Double celebration for local firm

STATS Group chairman Pete Duguid and chief executive officer Leigh Howarth
STATS Group chairman Pete Duguid and chief executive officer Leigh Howarth

A Kintore-based business is celebrating two decades in business with the award of its largest contract to date.

Pipeline technology specialists, STATS Group, has secured a contract worth close to $20 million (£14.2 million) with a Middle East national operating company.

The workscope includes providing isolation services in support of restoration work at a refinery in which multiple pipelines ranging in size from 3”-54” in diameter will be isolated using a range of specialist tools, including BISEPs, Tecno Plugs, clamps and hot tap machines.

The project requires STATS to manage site services and major subcontractors, including welding services, and will be managed by STATS’ Abu Dhabi team with support from specialist resources and technicians from across the group.

STATS Group chief executive officer, Leigh Howarth, said: “Our objective is to minimise plant downtime and complete the work as safely and efficiently as possible. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we are delighted to secure our largest contract to date. This award further strengthens our reputation as a leading provider of pipeline isolation services and underlines our capability for undertaking large international projects.”

STATS Group has evolved in to a global organisation which employs 210 staff in the UK, Canada, USA, the Middle East and Malaysia.

STATS also celebrated its anniversary by being awarded the Global Exports Award in the annual Subsea UK Awards.

STATS demonstrated to the Subsea UK judging panel an internationalisation strategy which required entry in to mature and established markets by providing clients with innovative technologies and high integrity solutions which offered key safety and financial benefits.

Future plans will focus on enhancing organic growth in existing international markets while penetrating and increasing market share in China, Australia and West Africa.

STATS is also shortlisted in the Export Achievement Award category in the SPE Offshore Achievement Awards.