MacDonald Energy Sets Up Shop in Australia, Across the Americas

Montrose-based MacDonald Energy has expanded its manpower and internationalization business into Australia and across the Americas having launched offices in Perth, Rio de Janeiro and Houston.

The new offices are expected to generate in excess of $1million of additional work for the firm in the first 12 months.

MacDonald Energy has entered into a joint venture with Brazilian-based oil and gas consulting business Urca-RJ-Consultants to deliver its services across South America from offices in Rio de Janeiro. Together, the firms have also launched an office in Houston and have started to recruit staff to fill 5 new positions across both locations.

Jim Macdonald managing director of MacDonald Energy said, "The supply of manpower to the drilling sector has been a core element of our business for many years. The decision to expand our operations internationally was based on feedback from our customers who view South America in particular as a very important region for the future.

"Our focus is on matching the relevant candidate to our clients' business, considering more than just qualifications and experience and selecting candidates who we know shall fit with the culture and expectations of our customers."

The Rio office will be head up by Frank Williams, senior oil and gas consultant with Urca, while the office in Houston will be run by Cristina Hopkins. Mr MacDonald will oversee activity across all regions from the company’s headquarters in Montrose, Scotland.

Williams said, "We are very excited to be working with MacDonald Energy. The company has an excellent reputation within the industry and by working together I hope we will deliver an excellent service to existing and new clients."

In the UK, MacDonald Energy recently appointed Sandy Robertson as operations manager responsible for the supply of well services personnel to the oil and gas industry.

"The North Sea is as always a major part of MacDonald Energy business but with the changes in the marketplace, the Middle East, Australia and South America are our current areas of development ," MacDonald continued.