EnerMech’s focus on strengthening its Middle East and Caspian business has been underlined with the appointment of oil and gas industry veteran Dave McLeod as Regional Director.
The mechanical engineering group has an extensive presence in the region with more than 250 staff working from bases in Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Dubai, Iraq, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, and on a joint venture in Saudi Arabia.
The Aberdeen company’s largest crane maintenance contract, which is managed from Baku and covers all of BP Exploration’s Caspian Sea assets, was recently extended for another two years.
During a 30 year career with the oil services group Halliburton, Dave McLeod held senior positions in the UK, USA, Gabon, Nigeria, Kuala Lumpur, and Australasia. He was latterly the senior director in charge of all of Halliburton’s global quality systems and quality strategy.
He has diverse oilfield experience across engineering, business development, operations management and technology and a proven track record in building sustainable businesses.
EnerMech chief executive officer, Doug Duguid, said: “The Middle East and Caspian regions are very important in term of future growth for the company and we will focus our efforts on extending our footprint with a combination of investment, organic growth and acquisitions.
“To achieve that we need high calibre people like Dave McLeod who has years of international experience in the oil and gas industry and who can make the best of the investment we have made in terms of infrastructure and people in these regions. His background in operations, quality strategy and business development will play a big part in reinforcing our existing relationships and winning new business.”
Dave McLeod, who will be based in Abu Dhabi added: “EnerMech has, in a short space of time, built up a solid international reputation and become a formidable force within the industry. I am looking forward to playing my part in the ongoing success of a business which has shaken up the market and has great potential to grow further.”
EnerMech provides mechanical engineering services, including cranes and lifting; valves, hydraulics, process, pipeline and umbilicals, industrial services, equipment rental and training services. The company employs more than 2200 staff in 18 countries and is forecasting 2014 revenues will grow by £80 million to £280 million.
The company recently acquired US-based cranes and lifting business Diversified Oil Field Services Inc and valve specialist Control Valve Technology in South Africa, further extending its international presence in two important sectors.