RECENTLY launched oil and gas group Harkand aims to become a leading name in subsea inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) for the oil and gas industry worldwide.

Following investment by Oaktree Capital Management in subsea vessel owner Iremis, specialist ROV and diving contractor Integrated Subsea Services (ISS) and its sister company Andrews Survey in 2012, the three names have merged to form one group focused on the fast-growing subsea IRM market.

This ‘buy and build’ strategy has set Harkand on a course to develop a suite of complementary companies that can benefit each of the other components while driving organic growth of the individual parts.

With existing bases in Aberdeen in the UK, Dubai in the Middle East, and Singapore and Perth in Asia Pacific, the group’s ambitious growth strategy aims to see it reach $1 billion (USD) turnover in the next five years.

Focused on attaining the highest standards in health, safety, quality and environmental performance and delivering excellent execution of projects, the group is already carrying out work in the North Sea, Brazil, West Africa, India, the Caspian, Australia and South East Asia.

Harkand combines proven survey and IRM services with a fleet of multi-purpose support vessels, 27 modern work class and inspection remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and large teams of ROV operators, surveyors and divers.

The vessel fleet includes the new state-of-the-art diving support vessels the Harkand Atlantis and Harkand Da Vinci, as well as versatile DP2 multi-purpose support vessels Loch Roag, Relume.

Through Harkand ISS, the group also has a fleet of six mobile air diving systems, of which three systems are zone rated, and suitable for use on oil and gas production facilities.

Chaired by industry veteran Tom Ehret, Harkand is headed by CEO Nicolas Mouté with European Operations run by managing director David Kerr and international operations run by managing director Patrick Chapalain. Harkand Andrews Survey is headed globally by managing director Stuart Reid.

Harkand aims to become a world leader in subsea IRM with new offshore tonnage, systems and equipment along with a motivated and competent workforce. The group is already looking into opportunities to grow the fleet and extend its services to offer its clients a wide range of cost-effective and innovative subsea solutions.

With a strong track record, can-do culture and experienced personnel, Harkand will ensure it meets existing demand for its services, exploits new opportunities and challenges the norm for subsea IRM delivery by continually developing fit for purpose, more cost-effective but still safe ways of tackling underwater inspection and repair.

The group also recognises the growing importance of offshore wind, wave and tidal generation in meeting the global demand for energy and is committed to providing the high-quality survey, diving and ROV services that will contribute to their cost-effective delivery.

As projects increase in scale and move into harsher environments, the demands on contractor skills, equipment and processes will move to a higher level. Harkand’s proven track record in subsea contracting, its experienced staff, quality equipment and HSEQ accreditations combine to make it one of only a few companies with the resources and know-how to meet the challenges.

Web: www.harkandgroup.com