Global growth beckons as Aberdeen tech firm launches in Middle East

Aberdeen-headquartered SEM, which develops innovative technologies for water and waste remediation has announced the launch of a Middle East division as part of a global expansion drive.

As the global appetite for their suite of environmentally responsible technological solutions grows, SEM have partnered with Muscat-based HEMA Energy to work with clients across several sectors including agriculture, marine and oil and gas.

An Omani company, HEMA Energy provides value-adding technologies and services to the upstream petroleum industry.

SEM MENA is a new business entity based around a shared business structure between SEM and HEMA Energy, reflecting their joint commitment to the energy market.

Currently five members of SEM staff are based in HEMA’s Oman office, with plans in the pipeline to recruit additional personnel locally. SEM also plan to invest in the local economy by partnering with Omani manufacturing firms to develop tailored new technologies and services in the region.

SEM chief executive officer John Jones welcomed the new partnership, saying: “This is an exceptionally exciting time for us at SEM, as we spread our global reach and bring our environmentally conscious technologies to new markets. Oman, in particular, is a rapidly developing market which offers a host of new opportunities for the technologies we have driven from prototype to commercialisation. Oman’s focus on environmentally sustainable technologies and innovative solutions is completely aligned with the SEM core ethos of helping both businesses and the environment they work in, to flourish.”

Hema Group managing director Eyhab Al Haj,commended on the new JV, stating: “Hema Energy has always been passionate in serving its clients’ needs by bringing in innovative technologies from all over the world and this move to collaborate with SEM, not only aids the clients in resolving their issues, but also brings in the concept of going green to the oil and gas industry.

"SEM has been successful in executing projects in other geographical locations to reduce waste and Hema strongly believes that this JV is a major value-add to the Oman economy, especially with an increase of involvement of local companies thus serving Oman’s goal by adding to its ICV. Between 2018-2019, Hema Energy has achieved a seven figure turnover, more than 200% from its previous year and with the formation of SEM-MENA, it should only get better.”

SEM’s suite of ground-breaking technologies - several of which are patented – tackle industry critical challenges in the field of waste treatment, water filtration and co-product creation.

The SEM team

The SEM team

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