SOUTH African-owned engineering and project services company Clough has acquired a UK-based engineering and controls business to complement its new engineering centre in Glasgow.

Based in Ayrshire, Scotland, engineering services company Booth Welsh specialises in the provision of electrical, instrumentation and automation design, process consultancy, project management, implementation and commissioning services.

The company employs around 250 personnel, the majority qualified engineers and designers, working in the oil and gas, life sciences, petrochemical, chemicals, nuclear, utilities and food and beverage industries.

Clough’s CEO and managing director Kevin Gallagher said the acquisition, worth about £9 million, brought complementary skills to the company and significantly strengthened its service offering to clients.

“Booth Welsh will become a centre for highly specialised electrical, instrumentation and automation design,” he said.

“The Company’s controls and asset management capability will enhance Clough’s operations and maintenance services, while their specialisation in control system design will assist the CloughCoens commissioning business in Korea with design, delivery and commissioning activities.”

Booth Welsh’s managing director Martin Welsh said he was looking forward to the opportunities this transaction would bring.

“As part of Clough, Booth Welsh will access larger scopes of work in our current market sectors, while expanding our Oil & Gas business globally,” he said.

“We will draw on Clough’s strong engineering and project management capabilities to provide a comprehensive suite of engineering and design services to our clients.”

Clough was based in Australia before it was taken over by engineering and construction services company Murray & Roberts last year.