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UTEC appoints Business Unit Director for Middle East and Caspian operations

UTEC, a global survey company in subsea services group Acteon, has appointed Bill Hickie as Business Unit Director of its Middle East and Caspian operations. The company has also been awarded multiple geophysical survey contracts in Saudi Arabia in conjunction with its local partner, Zamil Offshore.

Hickie was previously UTEC’s Global Director of Business Development for the Eastern Hemisphere and has also worked for companies including Ceona and Subsea 7.

The contracts, which include multiple work-sites, are for geophysical surveys in the Safiniyah, Marjan and Zuluf fields, offshore Saudi Arabia. UTEC will deploy the Zamil 51 offshore support vessel, using a combination of multibeam and side scan sonar survey techniques. The projects will be undertaken in January and February this year.

Stuart Cameron, UTEC CEO, said: “Having spent the past year with UTEC, Bill has been instrumental in driving business strategy and growth in the Middle East and these contract awards are a fantastic achievement and a great start to 2018.”

Hickie said: “Over the last two years we have been building our presence here in the Middle East in preparation for projects like this, and have recently relocated to a new regional HQ in Abu Dhabi which supports all projects and operations in the region. During this time, we have taken our Middle East geophysical strategy from concept to reality and through our partnership with Zamil we are now executing geophysical surveys in the region.”

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