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Welcoming new apprentices in Scotland

January 2nd, 2023 by

We were delighted to welcome nine apprentice welders to our facility in Kintore this week.

This first intake of apprentices by our business in Scotland comes at a revolutionary time in the company’s history and shows a tremendous investment in the future of our business and the industry as a whole.

As an organisation, we are very proud to commit to the Young Person’s Guarantee and join employers across Scotland in creating the best opportunities we can for young people.

Our new apprentices were given a comprehensive induction day which included a meeting with their apprenticeship mentors, and a tour of our state-of-the-art facility in Kintore, where they got to see some of our industry-leading technology in action.

Of these nine apprentices, six will be studying at the University of Highlands and Islands Campus in Inverness, and three will study through North East Scotland College in Fraserburgh.

We very much look forward to supporting our new team members as they commence their careers.

PTL completes transformational triple acquisition from Stanley Black & Decker

January 2nd, 2023 by

Pipeline Technique (PTL), a market leader in the onshore and offshore infrastructure welding, coating, and technological engineering sector, has today completed its transformational acquisition of a trio of industry-leading energy infrastructure businesses from Stanley Black & Decker. This marks the second acquisition of 2022 for PTL following the acquisition of Global Project Services in April.

PTL has acquired a group of three companies from Stanley Black & Decker, CRC-Evans, Pipeline Induction Heat (PIH), and Stanley Inspection including MicroAlloying. This acquisition creates a global leader in welding, coating, and technical engineering, significantly increasing the company’s headcount and immediately delivering a threefold increase in revenue for PTL, which is now expected to exceed $200 million.

PTL is now in a position to expand its essential welding, coating related projects and contracts across the world. Every aspect of the energy mix – including traditional gases, hydrogen, ammonia, and carbon capture – requires welding and coating to deliver safe, reliable, secure energy to meet the world’s growing energy demands.

PTL now has a broad range of industry-leading, cutting-edge technology including CRC-Evans’ world-renowned series of automatic and automated M-500 and P-625 welding machines, and PIH’s injection moulded polypropylene (IMPP) for thermally insulating welded joints using a low overall heat transfer coefficient that can perform at high operating temperatures. Stanley Inspection adds the latest technology to deliver complete non-destructive testing (NDT) solutions.

Frederic Castrec, CEO of PTL, said: “PTL delivers the essential building blocks of the energy supply chain. Low-carbon solutions like wind, hydrogen, and ammonia, at the forefront of new energy investment, still need the essential welding and technical engineering services we have provided for over 20 years.

“Investment in gas and renewables continues to grow to drive the energy transition and this acquisition places us at the forefront of a welding industry that is integral to meeting the world’s growing energy demands. As a result we will now be looking to take on essential work in more regions than ever before.

“We look forward to welcoming these three exceptional teams into our business and cannot wait to seize the opportunities this next chapter brings.”

Martin Somerville, Managing Director of Bluewater, which owns the business, said “This acquisition will help PTL continue its exceptional growth record. Frederic and his leadership team are better placed than ever to take on this critical work across the globe.

“In the last two months alone since the announcement of the acquisition, the company has signed significant new contracts to deliver services in new geographies. We strongly believe that these acquisitions have played a big part in winning these new projects.

Gulf of Mexico Award

January 2nd, 2023 by

Following a recent award for the supply of manpower and personnel services on the Subsea7 spoolbase in Ingleside, Gulf of Mexico, PTL has now commenced operations onsite.

The scopes to be completed are for deepwater developments in the Gulf of Mexico, each containing flowlines and steel catenary risers.

Pipeline Technique acquires Global Project Services

November 28th, 2022 by

Pipeline Technique (PTL), a leading provider of  infrastructure welding, coating and fabrication services, has acquired Global Project Services (GPS), infrastructure, nuclear and decommissioning welding specialists, from Global Energy Group (GEG).

Headquartered in Invergordon and with a presence in Bergen, Norway, GPS is a leading welding subcontractor across the UK and Europe, providing pre-fabrication, field specialist welding and mechanical works for the infrastructure, nuclear, LNG, hook-up, and decommissioning sectors.

The acquisition sees PTL immediately entering the infrastructure, nuclear, and decommissioning markets in the UK and Norway, ans supports the company’s strategic growth goals through sector diversification and geographic expansion and providing a broader range of advanced field welding and coating solutions to clients in the UK and internationally.

PTL has had a successful 2021, delivered a 3-fold increase in revenue and is on track for a further 50% increase this year. The company has also won several significant contracts in the USA, Kazakhstan and Brazil and has invested in the new state-of-the-art facilities in Aberdeen and Houston.

Frederic Castrec, CEO of PTL, said “We are pleased to announce a strategic acquisition that immediately delivers on our diversification path and allows us to enter new markets straight away. GPS has a 25-year history of delivering key services on complex but essential projects and we look forward to working with the GPS management team.

“In addition, we have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate with Global Energy Group at the Port of Nigg, a strategically located cross-energy sector facility at the heart of supporting the fast-growing offshore wind industry.”

PTL is backed by specialist energy Private Equity firm Bluewater, who have supported the acquisition. Martin Somerville, of Bluewater said, “The PTL team, led by Frederic, has delivered a very strong performance in the last 12 months. We are delighted to support the acquisition of GPS, which further accelerates this momentum and expands the market reach of the PTL offering.”