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Atkins targets Middle East energy sector with new appointment

Atkins has appointed a new managing director for its power business as part of plans to expand its energy capability, with a particular focus in the Middle East.

Phil Malem, who will be based in Abu Dhabi, previously worked for Atkins’ nuclear business as strategy director and deputy managing director.

He now takes charge of Atkins’ worldwide power business, for which the key markets are the UK and Middle East.

The business currently provides high end 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.

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.

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.”

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