Contract award and expansion for fluid management environmental specialist

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A new independent Aberdeen-based oil and gas service company has secured its first major contract, while at the same time expanding its operations.

TEMS International, a drilling fluid systems specialist, launched earlier this year with a five-strong team of experienced oil and gas industry professionals.

The firm has secured a two-year contract to undertake environmental and regulatory compliance, and drilling waste processing and treatment work at an onshore oil and gas waste processing facility in Tanzania.

At the same time, it has also expanded by absorbing Aberdeen firm Team CB, which delivered solids control, water treatment and tank cleaning services. Team CB’s two full-time members of staff and three consultants have transferred over to TEMS International, including founder Colin Bruce who has become international business development manager.

In order to accommodate its growing team, which now stands at seven staff and three consultants, TEMS International has relocated to 90sqm of office space in Torridon House on Aberdeen’s Regent Quay.

The Tanzanian deal will see three members of the firm’s workforce being based onsite at an oil and gas waste processing facility in the east African country for the next two years. Staff will oversee the processing and treatment of oil and gas drilling waste, and ensure the facility remains compliant with environmental and government regulations. There are options for the contract to be extended beyond the initial scope and duration of the work.

Bill Walkingshaw, TEMS International managing director, said: “Securing the Tanzanian work is a great boost for us. It has the potential to open up projects in other industry sectors in the country and worldwide, which is important in ensuring the sustainability of the business. Maintaining environmental and legislative compliance at all times in the oil and gas industry is crucial, and we’re here to advise and assist clients in achieving that.

“Bringing Colin and his team into the business strengthens our already experienced workforce. Having specialised in environmental waste and water treatment services, it deepens our knowledgebase in that area.”

TEMS International, which is also targeting work in the UK, USA and Asia, aims to provide operators with significant cost savings over the life-cycle of their drilling campaigns. Its comprehensive range of services seek to optimise the performance of drilling systems, which in turn reduce drilling costs and ensure environmental and regulatory compliance

The business has received backing and funding from Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International. Both agencies have noted the potential for the independent firm to deliver its services in oil and gas provinces around the world. This underlines the diverse wealth of knowledge, skills and technology that has been built up in the UK oil and gas industry over the decades and the ability for these to be exported globally.

Head of trade and investment, energy at Scottish Development International, Ewen Cameron, said: “News that TEMS International has successfully secured its first major overseas contract and is expanding its operations is great news and I congratulate the company on its achievements. Formed off the back of the downturn, this is a great example of the resilience of Scotland’s oil and gas skills and expertise and I wish the company every success in the future as it continues on its international growth journey.”

Founded in 2017, TEMS International is an independent oil and gas service company focused on managing and optimising the performance and compliance of drilling systems. Headquartered in Aberdeen, the firm’s services cover rig audits, drilling fluid systems management and optimisation, waste management programme planning and tank cleaning.


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