RBG’s employees have to be prepared to travel to some challenging overseas sites. The Aberdeen-based drilling, construction, decommissioning and operations support company employs 5,000 workers in Qatar, Italy, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Trinidad and the US. Born in 2004 following a merger between the Rigblast Group, MacGregor Energy Services and Mach-Ten Offshore, the three-way merger saw RBG’s sales rocket from £14.5m in 2005 to £257m in 2008. Slim margins in the company’s sector meant pre-tax profits were just £4.1m. The collapse of the price of oil late last year doesn’t bode well for companies like RBG who provide services to oil and natural gas industries, but the company is trusting that its 35-year history and experience will fortify it against the economic storms that lie ahead.
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