QICC taps Amana for project
The Qatar International Cables Company (QICC) has selected Amana Contracting and Steel Buildings for the turnkey construction of its cable factory in Mesaieed.
The new plant, which is set for a mid-2010 start-up, will produce power cables, low-voltage, medium voltage and high voltage up to 80kV for oil and gas companies, utilities and other industries.
QICC, a joint venture company between Nexans, Special Projects Company and Al Neama Industries Company, was established in June 2008.
The factory, with a total floor space of 19,000sq m and located on a 70,000sq m plot, is expected to generate revenues of $100mn by 2011.
The huge plot size allows for future expansion of the facility as the regional demand is expected to grow beyond its production capacity.
This factory will be among the largest in the Middle-East North Africa (MENA) region and among the first cable factories in Qatar.
Besides Qatar, the QICC will focus on the GCC and Yemeni markets.
QICC general manager Cyprien Federspiel said: “A big challenge was to identify the factory site, finalise the design, and select the contractor for the project.
“With its experience in the MENA and GCC regions, Amana was the natural choice for a contractor due to its regional reach, its capabilities, and the commitment of the Amana team to provide us with a competitive price, at the required high-quality standards, and in line with the tight time requirements for the project.”
Nexans already supplies medium- and high-voltage cables for important utilities in Qatar, Dubai and Abu Dhabi and has been involved in major oil and gas projects with local and international operators for many years.
Nexans has supplied cables to several projects in Qatar such as the Pearl GTL, the Ras Laffan Port, Qatalum, Qatargas berth 6 and Kahramaa.
“More and more companies establishing process facilities in Qatar and across the region are recognising Amana’s reputation for delivering high-quality, turnkey solutions on time and within budget,” said Amana Contracting and Steel Buildings chief executive Chebel Bsaibes.