Wood Group acquires Benchmark Global

A subsidiary of John Wood Group has acquired Benchmark Global.

Offshore staff

ADELAIDE, Australia -- A subsidiary of John Wood Group has acquired Benchmark Global, the Australian-registered parent company owning the Marine & Offshore Group, a provider of safety and emergency response training services to the international offshore, maritime, and mining industries (M&O).

M&O is currently active in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Kazakhstan, and Nigeria and is in the process of setting up operations in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt.

M&O will retain its trading names and continue to be led by Rick Parish, chief executive & MD. M&O employs approximately 200 personnel and will operate within Wood Group's engineering and production facilities division.

"The acquisition of M&O will expand our provision of safety training to oil & gas clients around the world," says Les Thomas, group director responsible for Wood Group's production facilities activities.

"M&O has an excellent track record of supporting the needs of major clients from its nine current training facilities and can offer a rapid response to emerging needs utilizing its OPITO approved mobile training centers. We see their services as complementary to and supportive of our international expansion plans."

08/21/2008

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