Ramboll enters UK oil & gas market with the acquisition of Aberdeen-based consultancy Apply Altra

Date: 13/06/2014

In pursuit of an ambitious strategy to grow employees and geographical reach, Ramboll has acquired Apply Altra in Aberdeen.

Up until the acquisition, which was officially signed in Norway last week, Apply Altra has been part of the Apply Group. With the formal shift in ownership on 2 June, the name has been changed to Ramboll Oil & Gas with immediate effect.

“Presence in the UK and especially in Aberdeen has been on our wish list for several years, and with the acquisition of Apply Altra, we have a building block on which to base our future presence in the UK”, says Executive Director in Ramboll Oil & Gas, Trond Helland Bynes, who hopes to develop the new UK office even further.

“This is a strategic move for Ramboll, and we are therefore looking for an ambitious manager to spearhead the office and drive future development. The divestment is due to a strategic review in Apply, where Altra was considered a non-core activity for us. We are therefore pleased that the company and its employees now is becoming part of Rambøll”, says Apply CEO Peder Sortland.

Under the Ramboll name, the former Apply Altra will continue to deliver unique facilities engineering capability to the oil, gas & renewables industry. Formed over 20 years ago in response to demand from operators for a more responsive, focused and cost-effective engineering service, Altra has been delivering large-scale engineering capability for the past decades.

Full speed ahead to service clients globally
“It is our ambition to service our oil and gas clients where ever they decide to go, and that is another reason why it is essential for Ramboll to be present in Aberdeen. Aberdeen is the number one city for offshore oil and gas in the UK sector of the North Sea, and having a local presence will facilitate the daily contact to our clients and at the same time be a basis for expanding our client portfolio”, says Bynes.

With presence in Norway, Denmark and now also the UK, Ramboll covers all sectors in the North Sea.

Over the years, Apply Altra has carried out engineering for 2,500 facilities for clients such as Maersk Oil, Total E&O, Apache, Dana Petroleum and Maersk FPSO.

“Apply Altra holds industry-leading process engineering capabilities that go hand in hand with Ramboll’s palette of multidisciplinary oil and gas competencies. Over time we want to develop the Aberdeen office into a multidisciplinary, full service provider of energy consultancy to even better service our UK-based clients and the international market serviced out of the UK”, Bynes states.

 Source: Ramboll