Aberdeen energy service firm wins exporter prize

L-R: Shengke Zhi (business development manager for nuclear) and Alex Haynes (senior vice president for business development) from Wood.
L-R: Shengke Zhi (business development manager for nuclear) and Alex Haynes (senior vice president for business development) from Wood.

Energy service giant Wood has won an award for its commitnent to exporting engineering expertise to China.

The Aberdeen-based company was named Scottish exporter of the year at the China-Scotland Business Awards in Edinburgh.

Organised by the China-Britain Business Council, the awards recognise innovation and export successes among Scottish firms doing business in China, and the role they play in encouraging other firms to seize opportunities in the Far East.

The winners were announced at the Chinese Burns Supper 2019 in the Waldorf Astoria hotel.

Wood chief executive Robin Watson said: “Wood’s history in China can be dated back to the early 1930s. This award recognises not only our business success to date, but our commitment to expanding our portfolio in the region in future.

“Wood provides full asset, life cycle services in the refinery, petrochemicals, chemicals and power industries in China, utilising our global infrastructure and engineering expertise to leverage our business in the local energy market and beyond.”

Wood, which employs about 60,000 people across operations in more than 60 countries, has worked on a string of projects in partnership with Chinese businesses.

It is currently working with China General Nuclear Power Corporation, which aims to build a Chinese-designed reactor at Bradwell, Essex, in a joint venture with EDF Energy.

In petrochemicals, Wood has managed four coal chemicals projects in China during the past decade.

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