About us

Contributing tailored handling, control, monitoring and instrumentation solutions to the dynamic oil and gas sector.

EFC Group overview

EFC Group is a global control, monitoring, instrumentation & handling company serving the oil and gas industry since 1988. Headquartered in Aberdeen, Europe’s oil capital, EFC Group has achieved significant global growth.

In today’s environment of ever-demanding certification requirements and wealth of global industry standards it is our vision is to deliver expert solutions for compliant controls whether this be API, NORSOK or CE. We operate in nine countries, with offices and manufacturing capabilities located in Aberdeen, Leeds, Forres, Houston and Singapore along with representation in Abu Dhabi, Norway, Brazil, Mexico and India.

Established in 1988, Electro-Flow Controls Ltd underwent a management buy-in December 2009, at this time Subsea Solutions was identified as a key development area for the company and ‘Celeris’, the mechanical handling company founded by Bob Will, was integrated to compliment and form the company known today as EFC Group. The current EFC Group is committed to designing, manufacturing, installing and commissioning a range of tailor made monitoring, control and mechanical handling systems, providing cost-effective solutions that are easily integrated and supported by our expert design and engineering specialists.

QHSE at EFC Group is not only a consideration but a culture. We are an associate member of the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC), as well as holding current ISO 9001 certification for our three manufacturing sites, ATEX Quality Assurance Notification, IECEx QAR, API Monogram 16C for Choke Control and the first British company to hold the API Monogram 16D manufacturing license for surface BOP Control Systems.

Our future is powered by innovation; our footprint formed by providing effective and crucial solutions which will help you maintain safe drilling operations.

Our Experience

Proud to be making a difference for more than 25 years.

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Since inception in 1988, EFC Group has established a proven track record for providing comprehensive expertise in the design and production of handling, control, monitoring and instrumentation solutions for the oil and gas industry. With a growing number of employees and continual improvement applied to develop operations and new markets, our depth of experience helps to shape our future.

2013 marked 25 years delivering instrumentation, handling and well control solutions for EFC Group – and we certainly have come a long way. EFC started life in 1988 with two founding owners; today we have more than 140 employees across our global bases.

We have always aspired to create reliable, innovative systems which meet our customers' bespoke needs and to this day, we remain client centric. From our first order of a pit volume totalizer system to our more recent cutting-edge touch screen E-BOP control panels and Managed Pressure Drilling control system, we ensure that each and every order meets our highest standards working to maintain the EFC Group logo as a symbol of excellence, reserved for only the best in the instrumentation, handling, monitoring and control industry.

We understand that our systems can be the fine line between efficiency and lost time and as such, every system we design and build has the experience, knowledge and expertise of our engineering specialists fully built in.

2013 saw the EFC Group workforce increase by over 50%, along with the launch of a new flagship manufacturing facility in Forres and our expansion plans won't stop there. We endeavour be first choice for our clients. 2013 has also already seen EFC Group employees achieve nomination for four national awards, recognising both exceptional business performance and the outstanding input to the industry contributed by our very own people.

Timeline

The history of EFC Group

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  • Pre-History 1986-88: Ferranti Offshore Systems Ltd signed up as UK/ European agents of Electro-Flow Controls Inc, promoting its range of drilling instrumentation. Ted Littlechild was hired by Ferranti to act as agent.
  • March 1988: Start-up of Electro-Flow Controls Ltd to continue promoting EFC Inc products.
  • 1st Premises: South College Street, Aberdeen, Scotland.
  • Mid 1988: First order to Dan Smedvig land rig in south of England - a Pit Volume Totalizer system.
  • Spring 1989: First Well Control system: HPHT package designed and supplied, with subsea BOP temperature probe & winch. Deployed on Sedco's Drillstar (became Pride Venezuela, now ENSCO 5005) for the first HPHT Shell contract post Ocean Odyssey blowout and Dept. of Energy moratorium on high pressure drilling.
  • First wrap-around temperature sensors for C & K Manifold and for subsea choke lines.
  • 1990: all EFC Inc drawings & IP bought by EFC Ltd.
  • 2nd Premises: Move to Grampian Enterprise Centre in Northfield, Aberdeen, Scotland.
  • 1991-1993: Jobs for Kuybysheftneft, Samara, Russia: at first drilling instrumentation. Then several water-oil separation control systems.
  • 1992: First job with Diamond Offshore, still an existing client.
  • 1992: First set of Finescale Pressure Gauges delivered. Shallow Gas detection System, product development sponsored by Premier Oil & Scottish Enterprise.
  • 1993: First Liquid Seal Monitor delivered.
  • 3rd Premises 1993-2011: Move to Souterhead Road, Altens, Aberdeen, Scotland , 2 modules.
  • Joint Venture with Hydro-Pneumatic Ltd to promote valves and actuators manufactured by Hydro-Pneumatic running until 1995.
  • 1994: First M25 analogue gauge manufactured by EFC, first CCTV systems supplied.
  • Pipehandling control system development sponsored by Scottish Enterprise, in venture with MOS.
  • 1996: First EFC Drill Cabin to Louisiana semi-submersible for Brazil.
  • 1997: EFC Americas Inc founded.
  • 1998: First ISO 9000 Accreditation.
  • 1998 Oil Price: $9/barrel, record low.
  • 1999/2000: Development and certification of EFC's stainless steel, EExd Camera Housings EFC 556 & EFC558 Pan/tilts
  • 2000: Hazardous Area certification of EFC M25 gauges.
  • First Middle East orders.
  • 2005: First sale to Australia.
  • 2008 Oil Price: $147/barrel, a record high.
  • Dec 2009: Management buy-in and change of ownership, Bob Will leads as Chief Executive Officer.
  • 2010: Electro-Flow Controls Ltd rebrands as EFC Group, highlighting the expansion from original and cores Instrumentation & Control (I & C) Systems to encompass Subsea Solutions and Mechanical Handling divisions too.
  • 2010: EFC establishes first contract for Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) Controls.
  • 2011 4th Premises: EFC Headquarters move to Hareness Road, Aberdeen Scotland.
  • 2012: EFC Group takes decision to open office and manufacturing facility in Forres via Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE) with aim of expanding resource base of experienced personnel and meeting order book demands.
  • 2013: Ted Littlechild co-founder of EFC Group retires having seen the business reach 130 employees and continued sustainable growth looking set to continue.
  • 2013: EFC celebrates 25 years of niche Well Control expertise.
  • 2013: EFC secures its first orders direct to Newbuild Drilling Rig sector, building upon existing rig upgrades and service company client base highlighting market expansion and secure growth being developed.
  • 2014: Minister for Energy, Enterprise & Tourism, Fergus Ewing MSP opens EFC Forres Flagship manufacturing facility. This 10,000ft2 facility enables multiple builds of BOP & MPD Hydraulic Power Units in parallel along with state of the art IT links to facilitate remote client FAT witness.
  • 2014: EFC Headquarters expands manufacturing facility with new Electrical workshop, Hydraulic workshop and Engineering office facilities at Hareness Road location.

Management

EFC Group prides itself on providing the best to our clients, employees and the communities in which we operate. We ensure that we have individuals who embody the EFC Group culture working within our QHSE framework, driving EFC Group forward in all areas and raising industry standards.

Facilities

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Design

At EFC Group our focus on design as a core element ensures peace of mind. Our headquarters in Aberdeen as well as our various global locations play home to our internal design functions, consisting of highly qualified engineers with years of industry experience. Our talented team maintain full control over design and manufacturing projects, our systems allow us to respond and react immediately to changing specifications, environments and needs.

Production

EFC Group prides itself on providing teams of highly motivated and skilled engineers for every project. We trust our engineers to work to the highest standards with EFC workshops and provide safe, controlled environments which are supportive of our engineers' needs and requirements, so that orders can be prioritised and produced to meet your deadline. Our Houston office alone provides over 300 square meters of workshop space dedicated to our engineers so that they can do what they do best.

System engineering

We aim to be first choice for your instrumentation and monitoring needs and as such, we have dedicated specialist project engineers with extensive knowledge and expertise in electrical and hydraulic based systems, suitable for use in hazardous areas when required.

Client historical manuals archive

Part of our duty of care is the provision of comprehensive documentation with every EFC Group system - we maintain security by holding a versatile and full archive library of all operation and user manuals provided to clients. These files are available from the system as and when necessary.

Our facilities are designed and chosen with our clients and our employees in mind, giving us the opportunity to do our best for you. With a new flagship manufacturing facility, 10,000ft2 established in Forres, Scotland, we are always planning for the future, ready to meet demand for leading safety critical control systems for the oil and gas sector.