Energy service firm Rovco said today that it would double its workforce as part of a global expansion drive.
Bristol-based Rovco, which provides subsea remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) services, has secured inspection and survey projects worldwide in industries including oil and gas and renewables in the last year.
Over this period, the company has grown from 3 to 19 staff and is on course to double its headcount by the end of 2019.
The firm recently relocated to larger premises in Bristol.
The new 2,200 sq ft office space will also house a research and development laboratory, where Rovco will conduct further studies into underwater artificial intelligence and live 3D computer vision.
Rovco chief executive Brian Allen said: “This is an exciting time for the company and we have identified a number of opportunities to grow our business. We are seeing a more optimistic outlook across the industry and our plans for the next 12-months reflect this.
“We have a number of key regions where we see opportunity for expansion, with a focus on oil and gas in the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, North and West Africa markets. We are also looking to expand our offshore wind contracts in the UK and Europe.
“A key part of our growth strategy is investing in R&D, we already offer innovative solutions for subsea survey, but over the next 12-months we plan to invest another £2m-3m in our technology. We are looking at projects including applied artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicle path planning and live 3D underwater computer vision.
“Our commitment to R&D ensures we continue to be at the top of our game and can deliver our services at the highest level. We are confident that our investment in equipment and people will enable us to meet our ambitious growth targets.”