Energy and marine consultants ABL has opened an office in Constanta, Romania, to support the Black Sea region’s offshore energy and maritime markets.

Ian Cummins (left)_RV Ahilan (right)

Left to right: Ian Cummins, regional managing director for ABL Europe and West Africa, and RV Ahilan, chief energy transition officer at ABL Group.

The office is managed by director Alexander Shterev, principal surveyor of ABL Bulgaria, and supported by the country manager for ABL Bulgaria, Lyubomir Djambazov. It will support the country’s oil and gas and maritime markets, as well as its growing plans for renewable energy and transitionary technologies.

ABL Romania will provide the company’s full technical service offering, including offshore technical due diligence, rig inspections and rig moving, marine inspections and surveys, marine warranty survey, renewable energy consultancy, maritime services including ports consulting, and energy transition engineering, including expertise in carbon capture technology.

“ABL has been at the forefront of supporting the delivery of some of the Black Sea’s biggest steps in energy development, including Romania’s first offshore oil and gas project in approximately 35 years, the Midia gas development project. Launching ABL Romania cements our commitment to the safe and sustainable delivery and operations of the country’s oil and gas infrastructure, whilst expanding our diverse engineering and consultancy offering to support Romania’s transition to a net-zero future,” said Ian Cummins, regional managing director for ABL Europe and West Africa.

RV Ahilan, chief energy transition officer at ABL Group, added: “Romania is an important market for renewable energy development in the Black Sea. As well as having a favourable natural resource potential, its government recognises the critical importance of diversifying its energy mix for both national and international energy security. It has therefore sanctioned supporting policies for renewable energy development. With wind, solar PV, CCUS and hydrogen all being actively looked at, we have the services and track-record to support Romania in its net-zero ambitions.”