Headed by ESLP President and Chief Executive Jose Molina, the joint venture will operate from offices in Villahermosa in the Mexican state of Tabasco, which were formerly opened by John Reynolds, Lord Provost of Aberdeen, in January.
Optima brings to the joint venture many years experience in the North Sea, maximizing the operational efficiency of platforms, while SLP has expertise in offshore platform engineering and construction and has a license to Sea Horse, Sea Pony and other minimal facility platform designs. ESLP, which is experienced working in Mexico, will be the business development arm of the joint venture, providing cost analysis and technical and commercial bid preparation.
Paul Birch, Director at Optima in Aberdeen, said: "This joint venture in Mexico is part of a planned expansion of Optima into international markets, building on the strategic alliances we already have in Mexico, the Middle East, North Africa, the Caspian, and Europe. We are delighted to have formed this joint venture with such high caliber partners as ESLP and SLP Engineering."
The establishment of the joint venture coincided with a separate agreement by ESLP Optima to foster collaboration between the Universidad Tecnologica de Tabasco and The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen to share oil and gas technical know-how. Under the agreement Tabasco students will be able to access tools in Aberdeen and gain first-hand experience of engineering work on ESLP Optima projects in-house, so they can enter the Mexican oil and gas industry after graduation.
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