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SNC-Lavalin opens regional head office in Abu Dhabi to support development in the Middle East and Africa
|By PR Newswire
|February 5, 2014 12:01 AM EST
MONTREAL, Feb. 5, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - 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
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. Having installed cooling equipment with more than 530,000
refrigeration-tonnes of capacity, primarily in the Middle East,
SNC-Lavalin has become the main supplier of district cooling solutions
in the world. The Group has also recently been awarded engineering,
procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for the Dubai subway
cooling system project.
SNC-Lavalin is also a leader in the region's metallurgy sector,
particularly as a result of the DUBAL aluminum smelter expansion
project in Dubai and, more recently, the EMAL II aluminum smelter project in Abu Dhabi.
The EMAL aluminum smelter complex is one of the largest in the world,
with a production capacity of 1.35 million tonnes per year.
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.
In Qatar, the local joint venture set up by SNC-Lavalin with its partner
in Doha will continue to strengthen the activities of the Group and
develop business opportunities in the oil and gas, facilities
management, real estate, industrial and infrastructure sectors.
Finally, SNC-Lavalin's High-Value Centres with world-class engineers in
Egypt, India, UK and Canada, will continue to support its operations in
SNC-Lavalin is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in
the world, and is a major player in the ownership of infrastructure and
in the provision of operations and maintenance services. Founded in
1911, SNC-Lavalin has offices across Canada and in over 40 other
countries around the world, and is currently active in some 100
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