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Sparrows Group reinvigorates North Sea offering with drilling services capabilities

Sparrows Group (Sparrows), the engineering and maintenance services specialist for the global energy and industrial sectors, is expanding its service roster in the North Sea as it looks to replicate its drilling services success in the Middle East and Asia. To support its remarket entry, the company has appointed Sandy Main as Drilling Services Manager - Europe. Sandy brings more than 30 years’ experience in the drilling services sector and will be based at the company’s headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Since introducing drilling services to its repertoire in the Middle East and Asia Pacific, Sparrows has seen increasing interest in the regions for the improved service offering and gone from strength to strength in this department, evolving its product line into a core service. In recent years, the company had shifted its strategic focus in the UK but has identified a growing need in the market to offer customers a larger, more encompassing offering. The company works with customers on large scale, full rig reactivation projects, delivering entire scopes of complex work that envelop equipment to facilities to support with the workforce.

Sparrows’ ability to diversify from a cranes, lifting support, and engineering company into a turnkey energy support company has been achieved through its detailed market observation. The company seeks to fill gaps in the market to help meet operator demand for high-quality services and offer clients a more streamlined, efficient approach to delivering projects under a single supplier. Whilst Sparrows’ drilling services had previously been available in the UK and Europe, the company has seen increased activity and demand in this region for a bundled service, delivered by a reliable and trustworthy provider, so is entering 2023 with a renewed focus on this offering.

The company’s remarkable drilling services growth in the Middle East and Asia Pacific is a testament to its commitment to deliver the best possible services to clients, wherever in the world they operate. Sparrows plans to take this model of success back to the UK and Europe, readily pulling on its global resources of expertise and facilities.

Stewart Mitchell, Chief Executive officer at Sparrows, said: “This is an exciting time for the entire Sparrows team, and we are ready and prepped to build upon our success in the East and transplant the same model in the UK and Europe. Through Sparrows’ in-house training and development programmes we are upskilling our current workforce and utilising our pool of talent who already present the high-quality technical skills needed to deliver this service. By also adding a dual role aspect, we can give people the opportunity to work on a much wider range of equipment – and in turn, offer our customers a more streamlined service. This not only supports their career progression but also allows us to offer new avenues to Sparrows apprentices, as we continue our upward growth trajectory.”

In his new role as Drilling Services Manager – Europe, Sandy Main will be responsible for the operations and technical resource of the service in the region, ensuring Sparrows can deliver large scale projects to operators across the North Sea.

Sandy explains: “With a career in drilling services spanning several decades, I am well versed in the industry and have worked on complex projects of all sizes. I’m eager to enhance this service offering in the UK and Europe and am determined to deliver projects to a high level for new and existing clients. With Sparrows’ skilled workforce spanning the globe, along with the most equipped workshops I have seen, we are in a strong and supported place to help customers streamline their projects and benefit from the quality services offered by Sparrows. 2023 is set to be an energised year!”

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