Wood has won a prestigious award for its pioneering role in exporting engineering expertise to China. The company was named Scottish Exporter to China of the Year at the China-Scotland Business Awards 2019.
Organised by the China-Britain Business Council, the awards recognise innovation, effort, commitment and export successes by showcasing the best Scotland has to offer and encouraging other businesses to look to China as an opportunity.
The award winners were announced at the Chinese Burns Supper 2019 at the Waldorf Astoria in Edinburgh last night (Thursday 24 January).
Robin Watson, Wood’s chief executive, said: “Wood’s history in China can be dated back to the early 1930s and this award recognises not only our business success to-date but our commitment to expanding our portfolio in the region in future.
“Wood provides full asset life cycle services in the refinery, petrochemicals, chemicals and power industries in China, utilising our global infrastructure and engineering expertise to leverage our business in the local energy market and beyond.”
In recent years, Wood has successfully worked on a range of projects in partnership with Chinese businesses.
Wood is working with China General Nuclear Power Corporation, which is proposing to build a Chinese-designed reactor at Bradwell in Essex, UK, as part of a joint venture with EDF Energy. Support has covered UK context training and technical support for the Generic Design Assessment of the HPR1000 reactor, including help to draw up the Preliminary Safety Report and other key documents required by the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency.
In petrochemicals, Wood has managed four coal chemicals projects in China over the last decade, with more than 300 employees working on mega-scale projects including the world’s largest coal-to-liquids development by single plant. In oil and gas, the company is supporting the China National Offshore Oil Corporation’s Lingshui 17-2 gas development in the South China Sea providing subsea and flow assurance services.