UTEC, a global survey company in subsea services group Acteon, appoints Bill Hickie as Business Unit Director of its Middle East and Caspian operations and announces the award of multiple geophysical survey contracts in Saudi Arabia in conjunction with it’s in Kingdom partner, Zamil Offshore.
Previously with UTEC in the role of Global Director of Business Development for the Eastern Hemisphere Bill has developed strong relationships in the region and provides continuity for UTEC’s clients as he moves into this new role. Bill has over 12 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, working internationally with companies including Ceona and Subsea 7.
The contracts which include multiple work-sites are for geophysical surveys in the Safiniyah, Marjan and Zuluf fields, offshore Saudi Arabia. UTEC will utilise the Zamil 51 offshore support vessel using a combination of multibeam and side scan sonar survey techniques. The projects will be executed out in January and February this year.
Stuart Cameron, UTEC Chief Executive Officer, said, “Having spent the past year with UTEC, Bill has been instrumental in driving business strategy and growth in the Middle East and these contract awards are a fantastic achievement and a great start to 2018.”
Bill Hickie, said, “Over the last two years we have been building our presence here in the Middle East in preparation for projects like this and have recently relocated to a new regional HQ in Abu Dhabi which supports all projects and operations in the region. During this time, we have taken our Middle East geophysical strategy from concept to reality and through our partnership with Zamil we are now executing geophysical surveys in the region.”