INTERNATIONAL oil and gas service group EnerMech has strengthened its operations in Australia with the appointment of two senior oil and gas industry professionals.

Craig Wilson and Phil Ellwood will join the EnerMech team, based in Perth. The key appointments come as the company predicts its headcount will increase from 350 to more than 500 in the next two years.

This is in part due to the demand being experienced in Australia, with EnerMech securing contracts worth an estimated A$800 million in the upcoming 12 months.

Mr Ellwood, who has in excess of 30 years industry knowledge, has been brought in as operations manager to oversee the expansion and consolidation of EnerMech’s on-the-ground operations at its eight Australian bases.

Mr Wilson, who has over 20 years of grassroots experience within the oil and gas industry, has been appointed to the role of senior business development manager.

He will be responsible for driving performance and ensuring the delivery of EnerMech’s services across Australia and its neighbouring regions.

The men were previously employed by APTS where they were integral to securing and servicing some of Australia’s largest LNG projects in recent years.

EnerMecha Australia general manager Niall Conlon said the company had recently secured important contracts with major energy companies.

“Significant investment in infrastructure and equipment to service those projects is being backed up by the recruitment of top level industry professionals and with Craig Wilson and Phil Ellwood on our team we can take EnerMech to the next level as a premium services provider to the Australian energy and construction industries,” he said.

EnerMech currently employs 2000 staff in 31 locations serving the international energy sector. Its seven business lines include Cranes and Lifting, Valves, Hydraulic products and services, Industrial Services, Process, Pipeline and Umbilicals (PPU), Equipment Rental and Training services.