Adnoc builder MMEC Mannesmann to create jobs amid UAE expansion
The German EPC contractor is working on two Adnoc projects in Abu Dhabi
German engineering contractor MMEC Mannesmann wants to create new UAE construction jobs after the oil and gas company opened a regional headquarters in Abu Dhabi.
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 HQ],” 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 up to 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 EPC contractor has two ongoing UAE projects for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), including the Coke Calcination Plant at Ruwais Refinery and a sulphur pipeline project.
MMEC Mannesmann is the licensor and proprietary equipment supplier for the coke calcination project. It will supply the process design package, as well as cost estimation and licensing for the coke calcination technology, in addition to technical services during construction and commissioning.
The sulphur pipeline project is a large-scale gas project located 180km southwest of Abu Dhabi city, with Adnoc Sour Gas involved as its clients.
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