International oil and gas services group EnerMech is looking to boost its Australian operation by 150 employees over the next 24 months after securing a further $80 million of contract work in the country.
The firm employs 2,000 staff in 31 locations around the world, but the new work means its Australian headcount will increase from 350 to more than 500 employees by summer 2016.
EnerMech also announced the appointment of two senior oil and gas industry professionals to its Australian operation. Phil Ellwood, who has more than 30 years' experience in the industry, has been brought in as operations manager to oversee the expansion and consolidation of EnerMech's on-the-ground operations at its eight Australian sites.
Craig Wilson, who has worked in the industry for more than 20 years, has been appointed senior business development manager.
Both Wilson and Ellwood, who are based at EnerMech's Perth office, were previously employed by APTS, where they worked on some of Australia's largest LNG projects in recent years.
EnerMech General Manager for Australia Niall Conlon commented in a company statement:
"We have secured strategically important contracts with major energy companies who value the efficiencies we bring to their business.
"Significant investment in infrastructure and equipment to service those projects is being backed up by the recruitment of top level industry professionals and with Craig Wilson and Phil Ellwood on our team we can take EnerMech to the next level as a premium services provider to the Australian energy and construction industries."
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