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New sales appointment for MENA region

Advanced simulator developer, Drilling Systems, has appointed a new business development manager to support key clients and raise awareness of its state-of-the-art simulator systems throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

Andreas Smith, who will be based in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, has a wealth of experience in the energy sector having grown up in Saudi Arabia and spent his career to date working in oil and gas.

Most recently, Andreas was head of IKTVA and competency training and workforce development for oilfield services company, Saudi Arabian Saipem. During this role, Andreas was responsible for procuring several Drilling Systems’ simulators for training onshore and offshore drilling personnel at Saipem so has extensive knowledge of the systems’ features and benefits.

Andreas said: “I’ve worked extensively with the Drilling Systems team for a number of years so know them well and like them enormously. Drilling Systems’ simulation technology is second to none with the quality of the product speaking for itself – particularly around customisability and the accuracy of its software and visual content. The company has an excellent reputation in the oil and gas industry so when the opportunity to join the team came along, I jumped at the chance. Being part of the 3t Energy Group also enables us to offer a true ‘full solution’ technology partnership to our customers to help drive efficiencies and improve competencies through tools such as VR and competency management software.

“There are exciting things happening throughout MENA currently as oil and gas activity ramps up and the region looks to develop and increase the number of technical skills available locally rather than importing them. It’s a great time to be joining the world’s leading training technology and simulation company and I’m looking forward to finding out how we can help support the energy sector across MENA with our ground-breaking solutions.”

To contact Andreas and find out how Drilling Systems and the 3t Energy Group can help your company email