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Thornton Tomasetti to acquire risk management engineering co. MMI

Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering consultancy, has agreed to acquire MMI Engineering, the technical consulting specialist focused on the risk management of man-made and natural hazards across the oil and gas, nuclear, utilities and infrastructure sectors.

The deal is scheduled to close later this month.

MMI delivers solutions across the full project lifecycle for clients including Shell, BP, Chevron and Sellafield Limited as well as RWM, International Nuclear Services, Westinghouse, Thames Water and Airbus. The company provides a role in accident and incident investigations in the oil and gas industry.

The firm’s personnel have worked with oil and gas operators on more than 30 incidents, including the Buncefield Oil Storage Depot incident and the gas release on Total’s Elgin offshore platform.

Alongside this, MMI is also considered an expert in the field of seismic, blast and accidental loading assessments and is also skilled in nuclear asset management and integrity with key members of its team currently supporting the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Headquartered in Warrington, United Kingdom, MMI employs 60 staff from a range of scientific and engineering backgrounds across offices in Aberdeen, York, Bristol and Ballymena in the U.K. along with its global offices in Perth, Australia and Houston, Texas.

Currently owned by Geosyntec, an international environmental consultancy business, the business will be rebranded as MMI Thornton Tomasetti in the U.K. and Australia and will operate under the Thornton Tomasetti name in the U.S. upon completion of the deal, forming a key part of Thornton Tomasetti’s European operation and its Weidlinger Applied Science practice.

MMI’s John Evans, Andy Nelson and Andrew Morrison will become part of Thornton Tomasetti’s European and Australian leadership team and will play a pivotal role in the integration process.

Thornton Tomasetti’s Pawel Woelke will lead the business as Warrington office director, reporting into Phillip Thompson, Thornton Tomasetti’s European regional leader, and Najib Abboud, Weidlinger Applied Science practice leader.

Thornton Tomasetti is headquartered in New York and employs over 1,300 staff in 44 offices around the world. It will employ nearly 160 staff in the U.K upon completion of the deal.

Phillip Thompson, Thornton Tomasetti’s European Regional Leader, commented; “This transaction further underlines our commitment to growing our presence in Europe and providing our clients with a full range of risk management and technical security services.”

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