More about SBS

SBS is an independently-owned business which is still operated by its founder, Group Chairman and CEO, Michael J. Spencer. Mike has over 30 years international O&G industry experience and has special responsibility toward defining strategy and its impact on client organisations. He provides strategic support and advice for operators, governments and utility companies in the areas of due diligence, technical integrity, strategic techno/economic reviews of O&G and low-carbon, renewable energy projects as well as acquisition planning and field decommissioning.


Mike is a British Royal Navy-trained marine engineer and diver with special operations experience and formal MBA training. He is supported by Co-owner, Wife and Managing Director, Liza M. Spencer MA, BSc, Quality Director, Zoe Leask BA and a dedicated, highly-motivated professional senior management team. All of our projects are executed by experienced, degree qualified discipline engineers and project managers, most of whom are Chartered.


SBS is a relationship-based company. Our business is based on trust, repeat business and long-term relationships. SBS delivers the full range of marine and subsea design and development engineering consultancy services that SBS has become known and respected for since its formation and, more recently, ocean energy renewable power generation projects. Examples of these services are briefly outlined here in our website.

SBS has developed from focusing its support on UK Oil & Gas Operators in Aberdeen and London, to becoming a truly international marine and subsea engineering project management consultancy with a commitment in recent years to delivering, ocean-energy, renewable power generation projects. We place a high value on the selection and retention of the best-quality professional personnel. Our experienced staff are supported by a dedicated senior management team and full IT and administrative resources of the company, which include contemporary leading-edge application software packages as well as our own, in-house developed software. Our integrated and responsive approach to supporting clients’ requirements ensures that we are always able to provide quality, optimum solutions and project deliverables on-time and within budget.

More about Customer Commitment

Our primary focus is on adding value at the front-end of a project and providing robust project management support to clients. We always ‘go the extra mile’ and take satisfaction from knowing we have added value to the client’s projects and helped to improve the safety, cost efficiency, scope and quality of the engineering from the initial concept presented. The SBS role is to integrate its divisional services in order to provide a one-off focused evaluation study or a ‘one-stop-shop’ that can cover the marine, subsea and subsurface aspects of the development, topsides facilities, as well as economic assessments during the concept definition and selection process, through to offshore installation and to integrate these specialist support services seamlessly into Customer development teams. Including our staff, clients have access to more than 600 specialist engineers, safety professionals and scientists.

Being truly independent, we differ from our key competitors in that:

  • We have no technology or development-solution bias.
  • We can focus solely on the needs of our Customers rather than parent-company dictates.
  • We have no vested interest in the detailed design phase.
  • We manage and retain our personnel outside of a volume engineering HR infrastructure, providing long-term knowledge, captured from high calibre consulting personnel and ensuring continuity of service to our Clients at all times.
  • What sets SBS apart from other consultancies is its integration. Our team members work as a tightly co-ordinated unit, sharing data, managing risks and opportunities, and delivering ‘true value’ to our Clients quickly and cost effectively.

As a valued Client, you will benefit from:

  • Our independence – when you work with SBS, you will not find conflicts of interest from other equity partner/owners. We retain 100% of our equity. This allows us to focus on finding the right solutions to meet your needs, working with your teams throughout the project development/completion cycle.
  • Our integration – we help you to make the most of your development opportunities by using our connected expertise in marine, reservoir, subsea, flow assurance, facilities and operations management.
  • Our resources – our integrated, teamwork-based business model helps us attract and retain the best consultants and staff engineers in all of our specialist fields so we are able to consistently give you high-quality, best-in-class advice and service.
  • Our knowledge and experience – many of our team members are recognised industry leaders, ready to share their extensive knowledge and experience of the international energy industry through SBS with you and your staff.
  • Our customer focus – SBS is an owner-managed company. We take a sensitive, responsive approach to resolving our Clients’ needs and developing long-term relationships as we continue to build SBS as a world-class company and brand.

SBS Mission Statement:

For more than 28 years, the business case for SBS has been built on the quality of the projects it delivers, its professional staff and trusted partners.
We are able to quickly integrate with Client Teams, working together without conflict within clearly-defined frameworks, while continuing to strive for higher benchmarks in our development engineering standards.
These values are optimized by careful and robust implementation while we enthusiastically build the SBS brand beyond our Clients’ expectations and Staff aspirations. Our mission is to continue to provide best-in-class services to our valued Clients, protecting their interests at all times, while consistently delivering optimum and unbiased project solutions. – Michael J. Spencer
Group Chairman & CEO
SBS INTL LTD