New appointments at Arup and Petroplan strengthen gas, oil and renewable teams in Scotland

Kenny Dooley, Regional Director, Petroplan


Debbie Harper, Jacob Ahlqvist and Zoe Crutchfield have joined Arup’s Energy Consulting Team and will be based in the the firm’s Edinburgh and Glasgow offices. 

Zoe and Debbie join Arup as Associates in the firm’s planning group. Debbie is a Planner by discipline and brings with her 17 years’ experience, including work one of the largest onshore wind farms in Europe at Whitelee and the first Demonstration Tidal Array in the Sound of Islay.

Zoe has extensive experience marine environmental and consenting issues, which is coupled with her background in offshore oil and gas and renewables developments.

Jacob joins Arup as a senior consultant. He was part of the team that delivered the world’s first electricity to grid from offshore wave energy and has varied project experience, including engineering design, EPCI project delivery and first-hand knowledge of offshore operations. 

Clare Lavelle, Energy Consulting Leader, Scotland and North East England, Arup, commented: “I am pleased to welcome Debbie, Jacob and Zoe in to the team at Arup Our existing experience in the offshore oil and gas, marine renewables and interconnectors, coupled with their collective experience and in-depth knowledge of energy and offshore operations, provides us with a comprehensive oversight of energy issues in Scotland.”

Meanwhile, oil and gas recruiter Petroplan has more than trebled its workforce in Scotland over the last 12 months – despite the current market downturn.

The company is on track to achieve a 30% gross profit increase in 1Q2015, compared with the same period last year. Petroplan’s client base has increased by over 200% in Scotland and the company is currently servicing over 40 contracts in the region.

Kenny Dooley, Regional Director, Petroplan (pictured above) said: “As we move into our 10th year of operations in Scotland, our team is going from strength to strength. Our success in the Aberdeen market has enabled us to tap into Glasgow’s rich talent pool to service the growing demand for skilled personnel in the city’s burgeoning energy sector.

Petroplan has diversified its service by appointing industry experts to lead the candidate search for each of its core disciplines – commercial, drilling, engineering, IT and marine – and now has a team of 11 staff operating from Aberdeen and Glasgow.

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