A TEESSIDE engineering services company has acquired a specialist electrical contractor to increase opportunities in the Middle East.

The Nortech Group and its Abu Dhabi-based partner, Dhabi Contracting, has acquired electrical contracting business STS Limited.

Formerly part of the Teesside-based Cordell Group, which went into administration in 2017, STS is located in Maidstone and is a specialist provider of electrical systems in large scale commercial and public service properties.

The firm operates mainly in construction projects such as office developments, data centres, shopping malls and apartment buildings.

It has been involved in several major projects across the UK, including The Shard, The Kings Cross Development Buildings and The Royal London & St Bartholomew Hospitals. It is currently working on the new Tottenham Hotspur football stadium and Bond Street Tube Station.

The acquisition will open the Middle East market for STS, enabling construction and civil engineering specialists Dhabi Contracting to call on its expertise for its portfolio of new build projects.

The deal will also enable Nortech, whose head office is on Wynyard Business Park, to enter the South of England market, offering its range of engineering services to new and existing STS customers.

The Nortech Group has become one of the UK’s fastest growing engineering service providers to the oil and gas, energy, chemical and petrochemical industries.

Bryan Bunn, managing director, said: “This acquisition will provide significant benefits to all parties. The expertise and experience offered by STS will be in demand in the Middle East and its substantial new build programme across the region.

“It also adds value to the breadth of services offered by Nortech and our strong client base across markets such as energy and petrochemicals, while enabling Nortech to establish a presence in London and the South East.

Rick Smith, managing director of STS, said: “This is an important step for STS and presents the opportunity to apply our expertise in new markets and increase our customer base in the UK and internationally.

“Both Nortech and Dhabi Contracting have strong track records in their fields, which we will be pleased to help build on.”