Ellon set for major economic boost

An artist's impression of the planned development in Ellon by SengS Subsea Engineering Solutions Ltd
An artist's impression of the planned development in Ellon by SengS Subsea Engineering Solutions Ltd

Ellon is poised for a major economic boost.

An oil firm will be creating 20 jobs in an investment of nearly £2 million.

SengS Subsea Solutions Ltd are due to start work in the next few weeks on a purpose-built manufacturing and testing facility at Balmacassie industrial estate.

The company started trading in June last year and recorded turnover of £1.3 million in the first year.

The second year’s figures are predicted to be in the region of £2 million.

Rapid expansion has led to the investment of £1.8 million in the new facility at Balmacassie.

SengS project director Murray Kerr said: “The initial investment is estimated 
to create over 20 permanent jobs within the first 15 
months of the building being completed.

“This investment is the first of a number of developments that will promote SengS profile within the oil and gas sector and emerging energy markets, helping us to compete more energetically with other oil and gas engineering service companies which are based in UK and mainland Europe.

“Our expansion is a significant mark of our intent to build on our current success and improve our service levels for our clients and future clients.”

Construction work will begin in October, and the facility will be fully operational by spring of next year.

Meanwhile, moves are gathering pace towards creating a new business park in Ellon aimed at bringing a significant number of new jobs to the town.

Formartine Area Committee have approved plans for the development and associated access road on land at Balmacassie.

The site, to the north of the A948 opposite the existing Tesco store and the park and ride facility, is zoned for 
business use and councillors have supported the recommendation from planners to grant permission for the project.

Gary Purves, a planner with Knight Frank, which represented applicant and local landowner Doreen Davidson, believes demand for commercial property in and around Ellon demonstrates the need for additional provision.

He said: “We view this as the first step towards creating a new business park to help make Ellon an even more attractive place to live and work, with the potential to bring a significant number of jobs to the area.

“A number of high profile companies are already operating from the town and, with excellent links to Aberdeen and the rest of Aberdeenshire, there are many others keen to take advantage of the benefits of the location.”