Wood Group Maintains 2014 Outlook On Strong North Sea, US Shale Demand

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Wood Group says its growth outlook for 2014 remained on track thanks to strong demand for its production services in the North Sea and US shale.



LONDON, May 14 (Reuters) - British energy services company Wood Group on Wednesday maintained its growth outlook for 2014 thanks to strong demand for its services from operators in the North Sea and the fast-expanding U.S. shale sector.

Growth in the production services (PSN) segment was set to offset a weaker engineering sector hit by oil producers' budget tightening since 2013 as earning remained on course to post a modest rise this year, Wood Group said.

"We see the trend and we are not immune when these things happen. This is why we looked at 2014 last year and signaled we didn't think results would be as strong as initially thought," Chief Executive Bob Kieller told Reuters.

"There is a focus on greater capital efficiency and getting more for the money spent so ultimately we can provide services when client spending declines ... Clients are very keen to get good return on assets so we make sure we don't over engineer things."

Producers seeking to squeeze extra drops of oil out of ageing North Sea assets and the booming shale business in the United States were the backbone of the company's operations.

PSN performance was also boosted by the Wyoming-based services firm Elkhorn, which it acquired last November.

"In the North Sea demand remains strong and we are benefiting from significant contract renewals secured in 2013," Wood Group said in an interim management statement ahead of the annual shareholder meeting.


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