MOTT MACDONALD has strengthened its position in India with the acquisition of local firm Dalal Consultants & Engineers.
Dalal has been working with Mott for three years on projects in India and the Middle East.
Dalal employs around 750 professional staff and operates from a network of offices throughout India.
The firm has specialised in infrastructure, industry and social sector development. As part of Mott MacDonald it will offer a full range of consultancy services and according to Mott MacDonald chief executive Tim Thirlwall, will rank as the third or fourth largest consultancy in India.
Mott MacDonald has a number of contracts in India including the Delhi Metro and the Rajghat Canal project. Some Dalal engineers are likely to be seconded to Mott's Abu Dhabi office where their skills in the oil and gas sector will be used on the design of a gas gathering scheme for Shell in Nigeria.
Thirlwall said the acquisition is 'strategic in terms of the subcontinent' and will act as a major hub for work in that area.
Earlier this year the firm took over US consultant Killam. The acquisition of Dalal is a further move by Mott to become a truly global consultancy.