Colin Reilly, Deputy General Manager of ULO Systems

ULO Systems, one of the region’s leading grouting contractors for the oil and gas industry, today announced the appointment of Colin Reilly as Deputy General Manager for ULO Systems. Reilly will be based in the ULO Systems’ global corporate headquarters in Sharjah. The grouting specialist also announced Zack Agha has been promoted to Group General Manager for Bukhatir Group and will be based in the Bukhatir Group’s UAE headquarters.

The announcement comes at ADIPEC, where ULO Systems is exhibiting on stand 15454, after of a number of significant project wins, including the award of grouting services for Dubai’s Rashid-D project for Dubai Petroleum Establishment, also exhibiting at ADIPEC. The contract win reinforces ULO System’s subsea capabilities in the region, with the company’s scope of work on the Rashid-D project including the manufacture and supply of ULO Systems grout bags and services for the installation of the new Rashid-D platform. ULO Systems’ offshore staff are employed on permanent contracts, rather than on short-term contracts, allowing the team to mobilise as and when required to respond to clients’ emerging and immediate requirements.

Reilly has over twelve years’ experience in the grouting sector for the oil and gas market, and has a strong technical and operations background, having worked in multiple countries with varied cultures. He has extensive knowledge of offshore construction, renewable energy and a more recent speciality in subsea grouting services. Reilly has a proven track record in managing resources, including manpower, and mobilising equipment and people quickly to meet client delivery targets.

Reilly’s new role at ULO Systems encompasses budgeting and finance, operations, creation and implementation of strategies and ensuring overall delivery and quality of ULO System’s offering to clients. He will report directly to Zack Agha, who held the role of General Manager at ULO Systems prior to his promotion.

Reilly said: “I am excited to take on this new challenge at ULO Systems and focus on driving the organisation forward. My predecessor, Zack, laid such a solid foundation for market impact and set a clear vision for global growth, so I have adopted a strong legacy and am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together both in the Middle East and further afield.

“ULO Systems will be adding a number of exciting new products in 2019, which will enable further expansion into markets such as wind and renewable energy. I will also be refocusing efforts in India, Europe and Asia. We have made numerous key appointments to support the development of these key markets and look forward to seeing the fruits of our hard work in the coming months.”

Agha welcomed the appointment: “ULO has been on a sustainable growth journey over the past four years. Becoming a BASF Licensed Applicator for the ultra-high strength grout products, establishing ULO Systems EU B.V in the Netherlands, and investing significantly in Europe by building a number of new generation grouting equipment and cement silos have added to our strength globally. Our aim is to increase our market share in Europe while maintaining our leading position in the Middle East and the rest of the world.

“I have been incredibly proud to lead this journey with ULO Systems worldwide. Although I will be moving on to my new role with the Bukhatir Group as Group General Manager, I will continue to have a key interest and role in ULO Systems’ development while Colin Reilly runs the business. On behalf of the Bukhatir Group, I am very pleased to see Colin take on the role of Deputy General Manager for ULO Systems. His technical expertise and broad operations experience will enhance our vision for growth in key markets. Furthermore, his in-depth knowledge across a variety of sectors, in particular the oil and gas offshore sector, will prove invaluable as we strive to achieve the company’s ambitious goals.”

Originally from Scotland, Reilly began his career in the offshore sector as a technician in the UK. In 2012, Reilly moved to Dubai, where he lives with his wife and two children. In his free time, Reilly manages a local football team.