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Penspen expand into Iraq

Penspen, a leading global provider of engineering and management services to the energy industry, has underlined its commitment to growth in the Middle East with three new appointments and investment in a new office in Iraq.

Ahmed Al-Dadah and Na’el Barghouthi have this month joined the company from other engineering providers, whilst Michael Simm, EVP of Engineering and Project Management, has been newly appointed to the role of Regional Director for Penspen’s Middle East business. A new Iraq office, located in Basra will expand Penspen’s geographical reach and become the fourth location in the region joining Abu Dhabi, Doha and Khafji.

Peter O’Sullivan, Chief Executive of Penspen said: “This is an exciting time for Penspen as we continue our substantial growth in the Middle East. I am confident Michael, Na’el and Ahmed will play a key role in strengthening our 300-strong team in the region. Their industry expertise and leadership skills will drive our strategic objectives to grow our engineering, project management, field development and asset integrity businesses. ”

Ahmed Al-Dadah has been appointed to the role of Business Development Director for E&PM. He joins the company from Amec Foster Wheeler, where he spent 12 years working in various project delivery and business development roles. His experience includes working in the successful execution of study, pre-FEED, FEED, EPC phases across both new build and modifications projects

Na’el Barghouthi joins Penspen as Director of Asset Integrity, Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. Na’el’s career spans over 15 years working in the oil and gas industry with experience in management, offshore engineering and integrity. He has previously worked for Wood Group Kenny, GE Oil & Gas, Al Shaheen Holding Joint Venture, and Occidental Petroleum of Qatar.

Regional Director of the Middle East, Michael Simm, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Ahmed and Na’el to the team. Their skills and experience in delivering key services that our clients require in today’s lower-oil price economy will be of great value in further expanding our Middle East presence.”

About Penspen
Penspen has been providing engineering, project management, asset management and integrity services to the oil and gas industry worldwide for over 60 years. Originally founded in the UK in 1954 as Spencer & Partners, the company has now grown to include over 1,000 engineers with major offices in London, Aberdeen, Houston, Abu Dhabi, and Bangkok.

During its history, Penspen has undertaken over 10,000 projects, addressing a wide range of challenges from the economic evaluation of pipelines to complex integrated facilities design. Our heritage is onshore pipeline engineering, in which we have been involved in major pipeline projects around the world. However we have expanded to provide the full scope of engineering services for the life cycle of an asset. We have also developed an extensive range of training services covering engineering design, integrity, and operations and maintenance, for energy assets.

About Penspen Training Services

Penspen delivers training courses worldwide in onshore and offshore engineering, asset management and asset integrity and have trained more than 4000 people in its key business sectors. Support to the Universities of Newcastle and Northumbria in the delivery of the highly recognized Penspen developed MSc In pipeline Integrity will continue to be delivered from the new office. In addition further training courses are in the process of being developed with Newcastle Energy Academy bringing further recognition to the region as a centre of excellence for Oil & Gas, plus renewables.
The office will also support offshore decommissioning and maintenance activities worldwide.

More info: www.penspen.com