within contracts. The diving industry itself is prosperous and the specialised service that we offer is being utilised accordingly.”
The NHC has secured a number of multi-million pound contracts with some major oil and gas operators this year and launched its own software program in April; DiveCert, which is a software package for the diving industry to ensure competence of all diving system equipment.
In addition to providing global subsea expert support and training, the NHC, which was launched in 1987, also boasts hyperbaric pressure test chambers rated to an operational depth of 8000 metres, a work chamber (rated to 1000 metres), saturation system (rated to 300 metres) and an outdoor water test tank. The company delivers a range of services including training courses, testing and trial facilities, research and development, auditing, diving medical support, equipment certification, senior consultancy and hyperbaric lifeboat reception.
Source: National Hyperbaric Centre