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Aberdeen firm EnerMech opens second Norway base

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Image caption EnerMech said it was opening a base in Bergen after four years of "steady growth" in Stavangar

Aberdeen-based mechanical engineering group EnerMech is to open a second Norwegian base as part of a £3m drive to grow its Scandinavian business.

The new centre in Bergen will target various markets, including pipeline and umbilicals (PPU), hydraulics, cranes and rental equipment.

The expansion will take EnerMech's headcount in Norway to 50.

The group already operates in Stavangar, where it has reported growing sales over the last few years.

The company said it had chosen Bergen as a second base because it was closer to Norway's largest shipyards.

EnerMech general manager in Norway Trond Moller said: "After four years of steady growth in Stavanger, opening in Bergen is a natural fit as the city is an important centre for Norway's oil, gas and subsea industries.

"This will give us access to Norway's largest yard market and we are confident there will be a strong demand for our cranes, rental equipment, hydraulics and PPU services.

"Bergen has always been important to our long-term objectives and this expansion shows we are committed to Norway for the long term and that we will continue to invest in infrastructure to meet client expectations."

Last May, EnerMech said it was setting aside £40m to launch a major expansion in the US.

The company said then it hoped to replicate the fast rate of growth it had achieved elsewhere in the world.

EnerMech, which employs about 1,000 people providing engineering services to the energy sector, was founded in Aberdeen in 2008.

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