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Middle East Consultant Hires Former BP Exec

Dubai-based Access, a project development and advisory firm focused on the power and water sectors in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa, has hired Vahid Fotuhi, the president of the Middle East Solar Industry Association.

Fotuhi, an ex BP Solar executive, has joined Access as Head of its Strategic Advisory group, according to Reda El Chaar, Managing Director at Access.

Fotuhi, El Chaar and Stephane Bontemps are the three most senior employees at Access, which employs 11 people in total.

El Chaar and Bontemps formerly worked together at Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power International.

Fotuhi has taken charge of Access's strategic advisory group, while El Chaar handles renewables and financial business and Bontemps takes charge of conventional power and technical business.

The strategic advisory business will include trade representation; M&A advisory; market penetration strategy; local procurement strategy; and market research.

From 2009 to 2012, Fotuhi was regional director for BP Solar Middle East. Immediately before that, Fotuhi worked for BP's oil and gas division in Algeria, where he was head of government affairs.

Fotuhi has also worked for Energy Intelligence, World Economic Forum and Transparency International.

EDF Group has retained Access to advise on bids to develop several power projects in the Middle East and North Africa, as SparkSpread first reported on July 19.

Access is advising EDF on the 200-400 MW Salalah 2 IPP in Oman.

It is also advising EDF Energies Nouvelles on the 100 MW Noor 3 solar project as well as the tender of 850 MW of wind capacity in Morocco.

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