Mott MacDonald, the leading global engineering, management and development consultancy, has revealed the opening of a new oil & gas design centre in Kochi, in the south west of India.

The company has seen dramatic growth over recent years and now has more than 1,500 employees in India, with the new centre complementing existing facilities in Kolkata and Mumbai.

Mott MacDonald’s success in the region has influenced the decision to open a new office in Kochi, the commercial capital of Kerala, the southern state that will become a central hub for the firm’s oil, gas and petrochemical (OGP) storage and distribution business serving projects both in India and worldwide.

This new design centre in Kochi is thought to be key to the company’s oil and gas business strategy, and will compliment and support the firm’s OGP design centres in Kolkata and Mumbai.

Kochi’s pool of home-grown and Kerala’s internationally located, talented experts in oil, gas & petrochemical engineering is a major attraction for Mott MacDonald, which has already been tapping into the local expertise as its portfolio develops. This portfolio includes providing consultancy services for Shell India Marketing Pvt Ltd on a new multi product storage terminal project at Devanagonthi, Bangalore, India.

A new major project for Mott MacDonald is for Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) to provide full consultancy services for a development of petroleum, oil and lubricant (POL) terminals at a new green-field marketing installation at Visakhapatnam in India on the coastal belt of the Bay of Bengal.

Mott MacDonald is a global management, engineering and development consultancy with 14,700 staff, £900m turnover and work in 140 countries for the public and private sectors.