Hydro Group Builds New Facility

Hydro Group held an opening day to honor the company's new £4.2million research, design, engineering and manufacturing facility at Aberdeen Science and Energy Park earlier this week. 

Building the state-of-the-art premises will aid Hydro Group's future development of new products, including those for the renewable sector. The facility spans a total of 40,000 square feet, reducing Hydro Group's carbon foot print by utilizing rainwater recovery and heat recirculation. 

£500,000 has been invested in new equipment for the facility which includes a purpose built cable layup machine designed for short power cables mainly for the marine renewable sector. This increased capacity also allows cable runs for subsea bundles of up to 10,000m depending on the diameter. 

A further £250,000 investment will be spent on a new 10,000psi pressure test vessel to be installed by the end of 2010. 

Hydro Group managing director, Doug Whyte, said, "We were honored to be joined by the First Minister on such a special day and to have Mr Salmond perform the official opening of the building. 

"We wanted to use the event as a thank you to all Hydro Group staff who, with the guidance of Scottish Manufacture Advisory Service (SMAS), helped design the building and layout of their new working environment and support from Scottish Enterprise Grampian prior to and throughout the three year planning process."

The expansion has already allowed for growth in employee numbers, six extra Staff have been appointed recently and Hydro Group is hoping to create a further six positions before the end of this financial year. 

First Minister Alex Salmond said, "Hydro Group's decision to create this £4.2 million headquarters in Aberdeen demonstrates the company's confidence in the local workforce, the Scottish economy and the opportunities available in the emerging sectors of renewables and marine sciences. 

"Despite the economic downturn, Hydro Group has continued to grow and build on its success, recruiting six new staff since moving to these impressive new premises at the Aberdeen Energy Park. 

"Hydro Group is right at the cutting edge of technical developments, particularly in the renewables sector. And renewables has huge potential for Scotland – it’s estimated that around 60,000 jobs could be created in Scotland by 2020 in low carbon industries. 

"I am delighted to officially open this state-of-the art new facility and wish Hydro Group every future success at its new headquarters." 

Lena Wilson, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, said, "Hydro Group is an excellent example of a Scottish company expanding and growing out of the recession by capitalizing on the opportunities within the global energy sector."