December 8, 2015 @ 8:47 by Alison Cowie
Delegates from Mexico heard first-hand about the strength of Teesside’s oil and gas industry on a whistle-stop visit to two of the area’s leading businesses.
Tees firms Unasys and the Wilton Group hosted Mexican business and press representatives to discuss opportunities in the Central American country.
Coordinated by NOF Energy and UKTI, the visit was part of moves to promote the strengths of the UK oil and gas industry, together with the strong links between academia, business and government that foster innovation and exports.
Along with visits to both Unasys in Middlesbrough and Wilton Group across the River Tees in Port Clarence, the visit will also include tours of the new £20m state-of-the-art STEM Centre at Middlesbrough College.
Led by Enrique Cornejo, head of energy and environment for UKTI Mexico, the Mexican delegation included journalists from leading Mexican newspapers and business associations.
Having recently attended a NOF Energy-organised Northern Powerhouse trade mission to Mexico, Unasys managing director Mick Flynn made a presentation to the visitors.
Providing commissioning and completions management solutions to the process industry, Unasys have been involved in a range of diverse projects across Europe, Asia and the Americas, including oil and gas plants, wind farms and offshore platforms.
They are now keen to tap into the potentially lucrative Mexican market.
Mick said: “As a leading completions and commissioning company, Unasys were delighted to host a delegation from Mexico at our operation in Boho One.
“This was not only an excellent opportunity for us but for Middlesbrough too. We used the visit to highlight the strengths of Teesside’s oil and gas industry service providers.
“2015 is ‘The Year of Mexico in the UK and UK in Mexico’, and I see Mexico as a great opportunity both now and over the coming years, due to the significant deep water discoveries in the oil and gas sector and also major onshore infrastructure projects.”
After a presentation at Unasys, the delegation toured the new STEM Centre at Middlesbrough College, which is now delivering world class training in science, technology, engineering and maths.
The employer-led centre replicates a genuine industrial environment and the equipment and professional operations are what you’d expect to find anywhere in industry.
After visiting the STEM Centre, the delegates then travelled across the river to Wilton Engineering via the iconic Transporter Bridge.
A multi-discipline engineering services provider, Wilton specialise in engineering design, fabrication and construction, analysis, coatings and services for the onshore and offshore energy industry.