Ellon-based firm nets £1.6million contracts

Murray Kerr, the founder of SengS
Murray Kerr, the founder of SengS

An Ellon-based engineering services firm has continued to build upon recent momentum with the announcement of new contracts worth £1.6million.

SengS, part of the Pryme Group, will design, manufacture and install various test equipment for the onshore and offshore assets of several North Sea oil and gas operators and service companies.

Further afield, SengS has also been tasked with the completion of a subsea design project in Tunisia, North Africa – with all work to be carried out at the company’s Ellon facility.

These latest contract wins, secured in the past two months, follow repair and maintenance projects worth over £600,000 that were announced in May.

This means that, within months of starting its new financial year, SengS has already won more than £2million of new business.

Having increased turnover from £1.7million in June 2016 to £2.1million for its March 2017 year-end, the business has revised its growth projections upwards and is now projecting turnover of over £3million by next March – nearly doubling turnover in less than two years.

Murray Kerr, who founded SengS in 2012, recently took on the role of group strategic commercial director at Pryme Group, following the Dundee-based organisation’s acquisition of SengS in November 2016.

Murray has been succeeded at SengS by new managing director, Peter Thomson.

Murray said: “With the support of our sister companies within the wider Pryme Group, we have been able to complement SengS’ existing engineering and testing knowledge and expertise with fabrication, machining, coating and painting capability to offer clients a one-stop shop.

“This offering has been a major contributing factor in our recent success and has allowed us to develop extremely cost-effective and innovative solutions that enable clients to stay on budget while still receiving a premium product.”

The business has invested £4.2million over the past three years in developing its 9,817 sq ft test facility.

This included a £250,000 investment last year to enhance its existing pressure testing capability with the addition of a custom-built 60ft test rig and a 7.8m diameter by 5.8m high external water test tank.