Next Geosolutions Boosts Middle East Presence
Next Geosolutions is set to increase its international credentials in the Arabian Gulf, with a seven figure investment. The independent geoscience and engineering service provider has launched a new multi purpose-built operational facility in the Hamriyah Free Zone of Sharjah (UAE), and a supporting business development and marketing office in Dubai.
With operations due to commence in December, the new 400 sq.mt facility will boost the continued international growth of the company, leading to the recruitment of five key team members to expand its activities in the region.
Ennio Lucidi has been appointed as Next Geosolutions’ Middle East general manager. With more than 35 years’ experience in the marine and offshore oil and gas sectors, Mr Lucidi has held a number of senior positions, leading and negotiating on multimillion dollar contracts.
Commenting on his appointment Mr Lucidi said: “I am delighted to be part of Next Geosolutions’ strong commitment and development into this new market, at both a challenging and stimulating time. In addition to its state of the art solutions, I believe my skills will contribute for a sustainable and profitable growth in the region.”
Giovanni Ranieri, Next Geosolutions’ chief executive officer, said: “In order to meet the growing needs of our global clients, it has become essential to expand our international operations. The Middle East is a key focus for our services and by investing in the new bases, we open up significant opportunities within different areas of intervention. These include: surveys; ROV and diving; inspection repair and maintenance and non-destructive testing; geophysical, geotechnical and marine services.”
As well as enabling the company to conduct further complex air diving inspection, repair and maintenance projects throughout the Arabian Gulf, the new premises will provide Next Geosolutions’ growing Middle East client base with a consistent on-the-ground service.
“Having the right assets and a qualified team in the region is the key to meeting the increasing clients’ demands for our company’s expertise and to further expanding our targets. In addition to the initial five employees, we are hoping to recruit further members of staff in the next 12 months, based on potential opportunities.
“Our base in the UK and headquarters in Italy provide a solid foundation and excellent platform from which to leverage our move into the Middle East. This is an exciting new venture for our business, and a huge amount of work has gone into this, in order to further enhance our ambitious growth plans”, concluded Mr Ranieri.