C&M Group Opens in Houston

Aberdeen-based C&M Group is underlining its international expansion by opening an office in the United States.

The electrical and engineering group is setting up a new company in Houston to expand on their international capabilities. C&M Marine Services (USA) LLC will provide a range of services and specialist products to the oil and gas and marine industries on a global basis.

C&M Group has appointed Patrick Granger to head up the US operation and build on the group's reputation for delivering turnkey oil and gas projects. Granger has 24 years experience in the oil and gas industry with the latter half of that in the areas of supply of marine accommodation, offshore construction and rental.

The international expansion follows on from C&M Group's recent success in delivering major international projects for Shell in Nigeria and BP in the Gulf of Mexico.

Speaking from OTC in Houston, Adrian Connell, C&M Group chairman and chief executive, says: "The opening of an operation in Houston is the next logical step in our development. We have just completed a turnkey project in the Gulf of Mexico for BP. This involved the conversion of a platform supply vessel into a 450 man flotel to support the Thunderhorse platform and has fully demonstrated our capabilities in terms of both international capability and service delivery.

"With an on-the-ground operation in Houston, we hope to quickly build on this track record and capitalise on the current opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico and other oil and gas provinces around the world.

"We are delighted to be able to make this announcement at OTC, our first time at the show, and are confident the contacts we make over the next few days will be invaluable to our growth in the US."

With three consecutive years of sustained dynamic growth, C&M Group is on track to record an impressive £13.5 million turnover this year. The group employs 65 people in Aberdeen and is aiming to grow the Houston office to six employees in the next year.

C&M Marine Services (USA) LLC will provide marine accommodations, offshore buildings, vessel management and inspection, conversion and upgrades as well as marine engineering, design services and naval architecture.

C&M Group is a multi-disciplined engineering business with four independent operating companies in the areas of marine, offshore oil and gas, advanced technology, electrical contracting and kitchen engineering.