THE DUKE OF ROTHESAY WILL OPEN THE BALMORAL SUBSEA TEST CENTRE, ABERDEEN
WEDNESDAY, 3RD OCTOBER 2018
The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, will visit Balmoral Offshore Engineering, Balmoral Park, Aberdeen, AB12 3GY.
During the visit, HRH will meet apprentices and staff in the company’s Leadership Programme and view the manufacturing and testing facility before opening the new Balmoral Subsea Test Centre.
Established in 1980 by Chairman and Managing Director, Jim Milne CBE, Balmoral Group Holdings Ltd is a privately-owned company comprised of several different divisions, including:
In 2016, at Group HQ in Aberdeen, development began on the £20million+ Balmoral Subsea Test Centre. The new subsea product design and manufacturing facility includes laboratory, design engineering, production, project management and testing facilities.
The company had to blast through 15 metres of granite substrata in order to accommodate the new underground pressure test vessels. The Centre covers an area of more than six tennis courts and is 18 metres high. The new facility offers a wide range of procedures including hydrostatic, mechanical and laboratory trials providing the industry with a comprehensive resource for all types of subsea equipment testing.
Balmoral products, all of which are designed, manufactured and tested in Aberdeen, can be found in deep-water projects around the world – from the Gulf of Mexico to South America, West Africa and, closer to home, West of Shetland and the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.
Each year, the company employs a number of apprentices through their apprentice recruitment scheme. There are currently nine apprentices, at various stages of their careers, with eight recently completing their training.
Balmoral Offshore Engineering‘s Leadership Programme provides existing employees with the opportunity to develop their skill set and increase their knowledge in business critical areas. The Programme comprises four ILM-accredited levels and is based on case study learning with a focus on coaching and mentoring – 10% of the workforce is now signed up.
The company has received The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade on three separate occasions, in 2010, 2012 and 2014.