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Wood Group expands automation business in Asian markets

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Wood Group is continuing to expand its Automation and Control business, establishing dedicated automation capabilities at Wood Group Mustang's Kuala Lumpur office to serve the Asia Pacific market.

With this entry into the Asia Pacific markets, Wood Group Mustang's Automation and Control business will focus on projects in the energy (offshore and onshore production, petrochemical, chemical, and refining), power and manufacturing industries. Services will include specialty automation consulting, control and instrument modernisations, greenfield main automation contractor projects, and electrical upgrades.

Speciality automation consultancy services will include:

  • Functional safety
  • Alarm management
  • Fire and gas system life cycle management
  • Fire & gas mapping studies
  • Cyber security management
  • Fire & gas coverage studies
  • Control & safety systems (reliability & availability)
  • Training
  • "The expansion of our automation and control capability into the Kuala Lumpur office allows us to further enhance our regional delivery model by providing a strong technical execution base in Malaysia," stated Mark House, president, Wood Group Mustang Automation and Control. "With the ability to provide services ranging from functional safety consulting through to main automation contracting, we can now provide a broader offering to our clients."

    The Kuala Lumpur team is being led by Harry Bennett and Rahul Gupta, who recently joined the Wood Group Mustang team and bring a wealth of experience in automation and consulting services to their new positions.

    Automation & Control Manager Harry Bennett brings more than 30 years of experience in offshore and onshore automation, instrumentation, and telecommunications engineering to his new role. His experience covers all aspects of automation and instrumentation across a range of industries.

    Technical Authority - Automation & Control Rahul Gupta is a certified functional safety expert and industrial automation and control systems cyber security specialist for control and safety systems. During his more than 25 years in the oil & gas industry, Rahul has specialised in offshore production platforms and FPSOs, onshore processing refineries, LNG facilities, and chemical plants.

    With the establishment of automation capabilities in Kuala Lumpur, Wood Group Mustang's Automation and Control business unit now supports clients globally from 12 countries. It recently also entered the UK manufacturing automation market, most notably for the automotive industry, with the acquisition of Automated Technology Group in September 2015.

    Adapted from a press release by Louise Mulhall

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