Subsea engineering firm SengS nets £1.6million worth of contracts

A north-east engineering services firm, acquired by a private-equity backed manufacturer last year, has continued to build upon recent momentum with the announcement of new contracts worth £1.6million.

2016 07 16 151228SengS, part of the Pryme Group, will design, manufacture and install various test equipment for the onshore and offshore assets of several North Sea oil and gas operators and service companies.

Further afield, SengS has also been tasked with the completion of a subsea design project in Tunisia, North Africa – with all work to be carried out at the company’s Ellon facility.

These latest contract wins, secured in the past two months, follow repair and maintenance projects worth over £600,000 that were announced in May. This means that, within months of starting its new financial year, SengS has already won more than £2million of new business.

Having increased turnover from £1.7million in June 2016 to £2.1million for its March 2017 year-end, the business has revised its growth projections upwards and is now projecting turnover of over £3million by next March – nearly doubling turnover in less than two years.

SengS, which currently employs 21 people, expects to recruit further personnel, having already added four new employees since the turn of the year.

Murray Kerr, who founded SengS in 2012, recently took on the role of group strategic commercial director at Pryme Group, following the Dundee-based organisation’s acquisition of SengS in November 2016. Murray has been succeeded at SengS by new managing director, Peter Thomson.

Murray Kerr said: “With the support of our sister companies within the wider Pryme Group, we have been able to complement SengS’ existing engineering and testing knowledge and expertise with fabrication, machining, coating and painting capability to offer clients a genuine one-stop shop.

“This unique service offering has been a major contributing factor in our recent success and has allowed us to develop extremely cost-effective and innovative solutions that enable clients to stay on budget while still receiving a premium product.”

Angus Gray, CEO of Pryme Group, said: “These significant contract awards are testament to the hard work put in by all of the team at SengS over the past few years, with the business becoming increasingly well-known for completing larger, more complex projects for oil and gas operators and tier-one service companies.”

SengS provides engineering, testing, control and hydraulic systems and tooling to the energy industry. Since 2012, the company has successfully delivered nearly 500 projects across multiple disciplines for clients in the North Sea, Scandinavia, the Middle East and North Africa.

The business has invested £4.2million over the past three years in developing its 9,817 sq ft test facility. This included a £250,000 investment last year to enhance its existing pressure testing capability with the addition of a custom-built 60ft test rig and a 7.8m diameter by 5.8m high external water test tank.

About SengS

Based at the Balmacassie Commercial Park in Ellon, SengS provides engineering, testing, control and hydraulic systems and tooling to the energy industry.

In 2015, company founder Murray Kerr won a hat-trick of prestigious business awards: the Young Professional Award at the SPE Offshore Achievement Awards; the Emerging Entrepreneur (Scotland) accolade at the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards; and, the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year honour at the 2015 Elevator Awards.

Murray was also named Emerging Industry Leader at the 2016 Press & Journal Gold Awards, while SengS won Business Success Under Three Years at the 2014 Elevator Awards.

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About Pryme Group

Pryme Group offers a one-stop, turnkey service for global contract manufacturing, combining high-quality machining with design capability, project management, hydraulic services, fabrication skills, assembly, and testing.

Pryme is majority-owned by Simmons and Company International’s private equity fund, which was established in 2008 to support the growth of small to medium-sized energy service businesses and currently has £160million under management.

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