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Gate Energy targets Latin American market with new office in Mexico

Engineering, commissioning, and speciality field services provider for the energy sector, Gate Energy, has expanded its global footprint with a new office in Mexico City, hoping to use it as a springboard to increase its customer base by providing services for the onshore and offshore industry to the rest of the Latin American region.

The company announced the establishment of an office located in Mexico City on Tuesday. According to Gate Energy, the new office will allow it to provide clients with a seamless commissioning experience for the U.S., Mexico, and Latin American projects, and benefit its subsidiary, Viking Engineering, by allowing it to offer integrated engineering services to Mexico and Latin American region.

Grant Gibson, CEO of Gate Energy, proclaimed: “Our goal is to continue to support major international projects destined for offshore markets and replicate the successes we have realized in the US Gulf of Mexico, which is why we continue to develop regional hubs from which projects can be bid, mobilized and supported.

Gibson elaborated: “Our overseas offices in Singapore and South Korea, continue to serve as key locations – not only for our commissioning team to serve customers during the construction of floating production platforms but also for our engineering, consulting and field services teams to offer additional opportunities such as rig inspections and marine risk management delivery in Singapore and asset integrity management support in Israel.”

In addition, Gibson explained that the company’s success and experience in delivering deepwater commissioning projects with operators in the US Gulf of Mexico would help it obtain similar future projects in Mexico waters. The Mexican energy sector and its national oil company, Pemex, are expected to provide new horizons for Gate’s engineering subsidiary, Viking Engineering, based on Gibson’s statement.   

Jorge L. Garduño, President of Viking Engineering, commented: “Viking already has an established presence in Mexico, providing engineering and quality assurance services to both shelf and deepwater developments. To date, we have worked on various critical well engineering projects as well as various systems engineering projects focused on providing operations readiness and flow assurance support.”

Gate Energy claims that the development of a Mexican entity provides a path towards Viking’s local registration as a well engineering services provider qualified to national CNH and ASEA requirements. The company believes this will give Viking an edge over its competitors and make it a preferred provider of downhole engineering and process consulting services for both the onshore and the growing offshore market.

However, we believe this is the right time to develop a closer working relationship with our customers in the country. This office will also serve as a springboard to provide our integrated service offerings to the rest of the Latin American region,” added Garduño.

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