Subsea specialist plans to create 60 ROV-related jobs

Energy services company ROVOP has announced it is to create around 60 jobs to coincide with the purchase of five remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).

The Aberdeen-based subsea specialist will invest around £15m over the next 18 months in the work-class hydraulic machines, supplied by FMC Schilling Robotics, with the first due to be ready for use in January 2013.

The heavy-duty ROVs will reportedly complement the mid-size machines already operated by ROVOP, enabling the company to provide the full range of ROV services required by the offshore market.

The company will create skilled ROV pilot-technician posts and provide training programmes for existing electrical and mechanical engineers. The first 12 new recruits are set to leave Aberdeen during December to undertake intensive training at FMC Schilling Robotics’ California facilities.