ABERDEEN-BASED EnerMech is to create up to 100 jobs in the Bristol area over the next three years as the company which began as an oil and gas company continues to diversify.

The mechanical and electrical services specialist will target the nuclear, industrial processing, refining, petrochemical, aviation, defence, transport and infrastructure sectors as it diversifies outwith its energy industry roots.

Enermech says its track record in the highly regulated offshore industry and experience of working on global infrastructure projects will enable it to successfully introduce existing service lines into new onshore sectors.

EnerMech has appointed Duncan Frame, who spent 20 years with General Electric in senior commercial and operational roles in a number of different sectors, as general manager south-west, and he will spearhead expansion of the EnerMech brand.

Frame said: “EnerMech has years of experience of working in the highly regulated offshore sector and there exists a number of logical entry points to many of the onshore high tech and broader industrial sectors which populate the Midlands and south of the UK.

“The disciplines and methodologies which have been

fine tuned in the North Sea and global oil and gas hubs are transferrable to an onshore environment and I see this as a terrific opportunity to build on the EnerMech success story.

“We envisage building a significant team of competent, multi-skilled individuals with experience across multiple sectors in the next three to five years and will establish the necessary workshop, storage and testing infrastructure to be on the doorstep of and accessible to potential new clients.”

Established 10 years ago, EnerMech now employs 3500 staff across 40 locations in the UK and across the globe. The firms works on large-scale projects across the oil and gas, liquefied natural gas, renewables, defence, power, infrastructure and petrochemicals sectors, and expects to grow revenues in 2018 to £430 million, up from £361m in 2017.

Chief executive Doug Duguid said: “We have always been an outward-looking business and this extension into new markets is a natural step and part of a global strategy which will see EnerMech double in size over the next five years.”