MRDS expands into the Middle East with the appointment of MENA Director

Source: press release, 10 November 2020

Colin Whyte, MRDS Director for the Middle East and North Africa – MENA
Colin Whyte, MRDS Director for the Middle East and North Africa – MENA (photo: MRDS)

Aberdeen drilling services firm, MRDS, has recently appointed a Director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) as part of its growth plans in the region.

MRDS, which specialises in project management, inspection, repair and overhaul of oilfield drilling equipment, has appointed Colin Whyte as Director for the MENA region.

Having worked in the region for almost 15 years, Whyte brings a strong track record having held managerial positions with NOV, Weatherford and Seadrill.

MRDS has experienced strong growth in the last few months following its acquisition by investment firm Garrick Group and with the introduction of an Asset Integrity division last month, this Middle East appointment subsequently complements the company’s growth.

MRDS Director for MENA, Colin Whyte, says, “I am excited to begin work for MRDs in the region, the future will be bright for the company and I expect that the business will expand rapidly. Having worked on different sides of the industry and in the region for almost 15 years I have been able to build an extensive network of contacts and possess a good understanding of the industry locally.”

MRDS Managing Director, Ian McGillivray, says, “Having already successfully worked in the Middle East it was a natural progression to maintain our growth in the area with the appointment of a regional director. We have continued to provide a great service to our clients in the area so with our track record and Colin’s network I am confident that we will be able to continue this service.”

The introduction of the new service will build on the company’s existing track record in the UAE, Europe, Norway and Africa. The company has a growth strategy to increase its presence globally and to establish its presence in new markets including renewables and decommissioning.