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China State and Tamouh consider new UAE projects

China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Middle East), and Tamouh are in negotiations over future projects, as their City of Lights collaboration nears completion

CSCEC ME and Tamouh's City of Lights development in Abu Dhabi is drawing to an end.
CSCEC ME and Tamouh's City of Lights development in Abu Dhabi is drawing to an end.

China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Middle East) (CSCEC ME) has revealed that it is in negotiations with developer, Tamouh over future projects in the UAE.

The Chinese contractor has stated that the discussions are taking place due to the strong relationship that has been built by the firms whilst working on the City of Lights development at Abu Dhabi’s Al Reem Island.

The news comes as CSCEC ME’s involvement with the City of Lights project, which suffered substantial delays due to the economic downturn, draws to a close.

In comments made during an interview with Construction Week, Chen Zhonghua, the contractor’s deputy director and chief representative, said: “CSCEC ME and Tamouh worked closely together to overcome the challenges presented by the financial crisis. Now, the good times are returning and I believe that we will have more projects and more opportunities to work together in the future.”

CSCEC ME secured the $451m (AED1.656bn) design-and-build (D&B) contract to construct five of the 14 towers due to be delivered as part of Phase 1 of Tamouh’s City of Lights development. CSCEC ME’s towers, which were originally slated for completion in December 2011, are expected to be handed over before the end of July 2015.

Although delayed, the contractor points out that it never halted construction at the site, even at the height of the financial crisis. This, it said, was only possible due to the strong relationship that it built with Tamouh. As work at the city of lights moves close to completion, CSCEC ME is confident that the Al Reem Island development could be the first of many embarked upon by the two companies.

Mohammed Faiz, CSCEC ME’s project manager, outlined: “We are now considering the possibility of other projects with Tamouh. We are trying to finalise some new UAE-based projects with the developer.

“There are some engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) projects up for discussion, and other conventional construction contracts; a mixture of the two. These projects are still under investigation,” he concluded.

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