AN engineering services provider hopes to strengthen its domestic and international prowess after buying an electrical contracting operator.

Nortech Group has taken on STS Limited.

Bosses at Wynyard-based Nortech, which completed the deal alongside Abu Dhabi-based partner Dhabi Contracting, say the agreement will open up the South of England market.

They added it will also give STS, which was formerly part of collapsed Stockton engineer Cordell Group and is working on Tottenham Hotspur’s new 62,000-seater stadium, scope to go further into the Middle East, with Dhabi Contracting primed to call upon its expertise across new build projects.

Bryan Bunn, Nortech managing director, praised the potential of Maidstone-based STS, which lists work on The Shard skyscraper, in London, and The Royal London & St Bartholomew Hospitals in its order book.

He said: “This 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 us and our strong client base across markets such as energy and petrochemicals, while enabling the business to establish a presence in London and the South-East.”

Rick Smith, managing director of STS, which also counts office developments, data centres, shopping malls and apartment buildings in its portfolio, said the deal represents an exciting partnership.

He said: “This is an important step for us and presents the opportunity to apply our expertise in new markets.

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

Nortech, known for engineering design, consultancy and staffing work to clients across the oil and gas, energy, chemical and petrochemical sectors, founded its relationship with Dhabi Contracting in 2016.

Operating as a joint venture, Dhabi Nortech Consulting provides engineering design and project management consultancy for the United Arab Emirates’ energy industry.