Subocean Moves to Scotland's 'Surf City'

The subsea specialist Subocean Group is investing £3.5 million in its continued growth by relocating to new premises in the northeast of Scotland and taking on additional equipment resources.

Subocean Group is due to move into new-built offices, with a capacity for 60-70 staff, at the subsea campus in Westhill, in Aberdeenshire, later this month. The rapidly developing business area is being dubbed "surf city" due to the growing cluster of subsea companies locating and expanding there.

Specialists in the lay and burial of cables under the seabed, Subocean has also invested in a high-powered ROV jetting system for use in the North Sea.

The Triton T800 vehicle, primarily a ROV jetting trencher but capable of operating in free-fly, skid-based trenching and survey modes, has been taken on a three-year lease by Subocean.

Subocean Group operations director Mike Daniel said: "We have invested in a long-term lease of the T800 ROV system to provide the very best technology to our clients in the North Sea. Moving into our new-build office space is something we have been keenly looking forward to. We will be among some of the leading exponents of subsea work, with a number of the major subsea contractors as our neighbors."

Subocean Group provides high-performance subsea cable installation and burial solutions, including rigid and flexible pipeline trenching, to the oil and gas, renewable energy, power cable and telecommunications sectors. It also supplies offshore management personnel, divers, life support technicians, ROV operators, subsea equipment operators and offshore administrators. Subocean's engineers can design and manufacture bespoke equipment to meet specific project, operational and safety requirements.

In addition to its new Aberdeen headquarters, Subocean Group also has an equipment storage and workshop facility in Middlesbrough. The company presently has some 40 people onshore and a personnel supply workforce of 100 offshore.

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