Add Energy doubles workforce and wins new business worth $4m

Add Energy, the international energy consultancy provider, has more than doubled its workforce in Aberdeen and Houston as a result of recent global contract wins and innovative software developments.

In what has proved to be one of the most successful year’s that the company has enjoyed since it was established over 30 years ago, Add Energy has increased its workforce by 103% in 12 months; from 79 last January to 160 this year with plans to recruit a further 30 personnel over the next six months, increasing the team in offices across the globe.

The buoyant year has allowed the company to secure jobs for the next three years in its asset and integrity management division, despite the current low oil price environment. This has included senior management appointments made in Saudi, Houston and Muscat, further bolstering Add Energy’s global presence, and allowing the expert team to provide in-country support for on-going projects and business development.

As well as this, the energy consultancy also increased its senior leadership team by 40% in the Asset Management HQ in Aberdeen, with the appointment of Dr Damon Bowler (Manager of Projects) and Marc Tichelaar (Operations Manager).

With over 25 years of asset management experience, Dr Bowler has worked in the oil and gas industry in various roles, and has a diverse range of technical, business and management skills.

This includes over 15 years working for Shell in process safety, operational excellence, reliability, maintenance, operations and projects, within onshore and offshore production assets, gas plants and LNG. He also has 10 years of maintenance, reliability and technical / management consultancy experience within numerous industries including electricity & power, oil & gas, refining and petrochemicals.

Dr Bowler is also a committed safety leader with a demonstrable passion for process safety. He is the chair of Step Change in Safety’s hydrocarbon release prevention workgroup and is currently leading the development and roll-out of new best practice guidelines for the offshore industry.

Trained in the mechanical engineering and aerospace technology field, Marc Tichelaar has worked in the reliability and maintenance engineering disciplines in upstream Oil and Gas for the past 20 years.

This includes Maintenance and Reliability consultancy work for major operators and drilling contractors in Europe, Asia and Middle East. Marc then moved on to manage the Operations of a rig inspection, consultancy, and training company in Singapore, and later moved to Aberdeen as the General Manager of the same company. At present Marc is fulfilling the role of Operations Manager for Add Energy Asset and Integrity Management, supporting the Add Energy team to ensure timely delivery of quality services globally.

Peter Adam, Executive Vice President, Add Energy commented: “We are thrilled to have increased the headcount in our Aberdeen office, especially at a time when many companies are looking to reduce personnel. We have endeavoured to recruit locally during the process to ensure opportunities for both the development and employment of graduate engineers in the regions we work in.”

A major long-term agreement with BP worth over £20m, as well as new projects across the globe including UK, North America, Monaco, Indonesia, Tunisia, Denmark and Austria have been at the forefront of the expansion. Add Energy has also recently secured a commercial partnership in Saudi Arabia, allowing the ambitious team to trade in Saudi and help them in qualifying as a supplier for Saudi Aramco.

These contracts, as well as six new clients acquired at the end of last year, totalling over £4,089,000, sees the energy consultancy firm expand into power generation and mining, as well as continue its work providing solutions to drilling contractors, FPSOs and oil and gas operators.

Looking to the year ahead, Peter Adam concluded: “For Add Energy, 2018 looks like a solid year of growth. From a business perspective we will be looking to consolidate what we have, continue to recruit talented personnel and expand our overseas operations.”

He added: “I would anticipate that we will have particularly high growth in Houston and in the Middle East market during 2018.”