UAE divisions of NE firms sign partnership agreement

Dave Acton and Eddie Moore of Motive FZC with Graeme Chalmers of Flowline Specialists FZE
Dave Acton and Eddie Moore of Motive FZC with Graeme Chalmers of Flowline Specialists FZE

The Middle East divisions of two Scottish energy equipment manufacturers and service providers have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will see them collaborate on a number of projects in the region.

Flowline Specialists FZE and Motive FZC, the United Arab Emirates arms of Oldmeldrum-based Flowline Specialists and Banff-headquartered Motive Offshore Group, have agreed to join forces on specific projects in order to offer added value to clients in the Middle East and North Africa.

Establishing the MOU formalises a working partnership that has existed between the UAE divisions of the two firms.

The move will see Flowline Specialists FZE and Motive FZC jointly bid on projects in the region, providing a more cost-effective and streamlined procurement process for clients through a single point of contact.

Both companies offer a range of complementary modular back deck equipment operated by their own personnel – including spoolers, tensioners, reel drive systems, winches and shears. By working in partnership the firms aim to strengthen their service offering and broaden their project capabilities.

A wide range of opportunities exist in the Middle East for the firms, with significant investment continuing to be made by oil and gas operators across the region.

A recent report by Siemens also highlighted an expected growth in renewable energy, which reflects the plans of national governments in the Middle East to increase energy production from renewable sources in the coming decades.

The agreement was signed on Tuesday, April 17 at the Energy Industry Council’s Connect Oil, Gas & Beyond event in Abu Dhabi, at which Flowline Specialists FZE was exhibiting. The one-day event provided an opportunity for British companies involved in the energy industry to showcase their products and services to major operators and contractors based in the region.

Flowline Specialists designs, engineers and manufactures a range of cable and pipe handling and deployment equipment for use in the global energy industry. Established in 2001, the firm has grown its business internationally, which resulted in a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2016. The previous year it launched its Middle East division, Flowline Specialists FZE, under the leadership of group operations manager Graeme Chalmers, who is based in Dubai.

Motive FZC is part of Motive Offshore Group, which also comprises Motive Engineering, Motive Rentals, Motive Renewables, Motive Fabrication and Motive Spooling and Inspection. The group specialises in the manufacture and rental of high capacity winches, umbilical deployment equipment and specialised subsea equipment.

Graeme Chalmers, Flowline Specialists FZE group operations manager, said: “Establishing an MOU between the Middle East divisions of our two companies was a natural step, having already worked together on a number of projects. We are currently jointly bidding on various cable lay projects across the region and with different governments intending to grow their renewable energy sectors, many more future opportunities exist.

“The MOU is designed to strengthen the service Flowline Specialists FZE and Motive FZC offer to clients, while at the same time simplifying the procurement process.”

Eddie Moore, manager at Motive FZC, said: “Over the last two years, the businesses have benefitted from working together across the GCC region and the MOU strengthens our position further. With both companies naturally servicing a similar client base, we can now offer turnkey solutions and support from our local bases under a single contract.”