MCS to Lead Wood Group's Advanced Subsea Technology Drive

MCS Inc.

MCS Inc. and J P Kenny have amalgamated MCS' Houston operations with J P Kenny's advanced engineering team, to form a new 50 people strong advanced subsea technology business, under the MCS banner.

The objective of the newly combined MCS Houston business is to establish an industry-leading capability in: riser and mooring design; harsh environment engineering; research and development services; advanced subsea engineering tools and analytical software; and subsea integrity management. Current examples of work being carried out by the group include ultra high-pressure/high-temperature pipeline and riser design; limit state engineering and dynamic simulation; advanced structural, geotechnical, and finite element analysis; arctic pipeline design; and deepwater riser engineering and management.

Wood Group subsidiaries J P Kenny, MCS, Ionik and Multiphase Solutions (MSi) collectively form the Subsea and Pipeline Technology Group ("SPTG"), which has more than 1,500 personnel worldwide, with permanent offices in 12 countries.

Dr. Paul Jukes, who is currently J P Kenny's advanced engineering manager, will be taking charge over the new group as president of MCS Inc, replacing Kieran Kavanagh, who will be moving to a new position as technology director for SPTG, based in MCS headquarters in Galway, Ireland.

Steve Wayman, CEO of the SPTG, said, "Today's challenging market demands that we continue to make new technology breakthroughs, so our customers can deliver their projects at lower total costs or exploit reserves which would otherwise be sub-economic. By expanding the role of, and resources in, MCS we will have a new group which is at the forefront of the application and advancement of subsea technology. This move also clarifies the core business of sister-company J P Kenny, which will continue as our primary vehicle for the delivery of major projects in the pipeline, subsea and marine renewables industries."

John Conroy, MCS CEO commented, "MCS is excited about taking on the mantle as Wood Group's focal point for advanced subsea technology. We expect the new Houston model to be the blueprint for our other operations worldwide."