Having supplied engineers and craftsmen to the oil and gas industry since 1998, PAM Offshore Service is upping its effort to help oilfield services companies build modules and components for Norway’s energy infrastructure.
PAM Offshore Service is stepping up its effort to provide Norway’s booming offshore industry with skilled manpower from the Faroe Islands. According to CEO Mouritz Mohr, the clients are mostly leading oilfield services companies including construction firms and shipyards involved in energy infrastructure projects.
PAM Offshore Service, a subsidiary of Faroese shipyard and engineering company MEST, has an active pool of around 220 engineers, electricians and craftsmen, most of whom work regularly in the Norwegian offshore industry.
“The teams work in various shifts,” said office manager Anja Jacobsen. “The arrangements have been developed over the years and most people are happy with it. It basically means you concentrate on work for a certain period, then having time off for the same length of time.”
Much of the work has to do with repairing and building modules for drilling rigs and offshore production units including subsea systems, fixed platforms, floating production systems and drillships. Main clients include Aker Solutions, Kvaerner, Aibel, COSL, SEC, and Westcon.
“Our workforce has many competitive advantages and one of them is language and communication skills — they understand and speak Norwegian fluently, which is very important in Norway.”
Qualified supplier: Skilled workers remain in high demand in the offshore industry. However energy companies have lately introduced a series of cost-cutting measures and contractors have taken a hit; subcontractors, in turn, could be next in line.
By raising quality control and documentation standards, PAM Offshore Service is hoping to reduce the risk of potential contract losses, Mr. Mohr said.
“After all, the fundamentals are still very positive whichever way you look at it,” he said. “Oil companies are reducing their operational costs and contractors and subcontractors are certainly not immune to such movements. We are nonetheless determined to rise to the challenge and sharpen our competitiveness, and constantly consider how the high quality of our service can be further improved.”
PAM Offshore Service is set to receive its ISO 9001 quality certification this May