North East MSP Mike Rumbles welcomed an announcement today that Amplus Energy has bought Aberdeen-based offshore survey firm Andrews Survey, and that All 42 members of staff will relocate to the Amplus group's Bridge of Don premises at the end of July.
Like many, the firm was hit by the prolonged fall in global oil prices and the collapse of the former owners Harkland Group. Under the new proprietors Andrews will continue to operate independently at the new location.
Mr Rumbles said: “This news is a genuine silver lining for staff at Andrews Survey and their families. I’m delighted that all forty two jobs will be secured at the new location and Andrews Survey can continue to operate independently.
“Times are extremely tough for many in the North East, and thousands of other families haven’t been so fortunate. But this small show of confidence in our oil and gas industry is very encouraging, and I hope that Andrews and Amplus will see many opportunities from this partnership in the years to come.”
Notes for editors:
- More than 40 jobs have been secured at Andrews Survey after it was sold by administrators in a multi-million pound deal.
- Andrews was part of oil and gas shipping company Harkand Group, which went into administration at the beginning of May.
- More than 170 jobs were lost in Aberdeen and London following the collapse of Harkand.
- Administrators at Deloitte succeeded in selling Harkand's arm in US and Africa, preserving about 100 jobs outside the UK.