From the freezing tundra of Siberia to the sweltering deserts of the Middle East, this group’s 7,000 staff work in more than 20 countries, manufacturing, managing, operating and servicing drilling rigs. The Aberdeen group’s biggest shareholder is Pamplona Capital, which led a refinancing in 2011, injecting almost £400m to pay down company debt and finance expansion. Chief executive Norrie McKay, 53, announced sales of £1.1bn in 2012 – a 16% increase on the year before.
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