Local engineers go it alone after redundancies

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Please Credit Picture:Keith Taylor

Please Credit Picture:Keith Taylor

A group of three engineers, who lost their jobs in the engineering industry as oil prices reached record lows, have decided to go it alone.

The trio has established Hartlepool-based engineering, design and 3D laser scanning consultancy, Project Design Group (PDG).

The company, which is a member of NOF Energy & NEPIC, is managed by Andy Rhodes, a former design engineer who has worked for a number of international owner operators, including ExxonMobil, Shell, ConocoPhillips, BP, and major EPC’s such as Technip, KBR, AMEC, AKER, Worley Parsons, SBM, Heerema and KHI across the globe.

Utilising a combined total of more than 100 years of experience, the team specialises in multi-discipline integrated engineering and design, intelligent digital 3D modelling and 3D laser scanning site surveying as well as many other services.

PDG says it can deliver up to 60% in cost savings with its philosophy of standardisation, collaboration, on time, within budget and clash-free engineering designs.

Managing director Rhodes said: “The team and I have made the best of an unfortunate situation and are now using the low oil price to our advantage.

“The whole of the oil and gas industry is looking to reduce costs and make efficiency gains wherever possible in order to make their projects commercially viable; our service will help to achieve both of these aims, which is why explains our initial success that we hope to build on.”

Paul Livingston, business development manager at NOF Energy, said: “Andy and his team possess extremely valuable skills and their company is a welcome addition to the North East’s strong supply-chain sector.”


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