The team are tasked with installing massive Rolls Royce Trent and RB211 engines that will power the giant pumping station that will control the flow of gas in that section of the crucial GazProm project.
“But the first of our team to set foot in the city, south of the border with Finland, landed in the middle of a visit from Russian Prime Minister Putin,” said Cliff Bathgate, Senior Manager with the Ellesmere Port-based instrumentation, installation and calibration company.
“He hadn’t been there long when a convoy of black Mercedes, flanked by a security team that included two helicopters, arrived at the outskirts of the city. He was told that that the Russian Prime Minister was in one of the vehicles. He was on a visit to inspect the progress of the project.”
Cliff, who manages a team of 14 engineers who install, maintain, service and calibrate the machinery of Arena clients around the world, said a team of ten engineers would be committed to the Vyborg project.
“Our engineers are very highly trained and well-respected wherever they go. But it is increasingly difficult to find the people with the right training and experience these days. That’s why we now run our own Arena apprenticeship scheme to train-up our engineers of the future,” he added speaking from his office at the Rossmore Business Village.
“We have been advertising for suitably qualified engineers and technicians for some time now offering excellent pay and conditions. But sadly, Britain’s seems to have too few of the people with the engineering skills that made Britain great.”
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