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EnerMech appoints new regional director for Africa

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EnerMech has appointed Salvatore Cutino as regional director for Africa as it looks to double revenues in the region to more than £50 million over the next three years.

Cutino has joined the Aberdeen-headquartered global integrated engineering services specialist from Harris Pye Engineering group, where he was international business development manager based in Houston, USA.

He will be based in Cape Town and has more than 40 years’ experience in marine and offshore services, mechanical engineering and project management.

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

The company 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 within 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 £50 million.

After market entry in 2012 and the delivery of pipeline services on deepwater projects offshore West Africa, the company expanded with the acquisition of Water Weights International in South Africa, which was followed with the acquisition of 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.

EnerMech CEO, Doug Duguid, said: “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.

“I am delighted we have appointed Salvatore Cutino who has the business acumen and industry track-record to fulfil our ambitions in Africa and he and his team will benefit from the excellent template established by Steve Ord during his three-year tenure.

“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.”

Cutino added: “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.”

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