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Peterhead firm JBS Group smash worldwide contracts worth £2m

By Lewis McBlane

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A PETERHEAD engineering company has completed global contracts worth £2 million.

Mike McCafferty, JBS managing director, Jo McIntosh, JBS sales & marketing manager and Alex Whyte, operations director at JBS … and its Sea Axe technology.
Mike McCafferty, JBS managing director, Jo McIntosh, JBS sales & marketing manager and Alex Whyte, operations director at JBS … and its Sea Axe technology.

JBS Group, headquartered in Peterhead, delivered lucrative contracts across the world, including one for the space industry.

Mike McCafferty, JBS managing director, said: “We’re winning more work due to our innovative approach to engineering solutions and an unrelenting commitment to customer service.

"Companies are coming to us to solve a range of complex issues across several disciplines."

The firm, reinvigorated since a buyout and a new management team four years ago, has a staff of 50.

Half of the employees at the business are coming through the apprenticeship training scheme.

JBS has delivered projects in more than 80 countries across the space, defence, power generation, fishing, utilities and energy sectors.

The successes come after a £4 million investment in their Peterhead base.

One of the firm's top projects was deploying the Sea Axe system in Indonesia.

Sea Axe is a patented system created by JBS, which enables fast, large-scale subsea excavation.

In Indonesia, the Sea Axe helped deliver the redevelopment and expansion of a power station, for offshore company Unique Group.

Mr McCafferty said: “I’m particularly delighted for the recent uptake in our patented Sea Axe mass flow excavation technology.

"This is the most environmentally friendly system of its type in the marketplace.

"The spread is small in comparison to competitor products, resulting in minimalised deck space and it can be deployed safely from a vessel’s A-frame or crane.

“Our screw conveyor partnership with Martin Sprocket USA spans the globe, providing genuine original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts to screw conveyor users all over the world."

JBS also deliver a range of other engineering services, including engineering repairs and overhauls, steel fabrication and screw conveyor assemblies.

Closer to home, the firm recently completed an umbilical reel restoration for an energy services provider at Rosyth using a team of six featuring fabricators, welders and supervisors.

Both the Indonesia Sea Axe project and work at Rosyth were delivered on time to meet mobilisation deadlines.

Meanwhile, JBS also supplied its patented retractable pressure test bay roof systems to a global subsea firm’s operations in Norway and Brazil.

This is a product designed by JBS to provide a certified retrofit roof containment system for pressure test bays.

The systems are designed and manufactured in-house, then installed by JBS all over the world.

They are an improvement over other pressure test bays used globally, as many do not have any roof protection.

The JBS system protects personnel and assets from equipment failure and projectile release resulting from pressure tests.

JBS have also won an international tender for the provision of 14 screw conveyor assemblies for a client in the Middle East.

Working in partnership with NORD Drive Systems and Martin Sprocket USA, JBS has developed the next generation of screw conveyors for use in hazardous oil and gas operations.

All projects were completed in the past two months.

Mr McCafferty said: “We’ve made great strides despite the challenges of the past year or so.

"It’s been a great team effort by everyone at JBS.”

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