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Clough acquires UK Engineering and Controls Business

05 September 2014

Johannesburg, 05 September 2014 – Engineering and project services company Clough Limited today announced the acquisition of Booth Welsh, a privately owned engineering services company headquartered in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Booth Welsh specialises in the provision of electrical, instrumentation and automation design, process consultancy, project management, implementation and commissioning services.  Established in 1989 by John Welsh, the company employ around 250 personnel, with the majority of the workforce comprising qualified engineers and designers.  Booth Welsh services clients in the Oil & Gas, Life Sciences, Petrochemical, Chemicals, Nuclear, Utilities, and Food & Beverage industries.

The acquisition follows the establishment of Clough’s engineering centre in Glasgow earlier this year.

Clough’s CEO and Managing Director Kevin Gallagher said the circa £9 million (A$16 million) acquisition brings complementary skills and significantly strengthens its service offering to clients.

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


For further information contact:

Mr. Ed Jardim
Murray & Roberts Group
Group Communications Executive
Mobile  +27 (0) 83 357 6282

About Murray & Roberts

Murray & Roberts is South Africa’s leading engineering and construction services company. It has delivered infrastructure throughout South and Southern Africa for more than 110 years and is today recognised as an international engineering and construction group. Murray & Roberts is a group of world-class companies and brands aligned to the same purpose and vision, and guided by the same set of values.

The company offers civil, mechanical, electrical, mining and process engineering, general building, procurement, construction, commissioning, operations and maintenance services. Murray & Roberts does so in the global underground mining market, selected international oil & gas markets, selected African power and industrial markets and selected African infrastructure sectors.

Murray & Roberts operates in Southern, Central and Western Africa, Middle East, Southeast Asia, Australasia and North and South America. The company is based in Johannesburg South Africa, where it has a public listing on the JSE Limited. It has principle offices in Australia, Botswana, Canada, Chile, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, United Arab Emirates, United States of America and Zambia.

More information is available at Murray & Roberts Holdings Limited

About Clough

Clough works with some of the world’s largest energy and resources companies to engineer, construct, commission and maintain a comprehensive range of infrastructure for energy, chemical, mining and mineral projects. The company’s full project lifecycle delivery model reduces risk and optimises safety, productivity and cost across every phase of a project.

Established in 1919, Clough’s services are underpinned by a dedication to project delivery excellence that has spanned over 90 years.  Today the company employs a workforce of nearly 6000 people from operating centres across Australia, Papua New Guinea, UK and Asia.

Backed by an experienced leadership team, talented people and sophisticated project management systems, Clough is committed to safety, sustainable development and the wellbeing of the people, communities and environments in which it operates.

More information is available at Clough

About Booth Welsh

Booth Welsh is an engineering services company founded in 1989 with headquarters in Ayrshire, Scotland. The company provides services to blue chip clients across a broad spectrum of industries. Booth Welsh lead the way in the provision of process consultancy, engineering and design, project management, implementation and commissioning specialising in providing instrument, control and electrical engineering including configuration, installation, maintenance and renewal of control engineering systems.

Booth Welsh employ over 200 personnel and have a proud track record in providing tailor-made, cost effective and flexible solutions for clients in the Whisky, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceutical, Nuclear, Petrochemical, Chemical, Utilities and Food & Beverage industries.

More information is available at Booth Welsh

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