The office in Baku will initially support the activities of key oil and gas operators with a particular initial focus on assets in and around the Caspian Sea. “Azerbaijan is looking to reduce reliance on oil and gas in both its economy and energy consumption,” said James Todd, who manages Atkins’ Baku team. “Our 5-10 year plan is to use our experience in all parts of the energy sector, including areas like offshore wind, as well as bringing in expertise from the wider Atkins Group in infrastructure, architecture and mass transit services, as we move forward in this region.”
Previously, Atkins’ engineering and design consultancy services in Azerbaijan had been carried out remotely from the UK.
Todd said: “Baku is the gateway to the Caspian Sea and as such, a presence here has the potential to open a lot of doors for Atkins in the future both in Azerbaijan and the wider central Asia region. We’re committed to helping our clients reduce costs, maximise production, minimise downtime and improve safety and environmental performance, in the face of ever-changing infrastructure and economic uncertainty.”