Wood Group Acquires Woodhill Engineering Consultants

John Wood Group has expanded its Eastern Hemisphere engineering base in London. Subsidiary Mustang Engineering, the leading offshore engineering design house in Houston, has opened a new office in London as part of its global expansion strategy. Tony Cruddas has been appointed the Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for developing Mustang's engineering and project management services in Upstream, Midstream and Downstream into Europe, Africa, Middle East and the Former Soviet Union.

Wood Group has acquired Woodhill Engineering Consultants to enhance its London-based engineering capability. Woodhill provides a wide range of engineering consultancy services to clients in the Eastern Hemisphere oil & gas industry. Frontier Engineering, Wood Group's facilities consultancy company in the UK, will be integrated with Woodhill, as Woodhill Frontier, under the direction of Bill Hobbs, the former owner of Woodhill, who will report to Tony Cruddas. Woodhill Frontier will expand their capability in facilities and safety consultancy, and in concept definition and FEED for small field developments, and will provide a resource base to support the Mustang operation.

'A key medium-term strategic focus is to continue to globalize Wood Group's engineering activities,' said Trevor Noble, Board Director responsible for the Group's engineering activities. 'In order to target important growth regions in the Eastern Hemisphere, we are enhancing our London-based capability. We will achieve this by building on Mustang's expertise and reputation, and the capability and service offering of our London-based operations, including Woodhill'.

'The move to establish a Mustang European office is in response to customer demand and we will be providing unique and cost effective solutions to them in the Eastern Hemisphere,' said Tony Cruddas. 'We are looking forward to the challenge of translating Mustang's great success in the Americas into achieving leading positions in our key areas of Upstream, Midstream and Downstream engineering within the important markets of Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Former Soviet Union. We are also pleased to welcome Woodhill into the Group and will be looking to expand their current service offering'.