AI creates job opportunities as international growth beckons for Aberdeen business

Euan Bathgate, OPEX Group’s Chief Product Officer

ABERDEEN-based OPEX Group is looking to add to its highly skilled workforce thanks to a growing demand for its breakthrough AI driven solutions. These solutions allow clients to maintain production outputs whilst reducing power consumption and lowering emissions.

The business is currently looking for various disciplines to supplement its workforce including process engineers, data scientists, AI engineers and software developers. Against a recent industry background of economic slowdown and COVID-19 driven set-backs, OPEX Group’s continued growth is welcome news for the business itself and the local economy.

The creation of jobs by AI stimulated growth may seem counter intuitive, but the market’s response to OPEX Group’s emissions.AI software has seen the business flourish over the last year. The arrival of new customers reflects the business’s ability to make a difference where it matters when it comes to the growing international focus on climate change and emissions management. Seonaid McIntosh, OPEX’s COO says, “Climate change and achieving net zero emissions is an international problem and we are seeing rising interest from a number of regions.”

The business offers a suite of AI products designed to meet the needs of asset owners and operators targeting improved asset reliability and lower emissions. The application of AI and machine learning to asset data, and the ability to manage critical processes in real time, is a transformative journey that yields powerful results for the client and for the environment. OPEX believes that its AI solutions enable companies to monitor, manage and optimise emissions without compromising on production outputs and without additional investment in facility modifications.

Euan Bathgate, Chief Product Officer, provides an insight into how AI is driving this much needed improvement: “The software automatically calculates the emissions for every source based on live data from an asset, and by comparing live emissions with the theoretical lowest achievable emissions, the AI can determine “excess” emissions by volume, category and cost, holistically and by individual emitters and sources.  Opportunities for optimisation are automatically and continuously highlighted as they arise to users in the control room or asset support teams, providing the necessary information to decide if and when to take action. The AI also provides valuable data driven insights on how the facility is (and can be) operated and maintained from an emissions perspective.”

At a time where the number of jobs in the North East economy has been shrinking, and political threats to the oil and gas industry have emerged to cast a shadow over future developments, the positive news that leading North East businesses are creating jobs, embracing technological advances, and pioneering change throws a positive light on the sustainability of the industry as a whole.  

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