AN award-winning engineering firm in Huddersfield has launched a new business in Norway.
Specialist valves company Severn Unival – named among the winners of the coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise last month – has set up Severn Norway to better serve one of its key export markets.
The company has joined forces with long-term business partner in the region J S Cock to launch Severn Norway in Bergen to provide expertise in the service, repair and retrofit of critical control and choke valves used in the Norwegian oil and gas industry.
The new business, which begins operations on May 23, will benefit from the support of Severn Unival’s Performance Plus team, which boasts world-class skills in the field of valve repair and upgrades.
Severn Unival, based at Milford Street in Huddersfield and with other sites at Gloucester and Aberdeen, has designed and supplied some of its most complex, precision-engineered control valves for the Norwegian sector over the past 50 years.
Director Colin Findlay said: “Specification and engineering standards in Norway are extremely high and Norwegian offshore operations are particularly demanding.
“Our presence on-the-ground will offer a distinct advantage to our core clients who have wanted to see our world class engineering intelligence put into action locally.”
Severn Unival is trusted by some of the biggest names in the global energy markets to maintain operations at their plant and protect against critical service valve failure. Clients include BP, Shell, Total, ExxonMobil, Saudi Aramco, Chevron and MAERSK.
Severn Unival helped parent group The Severn Glocon Group plc clinch the Queen’s Award for international trade – recognising its success in more than doubling export earnings in the past three years.
Severn Glocon Group designs and makes specialist valves for the energy industry in markets, including the Middle East, the Far East, Europe, Canada, the USA and the North Sea.
Severn Unival, which has 80 employees, previously won the category for international trade in the 2009 Examiner Business Awards.
The company has operated in Huddersfield for more than 25 years.
Among its successes last year, Severn Unival won a major valve order from Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil company of Saudi Arabia and the largest oil corporation in the world. It also won orders from Oman, Qatar and Norway.