Abu Dhabi set for oil construction jobs
German engineering contractor MMEC Mannesmann aims to create new UAE construction jobs after the oil and gas company opened a regional headquarters in Abu Dhabi earlier this month.
The company plans to hire local construction experts to support the Emirates’ in-country value strategy, MMEC Mannesmann’s general manager, Anas Aljuaidi, told Construction Week.
“For the time being, we have 40 employees within the [Abu Dhabi headquarters],” he said, adding: “We are looking to create lots of jobs in the future depending on the project that we execute. In line with the UAE’s in-country value initiative, we will be ensuring to hire local experts for different positions.”
Aljuaidi spoke to Construction Week after the German engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) company, which describes itself as a global leader in the field, opened an office in Abu Dhabi to complement its existing Dubai branch. The Middle East and Africa “contributes significantly” to the company’s total business volume and is responsible for approximately 25% of the company’s deals, Aljuaidi added.
Its regional expansion has been buoyed by rising petrochemical prices during the past 24 months, despite a recent drop in crude oil prices. Cautious oil price optimism, coupled with policy and economic reform, will “drive growth” for infrastructure, oil and gas, mining, and renewable energy construction projects, Aljuaidi said.
The German EPC contractor has two ongoing UAE projects for Adnoc, including the Coke Calcination Plant at Ruwais Refinery and a sulphur pipeline project for Adnoc Sour Gas.
According to Aljuaidi, Adnoc Sour Gas wants to increase “the capacity of the main gas processing plant, which may increase sulphur production by as much as 50%”. The goal with this project is “to execute a new sulphur pipeline”, he added.
EPC rm MMEC Mannesmann works closely with Abu Dhabi’s Adnoc.