Gateshead subsea equipment specialist announces six-figure investment to expand operations

A Gateshead oil and gas subsea equipment specialist has announced a six-figure investment in new welding equipment and capabilities as it expands its operations to support customers.

Express Engineering, is a manufacturing, assembly and testing specialist for the subsea energy sector.

Additional investment equips Express Engineering with a comprehensive range of welding capabilities, enhancing its ability to undertake straight forward cladding projects to complex cladding requiring ETR, regular pipe butt-welding and specialist narrow gap welding. Two new welders have joined the workforce, with continued professional development also benefitting staff.

Gary Thirlwell, managing director, Express Engineering ,said: “We now offer a full range of specialist welding services, ranging from simple corrosion resistant overlay (cladding) all the way to precision pipe welding and fabrication in exotic alloys.

“We are developing products for all areas of oil and gas exploration and production, from the inter-surface arena to below-the-mud line operations.

“Our extended capabilities will see us not only able to improve the support current oil and gas customers enjoy, but also expand our precision welding services into a wider range of industrial applications such as the nuclear and defence sectors.”

The investment also comes as the company continues to expand the scope of turnkey solutions provided to the global energy sector, particularly as it moves further into the development of new below-the-mudline products.

Express Engineering is a significant exporter of products, operating within various geographical areas, including the North Sea, Gulf of Mexico, east coast of Brazil, east and west coasts of Africa and Australasia, and works with customers including, TechnipFMC, Baker Hughes and Aker Solutions.

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