Petrotechnics Expands into the Middle East with a New Office and Appointment in Saudi Arabia


26 July 2011

Petrotechnics, the global leader in providing frontline work execution solutions to the oil and gas sector, has announced the opening of a new office in Saudi Arabia. The move is a significant milestone in the company’s growth and will allow it to significantly build its business in the region.

Petrotechnics’ integrated safe system of work solution has already been deployed and is operational at multiple sites in the Gulf, across one of the world’s largest complexes of offshore platforms for a US major based in Qatar.

Sentinel PRO® provides an effective solution to the challenges in the unstructured and dynamic nature of managing operations, maintenance and associated activity in the hazardous process industries. It manages frontline work execution by providing an operational structure for rules, procedures and processes, linking permits to work with the risk assessment and isolation management processes. This creates a fully integrated control of work system that records frontline work execution data.

The system allows operators to work more efficiently, incorporating clear process flows for request and approval of work, a direct link to relevant operating procedures, readily-accessible archives of previous work (including lessons learned) and area, site and plant-level overview of all controlled work by approval stage, location, time, type and risk level.

The opening of the new regional office in Al-Khobar will provide the foundation on which Petrotechnics plans to expand its presence in the Middle East. The new office will allow leading organisations in asset-intensive industries to better benefit from Petrotechnics’ market leading work execution solutions to improve their frontline operational risk management and operational efficiency and optimisation. The company will operate directly in the Saudi market as a registered, wholly owned foreign investor.

Zaid AlShaddadi has been appointed to head up the new office. He takes on the role of territory manager and will be responsible for driving Petrotechnics operations, growth, and profitability throughout the Middle East region.

Mr AlShaddadi has more than ten years experience of enabling asset-intensive industries, including oil and gas, petrochemicals, telecom and aviation, to adopt IT solutions. These include complex IT business applications and enterprise platform technologies.

Prior to joining Petrotechnics, Mr AlShaddadi spent six years working in a variety of business development positions with Oracle Corporation, a provider of the world’s most complete, open and integrated business software and hardware systems.

Executive vice president, Iain Mackay, said: “The Middle East offers a highly promising market and well-developed supporting infrastructure. We have already undertaken a number of contracts in the region but there is tremendous scope for us to do more. The opening of the new office is part of our aggressive growth strategy to scale our presence worldwide and will enable us to provide focused, scalable and efficient in-region management, support and solutions to current and prospective customers.”

Of his appointment, Mr AlShaddadi said: “I am excited to be joining Petrotechnics as it enters a period of growth. I have spent many years working with companies to provide specialist IT solutions and look forward to working with the team of industry respected experts at Petrotechnics.”

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