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Sat 23 Jun 2012 03:17 PM

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UK's Costain looks for Middle East expansion

Engineering group appoints new regional chief to target further growth

UK's Costain looks for Middle East expansion
GCC construction, Middle East construction

UK-based engineering group Costain, which built Dubai International Airport, is looking to expand its operations in the Middle East.

The company, which has already has a footing in Abu Dhabi, has appointed Tim Bowen target further growth in the region.

Bowen has been appointed to its executive board as regional development director with responsibility for the further development of Costain’s consultancy and operations and maintenance services in the Middle East.

Bowen, formerly highways director, joined Costain from Atkins in 2005 and has been instrumental in developing Costain’s market leading highways activity, Costain said in a statement. 

The statement said: "Costain has a well established operation in Abu Dhabi, focused on the oil and gas market. Tim will be expanding Costain’s offering in line with the company strategy."

His role will also include developing new opportunities in the rail, water and highways sectors in the region, the statement added.

Andrew Wyllie, Costain Group chief executive, said: “Tim Bowen will now take responsibility for implementing strategy in the Middle East and ensuring our customers there receive the same broad scope of service which we offer in the UK markets.”

Costain, listed on the London Stock Exchange with head offices in Maidenhead, employs about 3,000 people.

As well as the Dubai International Airport contract, Costain's jobs in the region have also included dredging 107 million cubic metres of sand and rock for the £500m Mina Jebel Ali port, building Port Rashid in Dubai as part of a joint venture and constructing an army camp for the Oman's Armoured Regiment.

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