Alba powering ahead in the United States

Alba powering ahead in the United States

Since winning last year’s BQ Export Awards, Alba Power have opened a new servicing site for gas turbine engines in North Carolina. Kenny Kemp gets an update on a worthy winner.

There’s no doubt, it has been an exceptional year for Alba Power, winners of last year’s BQ Scotland Export Award for Most Entrepreneurial Exporters. The firm has just opened another site in the United States and has already won orders.

Gas and power turbines drive heavy industry across a number of sectors and these sophisticated pieces of kit require maintenance and upgrades to keep them working efficiently.

Alba Power, based in Netherley, outside Aberdeen, has won plaudits as one of the most entrepreneurial exporters in Scotland. While Alba Power might not be the biggest firm in the repair and reconditioning of the Rolls-Royce turbine such as the Avon, Olympus and RB211, they have been continuously striving to give the best service.

Within its first week of opening in February this year, Alba Power Inc, in North Carolina, has received work projects with three Avon engines serviced by its expert US engineering team. In the last few years, the company has been working with Petrologics in Houston where they have developed a ‘complete package over-haul’, where the insides of a turbine can be re-engineered to substantially increase its operational life and its environmental efficiency.

The bookings in advance of the North Carolina opening show how beneficial the additional American site is to regional clients. Welcoming the engines was President of Americas Operations Andy McClare and his team of experts.

As the leading global independent, servicing over 140 engines in more than 16 countries across the world, Andy and his team are continuing to build on Alba Power’s award-winning ethos of understanding the customer’s business and delivering over and above their expectations.

Campbell Archibald, President of Alba Power Inc, also visited the site for its opening week. “The new site opening is a hugely exciting time for Alba Power. Last year saw our exporting efforts recognised by industry awards and this latest development echoes that success.”

Last year Alba Power was awarded Entrepreneurial Exporter of the Year at the BQ Export Awards in April. This was followed in November when the firm was recognised as Export Champion at the Growing Business Awards. Alba Power are delighted to be named as finalists at the Society of Petroleum Engineers Offshore Achievement Awards, in March, once again being nominated as Export Champion.

He said: “We are delighted to be nominees for Export Champion at the prestigious awards but just knowing the added benefits and support that the new site can provide for our trusted and loyal customers is a fantastic achievement for the whole team.”

Terry Alderton, Managing Director of Alba Power, said: “I am hugely proud and delighted to announce the opening of Alba Power Inc in North Carolina. Since 2012 we have made a concerted effort to drive our internalisation forward and we are all really excited about this latest development. I look forward to continued growth in both the UK and overseas.”

“There are many times when clients require local repairs, services and work carried out on engines. Andy McClare and his team are specialists in this level of support, proving time and again the benefits of returning clients to operational excellence as swiftly as possible. The facility will only add to our offering and enable this team to provide a more responsive service to our US based clients”.