Abu Dhabi set for oil con­struc­tion jobs

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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.

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