A F4OR Success Story

Published 18 January 2023 Last updated 14 March 2023

PD&MS Group is a market leading independent energy services business providing engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning (EPCC) solutions across the entire asset lifecycle in the oil and gas, renewables and wider industrial sectors. Founded in 2002, PD&MS Group now has has a headcount of 600 people in Scotland and 100 overseas, with operations in Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and in Azerbaijan. It is owned by private equity firm Inflexion, that completed a secondary buyout in 2014.

How did your company become involved with ORE Catapult?

PD&MS was involved in a complex offshore decommissioning project for a wind operator in the North Sea. While decommissioning the asset, the team had an innovative idea to deliver circular economy by repurposing part of the asset. The company approached ORE Catapult to ask if they had an interest in the structure for the Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence, and was introduced to Regional Partnership Manager, Hugh Riddell. Hugh explained the benefits of the Fit 4 Offshore Renewables programme, and what it means to be a Granted F4OR company.

What does F4OR Granted Status mean for you?

In May 2022, PD&MS was granted ‘Fit for Offshore Renewables’ (F4OR) status for its EPCC services through the supply chain support programme delivered by ORE Catapult.

The 12-18 month programme has been developed with input from the offshore renewable energy industry and is a unique service to help companies within the UK supply chain prepare to bid for work in the offshore renewable energy sector.

When a company achieves ‘granted’ status, they have demonstrated the relevant knowledge, capability and competence to meet the required standard as expected to do business in the sector. PD&MS excelled with a granted score of 97% in business excellence and a 95% in the sector specific verification.

Simon Rio, CEO of PD&MS said:

“We are delighted to be granted this highly regarded F4OR status. The programme aligns with our strategic commitment to becoming a leading specialist services partner in the renewable energy industry and is another key milestone for our development in this sector.”

Can you provide recent updates of your success?

In November 2022, PD&MS secured a three-year framework agreement to support SSE Renewables on the 1,075MW Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm located off the coast of Angus in the North Sea firth. Once completed, it will become Scotland’s largest – and the world’s deepest – fixed bottom development.

The award, which also has options to extend for a further two-years, will see PD&MS carrying out best-in-class inspections on the development’s infrastructure which connects its power generating equipment to the grid to ensure it remains safe and operational. This includes providing embedded support and inspection technicians to work across the wind turbine generator jacket foundation, transition piece, offshore substation platform, onshore substation and the onshore operations and maintenance (O&M) base.

In August 2022, PD&MS secured a three-year operations and maintenance (O&M) contract with Vattenfall, supporting the developer’s offshore wind portfolio across the UK and Europe. The contract will see the company work across Vattenfall windfarms in the UK, Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark. The award also includes options to extend the contract for a further two-year period. It continues to solidify its position in O&M and inspection in the offshore wind sector, having now delivered several major onshore and offshore wind projects for clients, including SSE Renewables and Moray East Offshore Windfarm.

The group’s head of renewables business development, Thomas Barter, said:

“We are thrilled that Vattenfall has recognised our highly transferable skills gained from years of successfully operating across oil and gas and other energy sectors and chosen us as one of their long-term service providers.

“This new contract solidifies PD&MS’ position as a key supplier for future wind developments, such as ScotWind and other future European projects.”

In 2021, PD&MS won a contract to supply the communications mast for SSE Renewables’ Seagreen wind farm, near Montrose, one of the UK’s biggest offshore wind farms.

Montrose Port Authority awarded the contract to PD&MS after it submitted a bid to repurpose an existing structure from another offshore wind project, rather than fabricate a brand-new structure. The 50m communications mast will sit close to the building on the quayside and will be a vital lifeline between the wind farm, 27km off the Angus coast, and the teams onshore. Previously the mast was used to support the Moray East wind farm. By recycling the mast, PD&MS will reduce resources used by 68 per cent.

What does the future look like for PD&MS?

We have a clear vision and strategy to support the industry maximise economic opportunity, decarbonise oil and gas infrastructure, and further extend our services across the global energy and industrial sectors.

We will leverage our multi-skilled workforce and highly transferable skills to support the energy transition. We are passionate about the industries we serve, and we commit to playing a leading role in the decarbonisation of assets and infrastructure, making both incremental and transformational change to achieve net zero targets.

Our people, provide outside-the-box thinking and challenges convention to provide optimum solutions across oil and gas, renewables and the wider energy and industrial sectors.

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