Sulzer Wood Expands Ellon Facility

Sulzer Wood Ltd, a joint venture between international energy services company, John Wood Group PLC and Sulzer Pumps, has increased the size of its pump and compressor service facility in Ellon, Scotland from 25,000 sq ft to 60,000 sq ft to provide enhanced levels of service for clients in the North Sea oil & gas industry.

The improved capacity has enabled Sulzer Wood to introduce key improvements into its operations, including a complete restructuring of the facility layout in conjunction with process improvements, with the aim of reducing turn times for customers. The company has also relocated its inventory management activities into the Ellon facility from an offsite location, which comprises £35 million worth of customer-owned stock stored in support of long term contracts with major UKCS operators.

In line with this growing volume of work, Sulzer Wood has increased its workforce from 70 to 80 during the last 12 months, and expects to create an additional 10 new positions by the end of 2007.

Steve Miller, General Manager of Sulzer Wood, said: "We have consolidated our entire operations under one roof to deliver faster, better quality and more cost-effective service solutions for our customers. Over the past three years our business has grown by almost thirty percent, and the recent expansion of our workshop capacity and workforce of highly skilled personnel will ensure that we continue to support an increasing demand for our services."

Sulzer Wood Ltd provides maintenance, overhaul and testing services for a wide range of high-speed rotating equipment used in the North Sea oil & gas industry, including pumps and compressors. The company operates as part of Wood Group Gas Turbine Services' Light Industrial Turbines business.