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Hiretech’s Highly Commended Apprentice

Hiretech is celebrating the success of apprentice James Farquhar, who has been awarded a Highly Commended accolade by the judging panel at the recent prestigious Press and Journal Gold Awards.

James, aged 19, joined Hiretech in August 2014 and has since been undertaking an HNC in Engineering at North East Scotland College in Fraserburgh. Now in his 4th year as an apprentice Maintenance Technician, James’ main duties include the preparation and maintenance of equipment prior to mobilising for client offshore hire.

James has demonstrated a real passion for his job and a willingness to learn, continuously developing his knowledge and abilities. These traits underpinned his nomination for the Apprentice Award, and were reflected in the comments received from the award judging panel.

James, who was unable to attend the awards ceremony due to undertaking his first global offshore project, was pleased to learn of his achievement, commenting, “I’m thrilled to receive a Highly Commended award, it means a lot to me and recognises what I have accomplished during my apprenticeship.  It is also recognition for the team that has mentored me throughout my apprenticeship and got me to the stage I am today. I very much look forward to progressing in my role and developing my career in the industry”.

Managing Director at Hiretech, Andy Buchan, added, “James has demonstrated a real commitment to both his college studies and his working role at Hiretech.  He is a respected team player who works hard to turn around jobs efficiently and effectively, bringing youth and enthusiasm to the team. His positive approach and determination to learn were the key reasons he was nominated for this award.  I’m delighted for James that his efforts have been recognised at this level.”

Hiretech Limited is a leading independent equipment rental, sales, service and maintenance company offering pumping spreads, powered umbilical reels, hydraulic power packs and supporting equipment to the global energy market.

Pumping Spread Supports Pipeline Pigging and Testing Project in West Africa

Hiretech has mobilised a 3,500hp pumping spread to West Africa to support a pipeline pigging and testing operation.  In one of the company’s highest horsepower mobilisations to date, high horsepower triplex pumps, lift pumps, filters and umbilical reels were prepared for extensive pre-mobilisation testing prior to the mobilisation.  Hiretech mechanics have also been mobilised to West Africa to further support the client operations.

Hiretech Team News

The Hiretech team sends very best wishes to Katie Gibb as she starts maternity leave.  We welcome Samantha Mitchell who has joined the Hiretech team as Administrator.  Samantha has a first class honours degree in Business Management from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and has recently completed a year long work placement with Chevron in its contracts team

Hiretech Apprentice Shortlisted For Gold Award

Following being shortlisted in the Small Company of the Year category for the 2017 Press and Journal Gold Awards, Hiretech has achieved further success as 4th year apprentice James Farquhar has been shortlisted for the Apprentice Award.

James, age 19, joined Hiretech in August 2014 and over the past three years has been undertaking an HNC in Engineering at NESCOL in Fraserburgh, whilst also being involved daily in the preparation and maintenance of equipment for client hire.

Delighted to have been shortlisted following nomination and an interview by the judging panel, James said, “I’m really pleased to have been shortlisted, it recognises how much I have accomplished throughout my apprenticeship at Hiretech. If I was to win, it would be recognition for both myself and the team that has mentored me through my apprenticeship and got me to the stage I am at today”.

Hiretech Named As Finalist In Press And Journal Gold Awards 2017

Hiretech is delighted to announce it has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Small Company of the Year category of the 2017 Press and Journal Gold Awards.

The company joins an elite of shortlisted companies who will attend the awards ceremony on 8th September at the Marcliff Hotel in Aberdeen, where the winners will be announced.

Hiretech Managing Director, Andy Buchan, was delighted to learn the news, commenting, “We are delighted to have reached the finals of these prestigious awards.  This highlights the growth and success of Hiretech, which comes as a direct result of the continuous hard work and dedication of the staff, who strive to ensure we meet the expectations of our client base and in turn have allowed us to successfully build the company to what it is today”.

Gold Award Finalist
Key Appointments Support Developing Business Operations

Hiretech Limited has made significant key appointments as it continues to strengthen its business operations.

The company, a leading independent equipment rental, sales, service and maintenance company offering pumping spreads, powered umbilical reels, hydraulic power packs and supporting equipment, made the appointments to support an increase in product offerings and associated services.

John Milne has been promoted to General Manager, while Jim McGregor joins the company as Project Manager.

Mr Milne, who has 27 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, joined Hiretech in 2014 as Engineering Manager.  Following this recent promotion, he is now responsible for overseeing the company’s day to day operations, including coordinating equipment schedules, resources and staff.

Referring to the promotion, Mr Milne said “I am delighted to have been offered and to accept this new role.  Having worked with the team here for nearly three years, I believe the level of commitment and service offered to our clients is one of the company’s major strengths and I intend to ensure this continues alongside the ongoing supply of high standard, reliable product packages”.

Bringing with him 36 years of global oil and gas experience, the majority of which has been spent in employment at an oil service company, Mr McGregor joins Hiretech in the new role of Project Manager, in which he is responsible for overseeing the successful delivery of projects, frequently interacting with the client base to ensure efficient and effective solutions.

Mr McGregor commented, “I am excited to join such a forward thinking and innovative company and look forward to working with the team here.  I have used Hiretech as a supplier in past roles and was encouraged by the reactive nature of the business, always willing to go the extra mile for their clients. I look forward to the new challenges this role will bring and to contributing to the ongoing success of the business.”

These appointments follow the recruitment of Steven Ferguson, Business Development Manager last year.  Since starting at the company, Steven has been responsible for developing key accounts with existing and potential clients, and driving sales activity to expand the business in various markets.

Managing Director of Hiretech, Andy Buchan, added, “We have brought together a strong skillset with a wealth of operational, technical and commercial expertise to help drive the business forward.  I am excited about these developments and look forward to working with the team as we continue to cultivate client relationships and capitalise on new business opportunities whilst developing our services across global markets”.

Steven Ferguson, John Milne & Jim McGregor
Hiretech Goes Extra Mile To Support Local Children

Hiretech Limited has raised over £1,000 to help support sick, disabled and disadvantaged children living in north-east Scotland.

Andy Buchan, managing director of Hiretech, an oil and gas equipment rental, service and maintenance firm, presented Aberdeen-based charity Cash for Kids with £1,076.50 following a series of fundraising events.

The big-hearted businessman used the occasion of his 50th birthday to raise money for the local children’s charity, requesting donations in lieu of presents.  A subsequent fundraising motorcycle ride with friends and colleagues to the west coast helped to swell the final total.

Eight fellow bikers joined Andy on the return trip from Hiretech’s office at Hatton of Fintray to Applecross, with the route also taking in Ullapool and the Bealach na Ba.  On the 450-mile journey the bikers received light-hearted fines for any misdemeanours and breakdowns.  Andy stipulated that all bikes should be pre-1979 models, a rule he himself broke – and was fined for – by choosing to ride a 1986 Yamaha RD125LC.

The group was supported on the trip by Hiretech’s apprentice engineer James Farquhar.  His services were put to use within minutes of the journey commencing when one of the bikes broke down around two miles outside Hatton of Fintray.

A keen motorcyclist, Andy has supported many charitable causes in recent years and was inspired to support Cash for Kids due to its local nature, with all funds being raised and distributed in the north east. The charity will use the donation to help fulfill applications to its unique quarterly grant funding programme.  The scheme provides grants to individuals, families and community groups to support children and improve their quality of life.

Michelle Ferguson, Cash for Kids charity manager, said: “We are very grateful to Andy and his family, friends and colleagues for their generosity.  The bike trip sounds like it was an eventful journey from the outset and illustrates how fun and imaginative fundraising can be.

“Andy’s efforts will enable Cash for Kids to continue to support a wide range of children, families and community groups in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.  Our aim is to improve the life quality of these children, whether that is a result of disability, illness or poverty.”

Andy added: “Cash for Kids makes a positive impact on the lives of thousands of children and their families in the north-east every year.  The funding it provides can be invaluable.  I am very thankful to everyone who has helped me to fundraise for the charity over the past month, particularly those who were penalised for their unknown misdemeanours on our bike ride.”

Cash for Kids is an Aberdeen-based charity that works to improve the lives of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children and young people under 18 living in north-east Scotland.  The community focused organisation is Northsound Radio’s listeners’ charity.  Along with running a number of campaigns throughout the year, including its annual Mission Christmas children’s gift appeal, Cash for Kids operates a unique quarterly grant giving programme.  Grants are made to individuals, families, children’s groups, organisations and projects throughout the Northsound transmission area.  All of the money that is distributed to these local families and projects has been raised locally.  More information on Cash for Kids can be found at www.northsound1.com/cashforkids or telephone 01224 337010.

Hiretech Donates To Cash For Kids
Hiretech Offers Annulus Pressure Testing Package

The Hiretech Limited containerised Annulus Pressure Tester is a fully integrated Zone I pressure testing package consisting of a variable speed electric triplex and 2 off Hydratron air driven pressure test pumps, giving a range of 66 lpm at 250 bar up to 3.4 lpm at 828 bar. The unit has a 50m standard high pressure test hose umbilical stored on a live centre reel, additional hose lengths available as required. Two stainless steel holding tanks allow different test mediums or chemicals to be stored prior to pumping. A remote control stand, digital flow meter and memory gauge allow easy operation and recording of results. Typically used for annulus top ups, pressure testing and chemical injection applications.

Annulus Pressure Testing Package
North East Engineering Firm Investing Towards Industry Upturn

Along with many others, Aberdeenshire engineering firm Hiretech Limited has witnessed the prolonged turbulence in the oil and gas industry and associated dramatic changes within the respective supply chain.  Hiretech has remained positive during this period however, embracing the opportunity presented to further develop its business offerings to capitalise on current project requirements and to prepare for an inevitable industry upturn.

Hiretech, a leading independent equipment rental, sales, service and maintenance company offering pumping spreads, powered umbilical reels, hydraulic power packs and supporting equipment, has taken a proactive approach by looking at opportunities in new sectors, investing in additional equipment and identifying further service offerings in order to enhance its overall capabilities to meet the needs of existing and new clients.

The current climate has resulted in a greater demand for cost effective solutions to meet project requirements, which Hiretech has capitalised on by offering reliable quality products with a proven track record.  The company has also looked towards new opportunities, gaining clients through developing additional market sectors, including abandonment and renewables.

Significant investment in its rental fleet has allowed Hiretech to compete effectively and to offer full package solutions to its clients. This has been achieved through the purchase of used oilfield equipment which is being refurbished to as new quality, and also through the manufacture of additional products, all undertaken by Hiretech’s in-house team of skilled and experienced technicians.

Andy Buchan, Managing Director at Hiretech, comments: “We have introduced new and additional equipment to further strengthen our rental offering, including High Powered Zone II Triplex Pumps, which enables Hiretech to offer full equipment packages to ensure the effective, efficient and successful delivery of our clients’ projects”.

“Investment has also been made to optimise existing product lines to suit a variety of project applications. Recently, an umbilical reel has been converted to constant tension, with a rotary coupling fitted to allow it to support ROV operations.  An additional umbilical reel has also been certified to full NORSOK specification for a plugging and abandonment application.  Such efforts strengthen our commitment and abilities within the industry and provide clients with the reassurance they are working with approved quality equipment.”

In addition to this, Hiretech has introduced a range of additional service offerings, including enhanced personnel training and maintenance and testing of client equipment, allowing the company to offer a full package complement to its clients.

By embracing the opportunity for the positive, coupled with a forward thinking approach by the management team at Hiretech, the company has benefited from continued high levels of enquiries and the company is in a good position to remain competitive in current markets as well as be prepared for an inevitable industry upturn.

Enhancing The Rental Fleet - High Powered Zone II Triplex Pumps
Join Us At Subsea Expo

Hiretech Limited will be exhibiting at Subsea Expo 2017 from 1-3 February at the AECC.  Visit us on Stand 136.

The event attracts over 150 exhibitors and over 5,000 delegates.  Previous years have been enjoyable and successful for Hiretech and we are looking forward to attending again in 2017.

Registration is free and gives full access to the exhibition and conferences.  Register here.