KBC Advanced Technologies announced Monday that it is
immediately expanding its business in the Middle East and
The company says it has assisted major national and
international oil companies for many decades through its
expert consultants and process simulation software, and is
now undertaking a "major growth program" to expand the
As such, KBC chairman Ian Godden is relocating to Abu Dhabi,
UAE, to oversee the expansion
Additionally, a new partner, Andy Sakka, has joined KBC to
"build a much stronger consulting and software presence" in
"Our clients already include most of the major national oil
and gas companies [in the Middle East and North Africa], but
a significant increase in high-quality specialists in the
region, both locally and internationally trained, will allow
us to grow substantially," said Sakka. "This region contains
seven of the top 20 worldwide oil and gas companies and our
mission is to assist these clients to become world-class in
every aspect of their operations.
strategy involves the
creation of a joint venture with a world-leading Middle East
company in upstream, investment in the UAE, continuation of
business in Oman, the appointment of agents in Kuwait,
increased resources for Qatar and a further focus on business
in Iraq and Libya as conditions allow.
Furthermore, some of KBC's oil and gas leaders are also being
transferred to the region, such as Mark Avis, a senior
professional in KBC's mergers, acquisitions and commercial
practice business in London.
"I look forward to developing our team here," said Avis, who
has already worked for a number of years in Kuwait.
"Our expertise covers all aspects of profit improvement in
upstream, midstream and downstream assets using skills in
yield, energy efficiency, reliability
effectiveness, and expert advice during strategic
investments," he added. "We are underpinned by world-leading
, such as our own
process simulation whole-plant models for
upstream production, downstream refineries and petrochemical
KBC is headquartered in London and has 17 offices worldwide,
including major oil and gas hubs such as Houston, Denver,
Calgary, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing and now the UAE.
"I am pleased to be part of a growing company in this
region," said Azhari Daafala, a consultant based in Bahrain
with KBC. "I gained my experience in a number of the region's
refineries and upstream production units and KBC has enabled
me to work on a variety of operational programs, being
focused currently on major energy efficiency improvements."