Well engineering firm bolsters team as business grows globally

From left – Paddy O’Donnell and Martin Booth

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An Aberdeen headquartered well engineering and project management firm has started to build its team as work continues to grow in global markets.

Zenith Energy, based in the city’s Bon Accord Square with a second office in Australia, has made five key appointments to support contract delivery in Australia, Morocco and the UK.

The company provides specialist expertise for the complete well life cycle from the conceptual design phases through to field development planning, well operations, well intervention and well abandonments.  

Paddy O’Donnell, a former Sunderland United footballer, has joined the Zenith team as business development manager and brings 28 years of oil and gas industry expertise to his new role. He has spent a large part of his career working onshore and offshore for a range of oilfield service companies in the UK and internationally before moving into sales.

He said: “Zenith is an independent, dynamic, ambitious forward-thinking company and with a broad remit to develop our global footprint as an established well engineering and well project management service company, I relish the challenge of utilising my international network of contacts and relationships.

“As our industry recovers, there is more positivity within the community and this is always a good indicator of busier times ahead for the industry.  Zenith has done a great job to stabalise the company over the downturn and everything is in place to move the business to the next level.”

In recent years, Zenith has focussed on growth in other markets but the company is seeing some signs of recovery in the UKCS.

As part of the recent recruitment drive, Zenith has also welcomed Senior Drilling Engineer, Warwick Sanderson, Drilling Engineer, Tom McIntyre, and QHSE Advisor, Mel Harvey. 

Managing director, Martin Booth, said: “Paddy has worked specifically in the well project management sector, so he knows the business and he has superb contacts out with our current client base.  

“With an increase in growth and increase in level of projects the current management team has been focussed on looking after the business and overseeing project delivery.  We have experience in West Africa, Morocco and Egypt, and a presence in the Middle East, so we are looking at global business development but with a focus on targeted areas.  Paddy has a strong network which will support our growth strategy and potentially introduce us into new markets.”

Launched in 2002, Zenith currently has 12 staff based in Aberdeen’s Bon Accord Square and 2 at its office in Australia. In recent years, Zenith expanded its client base and successfully completed work in the UK, Egypt, Italy and Equatorial Guinea and currently works with over 40 clients in 21 countries


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