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Chamber member Enerpro wins deal to create 60 new jobs

A contract won by Thurso- based energy service company Enerpro is set to create up to 60 jobs.

It has clinched a deal with a leading drilling contractor to renew shell plate on a jack-up drilling rig in Hartlepool. The work, which is due to start next month, is the biggest contract won by the firm since it started up two years ago.

Enerpro is keen to fill at least 30 per cent of the new jobs by hiring people from Caithness or from elsewhere in Scotland who are willing to travel to carry out the work. 

Operations director David Wade said: "It is the biggest contract that we have won to date. We are looking to hire between 30 to 40 per cent of the staff from Caithness or workers elsewhere who are willing to travel down to Hartlepool. However as the project is in Hartlepool, we will be looking to create jobs for workers in that area as well. But we would like to use our own guys as we know what we're going to get out of them. Workers in Caithness are well rounded and versatile and have earned a good reputation for themselves in the industry."

Enerpro has already hired Caithness workers to undertake projects across Europe. This has included several cement unit installation projects in Croatia and Norway. It has also secured another similar contract in Azerbaijan scheduled to start in two months' time. 

Enerpro opened its Caithness office earlier this year and Mr Wade said it is committed to increasing the number of staff in Thurso.

He said: "For our Thurso office, we are looking at taking on a couple of trainee engineers and office staff to work here and who we can take around the world. Being in Thurso means trainees can work in the nuclear industry but also in the oil and gas industry too."

Enerpro was founded in Aberdeen in 2015 by Mr Wade along with Hugh MacLeod from Berriedale, and Gordon Farquhar from Aberdeen. As well as having offices in Aberdeen and Thurso, the company has opened a new rig repair facility in Dundee after sealing a deal with Dundee Port Authority.