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Atkins targets Middle East power sector

16 Sep 14 Atkins has appointed Phil Malem as managing director of its power business, with a particular focus on the Middle East.

Phil Malem
Phil Malem

Malem, who will be based in Abu Dhabi, has previously been strategy director and deputy MD of Atkins’ nuclear business.

Malem will be in charge of leading the growth and direction of the power business worldwide in line with Atkins’ strategic aim to expand its energy capability. The business, whose  key markets are the UK and Middle East, currently provides infrastructure engineering support services for conventional generation, transmission and distribution, marine renewables, biomass and energy from waste.

Atkins’ energy business employs over 1,500 people based in offices throughout the UK and Europe, Asia Pacific, North America and the Middle East. The business operates across the power, oil and gas, and nuclear sectors with a revenue of £170m in 2013.

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Malem said: “The Middle East is a particularly important region for us with lots of opportunities for innovative work, and I am looking forward to taking on this role at such an exciting time for the business. Our experience in the power generation sector in the UK will bring added value to clients in the Middle East and Atkins has a deep understanding of the particular challenges that face the power sector in this region, from grid integration of renewables to building a nuclear industry. I’m also eager to expand what Power does in the UK and the rest of the markets in which Atkins operates.”

Martin Grant, CEO of Atkins’ energy business, said: “I am delighted that Phil has chosen to take up this role. His knowledge and understanding of clients’ needs in the Middle East as well as the UK means that he will be able to steer the expansion of our Power business and position us as the lead international energy consultancy.”

Energy is a key sector focus area and it is seen as a driving force of growth within Atkins. Significant projects that the Atkins team is working on include the UAE’s nuclear new-build programme, offshore substation design for offshore wind farms in the UK, extending the life of operational oil and gas platforms in the UK North Sea and as architect engineer on ITER, the world’s largest fusion reactor.

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