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Award of trade licence in Iraq boosts Hermes’ Satcom operations in oil and gas

Hermes Datacomms has appointed Vincent Davies in the role of technical manager with the aim of improving in-country support in Iraq.
Vincent Davies, technical manager, Hermes Datacomms

Following the award of a trade licence for Iraq in late 2011, Hermes Datacomms has announced the appointment of a key member of staff as part of a growing team in Iraq.

“We are in the process of registering with Iraq’s state-owned South Oil Company (SOC) and the Maysan Oil Company (MOC)and other governmental accounts in the central and southern regions of Iraq” – Kevin Thorley, CEO, Hermes Datacomms

The Wide Area Communications specialists have appointed Vincent Davies in the role of technical manager with the primary aim of improving in-country support and helping to build customer relationships. With an eight-year military background – including time served in Iraq and Afghanistan – Davies joined Hermes Datacomms six years ago and has worked on various projects in locations such as Algeria and Dubai.

Since the award of the trading licence, the company has been working with partners to deliver turnkey projects involving fibre and last-mile access as well as VSAT services, fixed, mobile and microwave services.

Hermes Datacomms specialises in providing tailoured Wide Area Communications to the upstream oil and gas industry worldwide including remote and challenging locations such as Algeria, Angola, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Libya, the Middle East, Iraq, Russia and Turkmenistan.

Commenting on his new job, Davies said, “My presence in Iraq will help to ensure that we continue to offer the best solutions and that we provide the technical support needed in such a critical environment.”

Hermes Datacomms Middle East CEO, Kevin Thorley, added: “Our aim is to ensure that all our Middle East customers are provided with in-depth, direct and extensive support, and a more dependable and secure service that not only keeps up with the growth in the region but also exceeds customer and industry expectations.”

The company has been operating in the Middle East for more than a decade and established its Dubai office in 2008 to answer growing demand in the region, with a current workforce of 25.

Kevin Thorley, CEO, Hermes Datacomms Middle East

Commenting on the implications of the  award of the licence in Iraq, Thorley stated: “The trade license has been very helpful in empowering us to leverage Hermes Datacomms’ working relationship with key government accounts and we are in the process of registering with Iraq’s state-owned South Oil Company (SOC) and the Maysan Oil Company (MOC)and other governmental accounts in the central and southern regions of Iraq.

“Hermes, by hiring Iraqi employees has addressed the concerns of our clients concerning the time of response to issues, installation and de-installation of VSATs and microwave. In addition, we have provided test trials to prospective clients who are planning to choose Hermes Datacomms as a preferred service partner to serve, provide and improve their network and data services.

“Lastly, with a registered branch in Iraq, we offer added value in terms of our longstanding partnership with multinational vendors and suppliers. Over the years, we have demonstrated a credible record with both response and deployment and this is underscored by the team certifications we have achieved.”