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Norman Haste comes back for Laing O'Rourke energy job

Laing O’Rourke is stamping its presence on the European utilities market, by bringing one of its biggest hitters back to the UK from the Middle East to head up its burgeoning energy business.

Laing O’Rourke chairman and chief executive Ray O’Rourke confirmed that Norman Haste OBE, currently chief operating officer of the company’s Middle East operations, will be coming back to the UK.

He said: “Norman is coming back in the near future to work with us across the energy programmes – it is a natural for us to be playing into those spaces. We are already involved in Sellafield and we are building power stations in Australia.”

Mr Haste worked at Laing before its acquisition and was project director on the Sizewell B nuclear plant in the 1980s. He also oversaw the Channel Tunnel Rail Link project before joining Laing O’Rourke in 2006.

A Laing O’Rourke spokesperson confirmed: “Norman Haste is expected to take a very senior role in the Group’s infrastructure offering drawing on his vast international experience in the rail and energy sectors to provide strategic direction in an increasingly important area for us.”