Scotland business

Jobs secured as administrators sell Andrews Survey

Harkand in Aberdeen
Image caption Andrews Survey was part of the Harkand Group which went into administration in May

More than 40 jobs have been secured at an Aberdeen-based offshore survey firm after it was sold by administrators in a multi-million pound deal.

Andrews Survey was bought by floating production services firm Amplus Energy.

Andrews was part of oil and gas shipping company Harkand Group, which went into administration at the beginning of May.

All 42 members of staff will relocate to the Amplus group's Bridge of Don premises at the end of July.

It will continue to operate independently as Andrews Survey, under the existing management team.

More than 170 jobs were lost in Aberdeen and London following the collapse of Harkand, which had been hit by the prolonged fall in global oil prices.

Administrators at Deloitte succeeded in selling Harkand's arm in US and Africa, preserving about 100 jobs outside the UK.

'Great opportunity'

Amplus said the acquisition would increase its presence in the North Sea, West Africa and the Gulf of Mexico markets, as the firm looks to win survey work and contracts for the Amplus FPSO (floating, production, storage and offloading) vessel.

It is the second time that the Amplus managing director Ian Herd has acquired Andrews Survey.

He initially purchased the company in 2007, when he ran Integrated Subsea Services (ISS).

ISS and Andrews worked successfully together for five years before both companies were sold to Harkand in 2012.

Mr Herd said: "This was a great opportunity for Amplus to acquire a very good company with an excellent reputation in an extremely difficult market.

"I know the company and the management team very well and I'm confident we can quickly get Andrews Survey back on an even keel."

Andrews Survey managing director Stuart Reid said: "It has been a difficult time for the team at Andrews Survey and we are relieved that a suitable buyer has been found."

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