RMEC’s six-figure investment into second test bay adds new jobs

Source: press release, 17 February 2020

RMEC pressure control mechanic, Lee Alexander, setting up client owned equipment for hydrostatic testing at the firm’s new test bay
RMEC pressure control mechanic, Lee Alexander, setting up client owned equipment for hydrostatic testing at the firm’s new test bay (photo: RMEC)

Global oilfield services firm RMEC has invested a six-figure sum in its on-site test bay facilities to maximise demand for its maintenance services as well as support the recertification of its extensive equipment rental fleet.

It has also employed two new support staff taking its total headcount to 43. The firm has shown further commitment to its workforce’s development by enrolling 16 mechanical and pressure control engineers onto the British Fluid Power Association’s (BFPA) industry-standard training programme. The hose and hydraulic fitting industry accreditation demonstrates best-in-class for safety and quality.

The south of Aberdeen headquartered company has installed a state-of-the-art surface-mounted test bay for hydrostatic and high-pressure gas testing. The new 6 x 6 x 2.5 metre bay can verify oilfield equipment up to 22,500 psi.

The tank has been designed to complement the firm’s existing sunken testing pool. The original 8 x 2 x 2.5 metre bay has also been refurbished as part of the investment. The facility now allows two assessments to be run simultaneously when required, and concurrent hydrostatic and gas pressure testing of oilfield equipment to be carried out more efficiently.

Included in the improvements, RMEC has incorporated a digital logging system to streamline the capturing of test results. The new software also allows large quantities of assessment data to be saved and stored securely and then isolated for quick analysis.

Over the last 2 years, the company has purchased more than £1million of rental equipment increasing its fleet ten-fold to support its international growth. This includes Black Eagle Hoses, small wellhead pumps and HP/HT pressure control packages.

Bryan Fagan, RMEC managing director, says, “Our double test bay facility is a significant investment and part of our business plan to ensure we are well positioned to deliver a higher standard of maintenance and re-certification services to our clients, while maximising the full potential of the secure space the RMEC location offers us. This flexibility we have to perform 24 hour working and use of both high-pressure hydrostatic and gas testing simultaneously is a real differentiator and we believe we are one of only a few companies in the North East of Scotland who can deliver this.”

“We pride ourselves in giving our clients the very best facilities, fleet opportunities and experts to help them. We are always keen on opportunities to invest in our people also as they are the backbone of the business’ successes. The BFPA training will guarantee they have the technical skills to carry out their work safely and efficiently,” adds Fagan.