WorleyParsons awarded oil refinery contracts in the UAE and Kuwait

12 April 2018 Consultancy-me.com

Australian resources and energy engineering firm WorleyParsons has landed two project management contracts in the Middle East, with separate oil & gas deals announced for the UAE and Kuwait.

Specialised in engineering, procurement and construction in the hydrocarbons, chemicals minerals & metals, and infrastructure sectors, the Australian-listed professional services and consulting firm WorleyParsons has had a presence in the Middle East and North Africa for over 35 years, handling over $100 billion in contracts in the past decade alone.

Featuring a local headcount in excess of 3,500 employees, the firm has developed a reputation for delivering extremely complex projects, including the design and construction of region’s first and world’s largest alumina refinery in Saudi Arabia, as well as the recent award of significant projects spanning Egypt, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait and the UAE – the latter a key regional hub for the firm where it has been active for over 20 years.

As one of its latest announced contracts, WorleyParsons will undertake a further project in the UAE as the selected project manager for the state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s Crude Flexibility Project at the Ruwais Refinery west the capital – the largest oil refinery in the UAE. The project forms part of company’s move to expand its crude processing options, and entails the building of new facilities and the modification of existing installations to enable the processing of offshore crude. Engineering firm WorleyParsons awarded oil refinery contracts in the UAE and KuwaitThe firm will be tasked with overseeing the performance of the engineering, procurement, and construction contractor over the next fourteen months, where after it will transition to a supervisory role at the refinery during the construction and commissioning phase until final delivery in 2022. The firm’s CEO Andrew Wood said; “We are delighted that ADNOC Refining has placed its trust in WorleyParsons on this highly strategic project and we look forward to working with ADNOC to achieve its vision for the Ruwais Refinery.”

The second of the announced contracts will see the firm provide project management services for the Kuwait Oil Company on the UN-funded KERP initiative, which is a large-scale environmental programme to remedy the country’s still-present oil contamination as a result of the first Gulf War, when evacuating Iraqi soldiers set fire to over 700 wells causing widespread and significant damage. “We are delighted that KOC has chosen WorleyParsons for this internationally significant project and we look forward to supporting KOC with their on-going program of environmental remediation,” Wood said.

In an effort to boost its end-to-end capabilities, WorleyParsons in 2015 launched its dedicated strategy and management consulting arm Advisian with over 3,000 consultants and the since departed former PwC Global Vice Chairman Dennis Finn at the helm – which, with a focus on the resource and energy sector aims to be leading industry advisory in its field. According to the firm, it has since completed 93 assignments in four countries across the Middle East.

PwC partners with the Project Management Institute's Saudi chapter

21 March 2019 Consultancy-me.com

Professional services firm PwC has signed a three-year partnership agreement with the Saudi Arabian branch of the Project Management Institute.

Following up from its recent deal with the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies, the Middle Eastern arm of global professional services giant PwC has signed another agreement – this time with the Saudi chapter of the Project Management Institute: PMI-KSA. The three year collaboration will seek to promote and advance the project management profession in the Kingdom.

Counting some 500,000-plus members worldwide, the Project Management Institute (PMI) is a non-profit industry association for project management professionals, providing advocacy, research, education and the most widely accepted certification for more than 2.9 million professionals worldwide. Among 300 international chapters in 80 countries, PMI’s Saudi branch is one of the largest in the Middle East.

“PMI-KSA is pleased to sign this strategic MoU with a prestigious company like PwC to promote the project management profession,” said PMI-KSA President, Nabilah Al-Tunisi, who is the chief engineer for Saudi Aramco. “We aspire through this MoU and other PMI-KSA programmes to further expand the membership and awareness of the project management profession.”PwC partners with the Project Management Institute's Saudi chapterAccording to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by PwC and PMI-KSA, the two organisations will form a partnership of “community, knowledge, technical and cultural advisory” in a number of key areas to develop the strength of the profession in the Kingdom – including collaboration on “standards, educational institutions, events and special interests”.

In a press joint statement, PwC and PMI-KSI outlined a number of objectives, including; to support and encourage the adoption of PMI standards and increase their use for KSA’s Mega Initiatives; to increase the competency of local project managers through accredited training courses; and to share and leverage knowledge gained through publications, site visits and events.”

“For decades, we have been known for our practice to help our clients with their projects from strategy through execution; as well as supporting them in realising and reaping the benefits of each phase,” said PwC Saudi Arabia Country Senior Leader Riyadh Al Najjar. “It is in our heritage of creating trust and providing advice to help public and private organisations be successful.”

Al Najjar continued: “This partnership is another restatement to this effort, only cementing our mission; and we hope that together with PMI-KSA we can continue to support our clients in the best way possible and equip our people to become the leaders of tomorrow.  Together, we can bring forth the best of our combined knowledge and experiences and make an impact in the future of project management in the Kingdom.”