An oil and gas consultancy says it has secured over $1.5million (£1million) worth of contracts since being acquired by an Aberdeen entrepreneur.
Oil Plus says the work has been awarded in the last three months and has significantly expanded its footprint in the Middle East.
The firm was taken over by Mark Cavanagh last year for an undisclosed fee last year.
Mr Cavanagh has more than 25 years of experience in the energy sector, founding fellow energy consultancy XPD8 in Aberdeen in 2003.
He left XPD8 in 2015 after the company was bought by Smiths Group and assimilated into the John Crane unit.
Oil Plus, which was set up in 1978, says it has gone “from strength to strength” under the new management.
Sales are up 285% compared to the last quarter of 2017.
The Newbury-based company, which employs over 30 people, says it plans further recruitment over the next 12 months due to the surge in business.
The contracts will see Oil Plus carry out various studies and modelling for several international oil companies in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Brazil, Thailand and Europe.
Oil Plus has worked with over 250 upstream oil and gas firms since its founding, focussed on production chemistry, specialist reservoir sourcing and process engineering.
Clarke Shepherd, global business development director at Oil Plus,said: “The market has been looking strong during the first four months of 2018 and although trading is still tough, we are extremely confident about the year ahead.
“We have a robust pipeline of potential projects and plans are in place to expand into new international markets as well as concentrating on areas we have proven to be successful. Over the next 12 months, we’re targeting sustained and supported growth within our core business areas and looking to expand our engineering services.
“Over the past six months we have established a number of partnerships in the Middle East which will help to drive our business forward and promote the bespoke approach we take to solving complex production issues.”
Oil Plus was set up as a joint venture between BP and Plenty to provide support for the Forties oil field which was bought by Apache in 2003.
BP sold its stake in the firm in 1982 after the company changed hands a number of times before ending up with Smiths Group.
At the time of acquiring the firm, Mr Cavanagh said it might be desirable to give the firm a “sales presence” in Aberdeen.