Aberdeen’s Ecosse Subsea bought for £50m

Houston, Texas-based Oceaneering International, Inc. said one of its subsidiaries acquired Aberdeen-based Ecosse Subsea Limited, the provider of offshore engineering, seabed preparation, route clearance and trenching services to the renewable energy and oil and gas industries, for about £50 million.

Oceaneering International CEO Roderick Larson said: “We are pleased to complete the acquisition of Ecosse, which we believe offers Oceaneering the opportunity to expand our service line capabilities and grow our market position within the offshore renewable energy market, and provide our customers with proven tools to optimize installation projects.

“The addition of Ecosse reflects our commitment to expand into the adjacent renewable energy market to more comprehensively serve the offshore energy industry.

“We expect the acquisition to be accretive to Oceaneering’s 2018 cash flow and earnings.”

Mike Wilson, former chairman of Ecosse, said: “This is a strategic opportunity for our customers and our employees.

“Oceaneering has outstanding people, a global presence, innovative technologies and diversified services and products.

“Together we can establish a stronger platform to take on even larger and higher profile projects in the renewables and oil and gas industries.”

Mark Gillespie, Director, Global Renewables and Subsea Projects of Ecosse, said: “We are excited to become part of Oceaneering.

“With Oceaneering’s global strength, we expect to be better positioned to further penetrate the growing and emerging renewables and cable markets in Europe and the United States.”