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Texas-based Umbilicals International opens new facility in Rosyth

Umbilicals International

Texas-based oil and gas services company Umbilicals International (UI) has opened a new manufacturing facility in Rosyth.

(left to right - Bob Conners and Charlie Backhouse)

The $10m (£7.4m)-turnover US company, one of the few in the world to specialise in the equipment that supplies power and oxygen to subsea operations, will initially use the 780m² space to support commercial diving operations, through terminating, testing and selling stock umbilicals. The firm will employ a total of 58 people between the US and Scotland.

The firm has received funding from the Scottish Government but declined to specify the amount, or whether it was a six or seven-figure number, on the grounds that the final sum was "still under discussion" and would only be finalised later in the summer.

The site is close to the Rosyth quayside, and will help facilitate the company's ambitious growth plans to manufacture electrohydraulic umbilicals for the oil and gas industry.

Charlie Backhouse, general manager for Umbilicals International in the UK, said: "Rosyth is the perfect location for umbilical services, and we're pleased to call it home for our UK operations. The area boasts a talented and deeply knowledgeable workforce which spans manufacturing, engineering, commercial and project management. The variation of ongoing projects at the Rosyth site will provide plenty of opportunities for us to deliver multiple services, and with support from the Scottish Government, meet our growth plans."

Umbilicals International became part of the Seanamic Group in 2015, and its new facility is a close to sister-firm IMES International, which has been operating in Rosyth for 20 years.

Martin Barnes, CEO of the Seanamic Group, said: "The close proximity between Umbilicals International and IMES International will allow both companies to share aspects of their business, including personnel and equipment. This new facility builds on the 360° offering which Seanamic brings to the market: design, manufacture, testing and integrity management. Operating conditions may be improving, but companies still need agile, integrated and flexible solutions - this new facility helps us provide that."

Councillor Altany Craik, Convenor for Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning and Transportation for Fife Council, said: "I’m delighted that the Invest in Fife team have worked successfully to bring Umbilicals International to Fife. The company is an ideal fit for Rosyth, which is already a world-class location for marine and engineering businesses. Rosyth is one of Scotland's best-connected locations and will offer the company unrivalled access to markets and customers."

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