Major Contract Wins for New Engineering Firm

A newly established oil and gas consulting and engineering firm has won a staggering £1.5 million worth of contracts since setting up in September.

Xodus Group which aims to take a substantial share of the oil and gas consulting market, has already been awarded major contracts from some of the biggest players in the oil and gas sector, including BP, Talisman, Total, Shell, SGS, Marathon, Petro-Canada and Amerada Hess.

The clutch of contracts, across all divisions of the group - Xodus Technology, Xodus Oil & Gas and Xodus Subsea - have led to the recruitment of seven process and subsea engineers in the past month.

"We have made a significant commitment to the marketplace," says founding director, Colin Manson. "We stated that we will recruit and train staff from outwith the industry and the area and we are doing that."

Currently Xodus employs engineers from six different countries including Nigeria, Iran and Venezuela in positions ranging from graduate trainee to senior consultant.

"The integrated, independent approach is reaping rewards," says Manson. "Our engineers in all three divisions are working closely together on many of the projects which results in the delivery of effective and innovative solutions to the ever-complex challenges facing our industry."

Xodus Group, which has attracted almost £2 million in investment and is supported by the Royal Bank of Scotland, is already employing 30 multi-discipline engineers, with plans to expand the workforce to 60 within the first year. From its headquarters in Aberdeen, the company will very quickly embark on an ambitious international growth strategy.

Xodus is a multi-discipline consultancy specializing in the independent delivery of software products and engineering services that support the upstream oil and gas sector.

Founding director Steve Swindell adds: "With an extremely buoyant market there are huge opportunities for us particularly in the integration of subsea and topsides design, supported by software based technology products aimed at optimizing production, environmental emissions and integrity. We aim to offer a unique service that will push the boundaries of current thinking and processes to fill the gap in the market."