2015 Group News
02 / 10 / 2015

RoSPA Gold Award for Occupational Health and Safety

RoSPA Gold Award for Occupational Health and Safety

Left to right: Jim Gilmour HCS Quality Manager with Chloe McQueen of HCS.

The RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards are internationally recognised and have fast become the most sought after accolade by organisations from every sector.

This key fixture in the health and safety calendar 2015 offers organisations a prime opportunity to prove their ongoing commitment to raising health and safety standards and to be a part of the longest running and most highly respected occupational safety awards programme.

More than 14,000 people die as a result of accidents across the UK each year. There are millions of other injuries. Accidents cause loss and suffering to the victims and their loved ones, employers and UK society as a whole.

We promote safety and the prevention of accidents at work, at leisure, on the road, in the home and through safety education.

Join us as we look at some of the very latest thinking, initiatives, and emerging best practice, whilst considering - what makes Scotland such a health and safety leader within the UK?

Now in its 59th year the RoSPA Safety Awards recognise health and safety success and offer organisations a prime opportunity to prove their ongoing commitment to raising health and safety standards.

In recent years the economic outlook has looked bleak. Yet the health and safety community in Scotland has developed somewhat of a reputation for innovative thinking and strong partnership working – enabling the pioneering of many bold new management ideas.



15 / 09 / 2015
HCS Control Systems Awarded £1M Equipment and Services Contract

HCS awarded new contract for upgrade services on board FPSO in Brazil worth £1M

The equipment upgrade and services contract sees HCS working in the FPSO sector for a company based in Brazil. Received as a result of successfully delivering other projects 'on-time and on-budget' in Brazil, this award confirms overseas demand for our equipment and services.

HCS specialise in the design, in-house manufacture, assembly and test of equipment for the subsea industry worldwide.  Our systems include direct hydraulic production systems, installation and workover (IWOCS) systems, subsea distribution units, and the complete range of topsides equipment for deployment and handling of umbilical systems.

Brett Lestrange, CEO at HCS Control Systems said: "We are delighted to be working for customers overseas; increasing the export of our product and services is fundamental to our business plan for global growth. HCS has a strong record of equipment and services supply to Brazil's energy and subsea sector and we are committed to supporting all our customers in the country with reliable, solutions and a strong export capability."

As Brazil is set to be the fifth largest economy in the world, HCS are looking to seize on every opportunity to prosper there and build relations in the region.”


01 / 09 / 2015
Business Development Manager takes up role at Dyce Sales Office

Two new key appointments for HCS

Business Development Manager takes up role at Dyce Sales Office

HCS Control Systems are pleased to welcome onboard Peter Buchan at its Dyce Sales and Service office. Taking up the role of Business Development Manager, Peter will be responsible for building and developing HCS' portfolio of products and services into both regional and global markets.

Colin Milne, Sales Director at HCS said: “Peter already has a valuable grounding in business development, working with globally recognised businesses in the region and beyond. His appointment is a welcome addition to the Dyce based team, helping us to ensure that businesses in the UK are aware of our first class offering."

"Peter is dedicated to sales and comes with 30 years oil and gas industry experience. During these years, Peter worked for companies such as WYKO Industrial Services Limited, TIS Hydraulics Ltd, AESSEAL Plc and Hydrasun. His past experience, dedication and networking capabilities made him the ideal professional for HCS.”

Peter added: “HCS Control Systems has established itself as a 'major player' in the UK and is known for its distinctive, client-focussed approach. I am looking forward to being part of delivering the values and expertise which set the business apart and giving this dynamic businesses the opportunity to grow internationally.

26 / 08 / 2015
Jeff has been Appointed Account Manager in Houston


Jeff has been Appointed Account Manager in Houston

HCS Control Systems are pleased to announce that Jeff Messer has been appointed Account Manager. Jeff, who is based in Houston, will provide regional representation for HCS, its product lines and services. Jeff will be instrumental in directing and leading the growth of HCS’ business in the Government of Mexico (GOM) and Americas. 

A local Houstonian, Jeff recently held the position of Vice President for Strad Energy Services in Denver. Prior to that, Jeff was approximately 10 years in Houston with Expro Americas as Mid Continent Division Manager.

Commenting on the new appointment, CEO Brett Lestrange said “I am delighted to have Jeff representing HCS in Houston, his professionalism and proven track record of delivering business growth are perfectly suited to developing HCS’ business in this key deepwater region."


08 / 06 / 2015
New Dual Certified Reeler Design Success

New dual-drum reeler design success for HCS

HCS Control Systems has recently delivered two innovative dual-drum umbilical reeler systems for an Australian project. The project requirements were unusual as two umbilicals were required to be deployed at the same time, posing particular deployment challenges to Operations.

HCS’ solution was to design both drums being operated from a single motor and gearbox set, with the flexibility to run each side simultaneously or independently of each other. The arrangement gives a reduced footprint over two reeler systems, improved Operator safety during deployment and retrieval operations, and can be operated by one technician instead of at least two. As always, the designs are fully ATex and DNV certified, and in this instance additionally certified to local Australian regulations.

HCS’ Operations Director Kenny Balfour said “The dual-drum design is an example of HCS’ in-house engineering and manufacturing abilities in providing practical and effective operational solutions. The units will provide our client with tangible operational benefits and improved operator safety.”


20 / 05 / 2015
HCS celebrate a string of contract wins worth £4Ms

HCS celebrate a string of contract wins worth £4M

HCS Control Systems has announced a string of new contracts that will deliver around £4m in revenue for the business over the next few months.

The new contracts which are from a variety of existing and new clients in the North Sea and overseas build on our existing production schedule at our design and manufacturing facility in Glenrothes.

The contracts include the design, manufacture, FAT and supply of various products and subsea equipment including;

• two pneumatically driven umbilical reeler systems
• deployment frames
• subsea distribution units
• reelers system, baskets and sheaves

Colin Milne, Sales Director at HCS said: “In the current market, this string of contract wins confirms that our business model and product offering are streamlined and comprehensive, and together provide our clients with an incentive driven package."


15 / 05 / 2015
Dean Hilton has joined HCS as Services Manager

Key Appointment, New Services Manger

HCS Control Systems are pleased to announce that Dean Hilton has joined HCS as Services Manager. Dean is a specialist orbital welding engineer and experienced project manager with over 25 years experience. Dean was previously with Cameron / OneSubsea in a variety of roles around the globe, prior to this was HCS’ manufacturing manager until 2004.

Dean will manage HCS’ new fleet of global rental assets, including reeler systems and our unique test and flushing workshops, as well as manpower and specialist orbital welding services.


10 / 05 / 2015
Following a record business year in 2014, HCS invest in rental equipment

New dual certified reeler design

HCS Control Systems recently delivered the first of its new design standard umbilical reeler systems. These units are the result of extensive engineering 3D design and with close design input from our manufacturing and operations departments.

This team effort has meant the new design is not only more cost effective to clients, but also delivery times from approval of drawings of typically only 12 weeks, versus 20 or more elsewhere in the industry.

In executing the new design, nothing has been compromised in the functional reeler design, they are ready for full DNV, ATex and IEec dual certification for the most stringent zone-rated applications in any global subsea project, in addition to any additional project-specific requirements. The units can be powered with any of HCS proven drive systems, including pneumatic, hydraulic and direct electric drive, and suitable for both shallow and deep-water applications.


07 / 04 / 2015
Following a record business year in 2014, HCS invest in rental equipment

Latest dual certified rental reelers from HCS

Following a record business year in 2014, HCS Control Systems has invested in two new IWOCS rental reeler and umbilical systems. The 1500ft 20-way hydraulic systems are already contracted for work in the North Sea, beyond this HCS expect their dual Atex / IEec and DNV 2.7.1 certifications will mean the units will have ready application to any global oil and gas installation, as they are the only such certified rental units available to clients today.

Further units are planned, please contact HCS’ Services Manager Dean Hilton to discuss your project requirements today.

01 / 04 / 2015
Aberdeen Dyce Sales and Service Office takes shape

Dyce Sales and Service office takes shape

HCS are pleased to announce the opening of their Sales & Service office in Aberdeen. The opening of the office situated at Wellheads Crescent in Dyce brings HCS Control Systems close to our key customers. For further information, please contact:

Colin Milne (Sales Director)
Direct Dial: 01224 937560
Mobile: 07739 295 890 E-mail