Norson's Houston Operation Triples in Size

Norson Services has trippled its business in Houston, three years after opening a base to service the oil and gas sector in the Gulf of Mexico, and has moved into premises four times the size of its original facility to meet the increased demand for its services.

The multi-disciplined services company, headquartered in Aberdeen, opened its Houston base in 2002 to capitalise on the extensive program of deepwater developments in the Gulf of Mexico. US business now accounts for 16% of Norson's £15 million turnover.

The US division is about to start work on the cleaning and commissioning of pipework on a third bulk storage oil tanker for Northrop Grumman in a contract worth over $4.5 million.

Headed up by vice president Stewart Emmerson, Norson's Houston operation now employs 10 people with support from the Aberdeen headquarters. However, the company is about to embark on a major recruitment drive for US nationals and has recently appointed a sales and marketing manager based in Louisiana. Mike Pinkham has over 20 years experience in the marine industry and joins Norson to build on its growing client base in the marine sector.

Norson Services provides pipeline, process and umbilical services as well as hydraulics services, including the design and construction of hydraulic systems, together with system and component maintenance and the supply of hydraulics components.

"While our focus was primarily on providing subsea and flow line commissioning, we have made significant in-roads into the marine sector which now represents 60% of our US business," says Emmerson.

After Norson's success on large subsea projects such as Girassol offshore Angola and Canyon Express in the Gulf of Mexico, the company was ideally placed to promote its subsea umbilical and flow line commissioning services in Houston. However, following the keen interest from several major shipyards, Norson developed its process services work in the marine construction industry in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Using advanced techniques, Norson develops testing and pre-commissioning processes for pipeline, umbilical and piping systems on land-based marine and offshore installations.