Engineering and fabrication firm JBS Group completes £2m of contracts

Engineering and fabrication firm JBS Group completes £2m of contracts

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, a multi-disciplined engineering solutions and products provider, has completed a series of contracts worth £2 million.

The Peterhead firm, reinvigorated since being acquired and enhanced with a new management team four years ago, has a staff of 50, with around half of its workforce coming through the company’s apprenticeship training scheme.

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



Its core operations are engineering repairs and overhauls, steel fabrication, screw conveyor assemblies, subsea mass flow excavation using patented technology and blast containment, where patented fabrics are used, for ballistic, blast, fire and arc flash protection.

The latest contract successes include umbilical reel restoration work scopes for an energy services provider at Rosyth involving a team of six that included fabricators, welders and supervisors. A similar project has also been carried out at Rosyth for a global energy services business. Both projects were delivered on time to meet mobilisation deadlines.

Meanwhile, JBS 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.

Pressure test bays are used globally, and 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 provided a portable explosive test facility complete with vented roof system to a space industry manufacturer in the United States. This is a portable test enclosure manufactured by JBS and installed onsite by its experienced team. The explosive blast and fragmentation curtain offers the client explosive blast, frag and fire protection.

In addition, the JBS patented Sea Axe mass flow excavation equipment was mobilised in Indonesia and deployed to excavate various scopes for the redevelopment and expansion of a power station. This project was for Unique Group. The power and precision of Sea Axe enables projects to be completed in a shorter time frame, resulting in substantial cost savings.

JBS 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.

Mike McCafferty, managing director at JBS, 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.

“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.

“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.”

In the past four years JBS has made a £4m investment in its Peterhead site, training the next generation and developing the new technology.

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