NorSea Group, a supplier of base services and integrated logistics systems to the oil and gas industry in Norway, appointed Kim Christensen as its first U.K. General Manager to lead the group’s future developments in Scotland.
Mr. Christensen will head up NorSea Group (U.K.) Ltd, a new company within the Group, which has been established to reinforce the Group’s commitment to enhance its business activity in the U.K. To support this, NorSea Group will open its first U.K. office in Aberdeen.
The move follows NorSea Group’s recent announcements that it had signed an agreement with the Scrabster Harbor Trust in Caithness and formed a strategic working partnership with local logistics firm Hugh Simpson (Contractors) Ltd to develop Scotland’s most northerly mainland port as a one-stop supply base servicing the oil and gas industry.
Mr. Christensen’s initial focus will be to build on the existing Scrabster relationships and to move proposals forward to establish a base which will particularly benefit offshore operators and developments in the northern North Sea and East/West of Shetland. He will do this through working closely with the local community to maximize benefits for the area.
Alongside that, he will be responsible for identifying new business opportunities in the UKCS with an emphasis onNorth-East Scotland right up the coast to Orkney and Shetland.
“NorSea Group (U.K.) Ltd anticipates expanding operations in Scotland by establishing a presence in additional strategic ports within the next two years. Many of the Norwegian companies we work with already have existing relationships with companies operating in the U.K. North Sea sector so there is already a good fit there,” says Knut Magne Johannessen, director of international and project operations in NorSea Group.
Mr. Christensen, a Dane who has lived in the U.K. for 21 years, has more than 20 years of shorebase and logistics experience. Prior to taking up his appointment with NorSea Group on August 1, he was CEO of Danbor Ltd.’s Aberdeen-based U.K. activity where his role included establishing a new shore base for the company at Montrose. Previous posts have also included General Manager of Jutlandia A/S Esbjerg Shorebase facility and General Manager of Blue Water Shipping U.K. which saw him overseeing four offices for the company across the U.K., including its Aberdeen base.
He said he was looking forward to increasing NorSea Group’s presence in Scotland.
“The company currently operates nine supply bases along the coast of Norway which provide logistics support to companies operating offshore on the Norwegian continental shelf. The development at Scrabster Harbor will benefit from that expertise as it grows to meet the demands of the oil and gas, renewables and decommissioning sectors in North Scotland. That level of experience will be equally as relevant in the other opportunities we will be exploring.”