i-Tech 7 Appoints new Asia Pacific Director i-Tech 7, Subsea 7’s Life of Field business unit, has appointed a new regional director to help strengthen and grow its life of field business in the Asia-Pacific region. Simon Hird has more than 40 years’ experience in the subsea oil and gas industry and has worked for several major contractors in the construction and life of field sectors. He joins i-Tech 7 from UTEC Survey where he was business unit director responsible for managing activity in the Asia-Pacific region. Mr Hird, who will be based in the company’s Perth office, said: “i-Tech 7 has a strong reputation as a progressive and pioneering subsea life of field partner and I am delighted to be joining the company at such an exciting stage in its development. The Asia Pacific region is seeing a steady recovery and I look forward to working closely with i-Tech 7’s region team to help position the company as the go-to partner for all our clients’ life of field challenges.”
Simon Hird, i-Tech 7’s Asia-Pacific director
Neil Milne, i-Tech 7’s Vice President, said: “Simon’s wealth of knowledge and experience in the subsea sector, as well as his extensive local network, will be a valuable asset to i-Tech 7. Simon will play a vital role in our strategic vision for Asia Pacific as we continue to strengthen our operations and presence in the region over the coming years.”
Mr Hird spent the majority of his career in the North Sea before moving to Perth in 2008.
Group Operations Manager Joins SUT Middle East Committee The group operations manager of energy equipment manufacturer and service provider Flowline Specialists has joined the committee of a newly formed branch of the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT). Graeme Chalmers, who is based in Dubai, is one of the founding committee members of the SUT’s Middle East branch, which was launched in early 2019 to meet local demand. The branch extends the global reach of the international society, providing a focal point for SUT members in the region and creating a platform for all those with an interest in the area of underwater technology. The 18-strong committee, made up of subsea industry professionals who are based in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, is planning a series of events for the year ahead which aim to fulfil the needs of members across the Middle East.
A multidisciplinary learned society, the SUT brings together organisations and individuals with a common interest in underwater technology, ocean science and offshore engineering. Membership is drawn from a broad base and includes engineers, scientists, industry professionals and students. The Middle East branch’s first events were held in April and were well attended. Both focused on new subsea technology for field life extension and also covered the evolution of subsea technology from diving bells to ROVs, the challenges of subsea asset integrity and new subsea technology.
Commenting on the SUT new branch, Graeme said:
“There’s a diverse network of subsea and underwater engineering related businesses in the Middle East, with many bringing their diverse expertise from other oil and gas regions. Establishing the local branch of the SUT allows these like-minded individuals and businesses to come together and share knowledge with one another and provide insight to the wider supply chain.”
Graeme Chalmers, group operations manager, Flowline Specialists DMCC
Subsea UK News | June 2019