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SNC-LAVALIN opens regional Head Office in Abu Dhabi to support development in MENA

On the occasion of the visit to the Middle East by Robert G. Card, President and CEO of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., the Company announced the opening of its regional head office for the Middle East and Africa located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Mr. Card also attended the launch celebration in Saudi Arabia for the new city of Wa’ad Al Shamal.

The opening of the office, an important milestone in SNC-Lavalin’s development, coincides with a contract the company recently signed with Ma'aden in Saudi Arabia. Estimated at USD $500 million, the contract includes the engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and start-up of a three-line 15,150-metric-tonne-per-day sulphuric acid plant.

“With estimated GDP growth of over 5.6% per year until 2018, and with major projects in the infrastructure, oil and gas, mining and power sectors, the Middle East region offers significant development opportunities for SNC-Lavalin,” said Mr. Card during his visit to the Abu Dhabi office. “This is a target region for the Group’s activities, and the opening of this regional head office is an indication of our intention to expand our activities and make important contributions in this region.”

The Middle East and Africa region contributes significantly to the business volume of the Company’s Mining & Metallurgy and Oil & Gas business units (18 percent and 25 percent respectively as of December 2012). As of December 2013, the Company had more than 3,000 employees across the Middle East and Africa.

“The opening of this regional head office will allow us to strengthen our client relationships, expand our commercial opportunities and have the best business platform to deliver projects according to clients’ expectations,” said Christian Jacqui, Executive Vice-President, Global Operations, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

Under the leadership of Ziad Awad, Senior Vice-President and Regional Head for the Middle East and Africa, this office will work closely with existing offices across the region, specifically in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, South Africa, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya.

SNC-Lavalin is already present in the Middle East through major projects. In Saudi Arabia, the general engineering services (GES+) contract between SNC-Lavalin and Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil producer, is a recognition of the Company’s ability to create value in the Kingdom by supporting its world-class oil and gas projects and pairing its expertise with that of its Saudi partners.

Finally, SNC-Lavalin's High-Value Centres with world-class engineers in Egypt, India, UK and Canada, will continue to support its operations in the region.


Technip wins a new contract in the Middle-East

Technip has been awarded a substantial contract(1) by Dubai Petroleum Establishment (DPE). This covers the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the Jalilah B field development project, located nearly 90 kilometers offshore Dubai (United Arab Emirates, UAE), at water depth reaching 60 meters.

Technip’s scope of work consists of the construction and installation of the Jalilah B platform, a 900-ton deck, a 500-ton jacket, as well as 13 new risers(2) on existing platforms. It also includes the installation of 110 kilometers of pipelines ranging from 6 to 24 inches in diameter. This contract will use three of Technip’s specialized vessels, including the G1201, one of the Group’s flagship S-Lay installation vessel designed for work in both deep and shallow water.

Technip’s operating center in Abu Dhabi will execute this fast-track project, scheduled for completion in the second half of 2014.

With a nearly 30-year presence in the Middle-East, Technip combines together keen understanding of business needs, differentiating technology offer and strong execution capabilities. The Group is therefore well positioned to manage increasing complex projects of the oil and gas industry in the UAE.

Iraq awards contract for Karbala refinery

The Iraqi government has let a contract to a consortium of South Korean firms for the construction of a refinery in southern Karbala Province, Iraq, 100 km south of Baghdad.

The Iraqi council of ministers approved the contract award between the oil ministry’s state company for oil projects and a four-company consortium led by Hyundai Engineering & Construction on Jan. 7, a cabinet statement said. The 54-month engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract is valued at $6.04 billion.

The planned 140,000-b/d Karbala refinery, which will produce liquefied gas, gasoline, gas oil, fuel oil, jet fuel, and asphalt meeting international standards equivalent to European production, will serve growing domestic Iraqi demand, Iraq’s Minister of Oil Abdulkareem Liaybi said on Jan 9.  Production from the Karbala refinery also will feed the Khayrat power station, which supplies Karbala Province with electricity, according to the oil ministry.

The Karbala project is part of Iraq’s longer-term plan to construct four refineries in an effort to add 750,000 b/d of refining capacity. The additional planned projects include a 300,000-b/d Nassiriya refinery as well as two additional refineries in Maysan and Kirkuk, each with a capacity of 150,000 b/d.

Oman, Spanish firms launch JV for $200m pipeline

Reuters: Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (ORPIC) and Spanish company Compania Logistica de Hidrocarburos, have launched a joint venture to build a 280km pipeline project.

"This is a significant project on a number of levels," said Musab al- Mahrouqi, ORPIC CEO.

"As a multi-product pipeline it is a first for Oman, a complex transportation system that will have a positive impact for the business overall and specifically in environmental issues."

The Orpic Logistics Company (OLC) has been established to construct the Muscat-Sohar Product Pipeline (MSPP) which also includes a terminal and a direct pipeline link from Jifnain to Musc at International Airport. A total of $200m will be invested in the project. MSPP will be one of three major projects to be started - the others being the Sohar Refinery Improvement Project and the Liwa Plastics Project, a statement carried by Oman Press Agency said.

"The Jifnain terminal is a strategic storage facility, capable of responding to emergency situations should it be necessary. And the direct link to the new airport will mean that aircraft will be refuelled through a closed system, guaranteeing a continuous flow 24 hours a day, rather than having to use fuel tankers.

"We strongly believe that this project is strategically important for Oman."

The pipeline will transport four types of fuel, premium and regular gasoline, diesel and jet A1 for aircraft, using a computer controlled buffering system to separate product streams.

Endress+Hauser establishes two new sales centers in MENA

Instrumentation and automation specialist strengthens market presence in the United Arab Emirates and Algeria.

With new sales centers Endress+Hauser will open up further important growth markets in the Middle East and Northern Africa. In early 2014 the Swiss Group established subsidiaries in the United Arab Emirates and in Algeria.

For two decades Endress+Hauser has been represented in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by the local representative Descon Automation Control Systems. Two years ago Endress+Hauser also started a successful venture with Descon's local partner in Abu Dhabi. To optimize customer support on the Arabian Peninsula, the measurement engineering specialist now integrates Descon's Endress+Hauser business into its own sales organization.

Endress+Hauser will now operate in the market with two offices at locations in Abu Dhabi (around 20 employees) and in Dubai (around 30 employees). Heavy investments in oil & gas, and in developing the public infrastructure (saltwater desalination plants, water storage, power stations), have opened up a strong market for high-grade measurement engineering and automation solutions. The new sales center is also equipped with resources for services, engineering and project management.

The Managing Director of Endress+Hauser's sales center in the UAE will be Jens Winkelmann. The 47-year-old graduate engineer in measurement and control engineering has over 16 years' experience with Endress+Hauser, for the past five years working in Dubai.

Dedicated sales center in Algeria:

Endress+Hauser also has opened a new sales center in Algeria. From offices in Algiers, a team of five lead by Managing Director Chafik Amriou will take care of customers, particularly in the oil & gas industry. Endress+Hauser expects its growing business in Algeria to gain additional momentum. Symes, Endress+Hauser's long-time representative located in Annaba, will continue to serve particular customers in the eastern region of Algeria.