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Brit firm scoops Abu Dhabi cooling contract

Engineering outfit to assist with 80,000 t Al Sowwah plant

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By Gerhard Hope

A team of Teesside consulting engineers has clinched a major contract in the Middle East.

Simpson Coulson & Lees, based in Billingham, has secured a key contract to provide technical expertise on an 80 000 t district cooling plant on Al Sowwah Island in Abu Dhabi.

The project will supply cooling to more than 95 000 mixed-use units on the island. “The project is already under way, and we need to recruit around 20 staff to work on the contract in Abu Dhabi,” reported partner Trevor Arnold.

The company is also in the running to work on a luxury Rosewood Hotel project in Abu Dhabi. Opening in early 2012, Rosewood Abu Dhabi will be located on Al Sowwah Island. “Our order book for the next nine months is strong,” added Arnold. “We are aiming to hit £2m in turnover next year.”

Simpson Coulson & Lees’ origins date back to 1965 when the company was started by former ICI engineers Dick Simpson and Bob Coulson. The company was bought by Lees in 2002. Earlier this year Arnold, former MD of engineering firm K Home International, joined the business as a partner.
 

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