Oil and Gas software and services business set for growth with BGF investment
Petrotechnics is the global leader of software solutions to improve frontline operational performance and risk management in hazardous industries.
Based in Aberdeen and with offices in Houston, Saudi Arabia and Singapore, Petrotechnics was founded in 1990 and since then has pioneered proven solutions and successfully helped organizations in hazardous industries increase operational performance and improve risk management in the riskiest part of their operations.
Petrotechnics’ software solutions are used on a daily basis by more than 50,000 personnel from some of the biggest businesses in the oil and gas industry, including the three largest independent Oil & Gas Companies. Petrotechnics software is used in frontline operations across 385 sites on 6 continents. 80% of North Sea and 40% of Gulf of Mexico assets utilise Petrotechnics’ software to help manage their frontline operations safely and efficiently.
BGF’s £6m funding will help fuel the next stage in Petrotechnics’ growth strategy, enabling expansion into new geographies, recruitment of more people, and ongoing investment in the software products.
Petrotechnics’ enterprise software platform, ‘Proscient’, manages the execution of frontline work safely and efficiently to help organisations maintain the integrity of their assets, the safety of their workforce and the sustainable achievement of their production targets. This is a step change for the oil and gas industry, integrating safety, risk management, work planning and efficiency for the first time.
Proscient is designed to reduce the number and length of unplanned plant shutdowns, decrease permit and contractor wait times, more efficient turnarounds, significantly improve plan accuracy and plan attainment and engender a safety culture within an organisation.
Over the past five years the company has generated annual revenues in the range of £10-15 million and has employed more than 100 staff.
Before founding Petrotechnics, CEO Phil Murray worked internationally for BP for 10 years in a variety of technical, operational and managerial roles. The business has won a number of industry awards from organisations including winning the ‘Growth Strategy of the Year’ award at the European Business Awards in 2008.
BGF Investment Director Mike Sibson joined the Petrotechnics Board.
The advisers to the transaction were AAB, KPMG, Burness, Paull & Williamsons, Raeburns and Intuitus.
Mike joined BGF in January 2012 in Aberdeen, where he is responsible for originating and delivering investments in the North of Scotland, and for working with the management teams of the investee companies to help maximise their potential.
Mike started his career as a drilling engineer with Shell, working mostly in exploration in Angola and Congo. He then joined 3i, and after spells in Birmingham and Cambridge Mike moved to Aberdeen in 2004, where he was subsequently appointed joint head of 3i’s oil and gas team.
Mike has a BA and MEng degree in Engineering from the Downing College, Cambridge University, and an MBA from INSEAD, and he is a Chartered Engineer and a Sainsbury Management Fellow.
Mike is married and lives in Banchory in Aberdeenshire. He provides a taxi service for his four kids, and in his spare time likes to be outdoors, running, skiing and biking.
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