PLUNGING oil prices haven not been enough to scare off Global Energy Group from announcing plans to open its Australian company Vertech in Aberdeen to service clients working in the North Sea.

Vertech, which Global bought in 2012, specialises in rope and alternative access for inspection, maintenance and construction within the Australian energy industry.

The group committed £5 million to equipment and hired a team for the Aberdeen site.

In a statement, Global said executives were reacting to oil company demands for more cost and time efficient management of asset integrity in the United Kingdom Continental Shelf.

Executive vice president of Global’s process and equipment business, Gordon Ronaldson said operators should continue to manage their assets efficiently and safely, even during difficult periods.

“Vertech have been pioneering the use of alternative access for challenging and major projects for some years now and recently completed a derrick destruct project and a major jetty refurbishment using many of these innovative solutions off Australia’s north west shelf,” he said.

Vertech UK’s managing director John Marsden said the access company will provide solutions and services for all areas of an offshore development.

The company said divers will be deployed from vessels alongside the platform, via the purpose built Daughter Craft, or from the offshore facility using the ATEX Zone 2 system supplementing the rope access, engineered decking and tension netting solutions.

“The splash zone has been a troublesome area for many operators as the subsea and topsides works are not often combined,” Mr Marsden said.

“We are bringing a new solution where both services can be owned and managed by one company, with experienced teams working together to enhance performance and create significant cost efficiencies,” he said.

Global said the company had begun trading in the UK and hoped it would grow in line with customers’ drive to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Vertech employs over 250 technicians, the company trains staff at its in-house school in Perth, Australia and has offices located in Perth, Darwin, Gladstone and also Taranaki in New Zealand.