EnerMech aims to double African revenues to £50m

Aberdeen-based engineering services company EnerMech has appointed a new regional director for Africa, where it plans to double revenues to more than £50m over the next three years.

Salvatore Cutino has joined the business from Welsh global engineering group Harris Pye , where he was international business development manager based in Houston, USA.

EnerMech has 3,000 staff and provides a range of asset support services to the international energy and infrastructure sectors, including cranes and lifting, electrical and instrumentation, equipment rental, pipeline and maintenance services.

Alongside its Aberdeen headquarters, it has 38 international bases including Mexico, Abu Dhabi, Iraq, Qatar, Norway, the US, China, South Africa and India.

“Africa is a strategically significant region to EnerMech’s future expansion plans and forms an important strand in taking our business to the next level,” said EnerMech chief executive, Doug Duguid.

“We have a first-rate reputation for delivering process and pipeline, cranes and lifting and valve services in Africa and we believe we can replicate this success by expanding our other main service lines, including industrial services, hydraulics and electrical and instrumentation, which will be of value to major infrastructure, construction and industrial projects across the sub-continent.”

EnerMech employs more than 150 staff in Africa and has a presence in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Northern Cape in South Africa, Angola, Nigeria and Ghana. With further investment planned to expand EnerMech’s capabilities in the mining, power and petrochemical markets and to create a joint venture in Mozambique, the company expects its African regional revenues to double over the next three years to more than £50m.

Cutino succeeds Steve Ord, who will relocate to the United Arab Emirates to become EnerMech’s general manager for its operations in UAE and Saudi Arabia. Ord has extensive operational experience in the Middle East and was based in the region before taking up EnerMech’s most senior role in Africa in 2015.

“I am looking forward to taking up where Steve Ord has left off and to using my extensive experience of working across Africa on major industrial projects to add to EnerMech’s success story,” Cutino said.

EnerMech entered the Africa market in 2012 delivering pipeline services on deepwater projects offshore of West Africa. It then expanded with the acquisition of Water Weights International in South Africa, and the trade and assets of valve supply and service company Control Valve Technologies.

The company extended its geographic footprint by establishing joint ventures with local partners in Ghana, Nigeria and Angola, which has presented numerous offshore and onshore opportunities.

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