The Middle East’s top construction contracts of September 2020

While construction sector was not highly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the sector did overcome a set of challenges including supply chain disruption, social distancing on site, lockdown restrictions, as well as lack of resource availability due to the closure of borders.

However, despite these concerns, business continued with contracts being awarded for various projects including Saudi Arabia’ the $500bn (SAR1.9tn) NEOM gigaproject; the $1.36bn (AED5bn) Jubail Island project in Abu Dhabi; the $4.5bn Cairo Monorail project; the $6.5bn (AED24bn) Aljada in Sharjah; and ADNOC’s oil lines and terminals upgrade, among others.

September 2020, though not as shining as the period before COVID-19, did come as a good month for construction stakeholders including AECOM, Hill International, Hassan Allam Holding, Nesma Holding, Elsewedy Electric, Target Engineering, Al Zamalek General Contracting, among others.

The Middle East’s top construction contracts of September 2020 were:

1. Elsewedy Electric wins $22.4m contract to build substation in Egypt
2. ADNOC awards $245m EPC contracts to upgrade oil lines, terminal
3. Nesma Holding bags Saudi Arabia’s sewage treatment plant contract
4. Abu Dhabi’s JIIC awards design contract for Jubail Island Phase 1
5. Hassan Allam wins contract to build El Mohandes Jotun’s paint factory in Egypt
6. AECOM wins design contract for Saudi Arabia’s $500bn NEOM
7. Arada awards contract to build SABIS-operated school in Aljada
8. Hill International wins project management contract for $4.5bn Cairo Monorail
9. ADX-listed NMDC awarded $163m lake expansion contract in Egypt
10. Oman’s ONEIC wins $6.1m contract from ROP to build substation in Thumrait

Please note that this list is not a ranking.

1. Elsewedy Electric wins $22.4m contract to build substation in Egypt

Egyptian Stock Exchange-listed Elsewedy Electric, an integrated solutions provider in the Middle East, secured a $22.4m engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract to build a substation in Sadat city in the North African nation.

In a stock market filing, the company said that the contract was awarded to its subsidiary, Elsewedy Electric for Trading & Distribution. The EPC contract was granted on turnkey basis and will be implemented over a 14-month period.

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2. ADNOC awards $245m EPC contracts to upgrade oil lines, terminal

ADNOC Onshore, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), awarded two EPC contracts with a combined value of approximately $245m (AED899.9m) to China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Company Limited – Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi-based Target Engineering Construction Co LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dubai-listed troubled contractor Arabtec, which recently confirmed going into liquidation.

The contracts will include upgrading two main oil lines (MOLs), and crude receiving facilities at the Jebel Dhanna terminal in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

The EPC contract awarded to China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Company Limited – Abu Dhabi was valued at approximately $135m (AED496.8m) and the scope is to replace the two MOLs which transport ADNOC’s premium grade Murban crude oil from its oilfields at Bab (BAB), Bu Hasa (BUH), North East Bab (NEB), and South East (SE) to the Jebel Dhanna terminal, increasing the capacity of the pipelines by more than 30%.

Meanwhile, Target Engineering Construction’s contract is valued at approximately $110m (AED403.7m) and will see the contractor upgrade the crude receiving facilities at the Jebel Dhanna terminal, enabling ADNOC to utilise parts of the terminal’s existing facilities to import Upper Zakum (UZ) crude oil from offshore and Non-System (NS) crude, for delivery to the new Ruwais Refinery West (RRW) project, located approximately 12km to the east of Jebel Dhanna terminal.

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3. Nesma Holding bags Saudi Arabia’s sewage treatment plant contract

Saudi Arabia-based contractor Nesma Water & Energy, a Nesma Holding company, offering commercial construction in addition to operation and maintenance services, has been awarded a 125,000m3 sewage treatment plant contract.

The contract was awarded to the contractor by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture. The scope of services entail work on the sewage treatment plant and main pumping station in KSA’s Tabuk city.

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4. Abu Dhabi’s JIIC awards design contract for Jubail Island Phase 1

Abu Dhabi-headquartered real estate developer Jubail Island Investment Company (JIIC) has awarded a design contract for 16 villa and townhouse typologies – to be constructed within Phase 1 of the $1.36bn (AED5bn) Jubail Island project – to Ramon Esteve Estudio (REE) and EHAF Consulting Engineers.

The designs will include differing floor plan layouts, and serviced plots, ranging in size from 1,200m2 to 2,205m2, meeting market demand particularly addressing Emirati household preferences.

The design themes embrace modern and traditional styles, and the units will units will blend into the adjacent natural environment. The villas will range in size from 145m2 two-bedroom offerings to 820m2 six-bedroom designs.

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5. Hassan Allam wins contract to build El Mohandes Jotun’s paint factory in Egypt

Egyptian contractor Hassan Allam Construction (HAC), a part of Hassan Allam Holding has secured a contract to construct El Mohandes Jotun’s paint factory within Phase 2 of the industrial complex in 10th of Ramadan.

Touted as a major project in Egypt’s industrial sector, HAC’s scope of work will include civil, finishing, and electromechanical works for the full project, as well as the installation of special process equipment.

In an announcement on its LinkedIn page, Hassan Allam Holding said that HAC will use some of the most advanced technologies to construct the facility.

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6. AECOM wins design contract for Saudi Arabia’s $500bn NEOM

New York Stock Exchange-listed infrastructure consulting firm AECOM has been appointed to design transport and utilities infrastructure for Saudi Arabia’s $500bn (SAR1.9tn) NEOM gigaproject, located in the northwest of the kingdom.

In a stock market filing AECOM revealed that its scope will also include environmental and geotechnical support.

Speaking about the contract win, AECOM’s president, Lara Poloni, said: “We are excited to be playing such a pivotal part in delivering one of the world’s largest and most complex infrastructure projects.”

Poloni added: “Our global multi-disciplinary team of experts will bring together a diverse set of skills to deliver a sustainable project that will connect communities and create thousands of jobs across Saudi Arabia.”

In July 2019, AECOM was appointed to provide project management consultancy (PMC) services for Phase 1 construction activities in NEOM.

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7. Arada awards contract to build SABIS-operated school in Aljada

Arada, a joint venture between Basma Group and KBW Investments, has awarded a contract for the construction of the first school at an investment of $59.9m (AED220m) within the 2.2km2 and $6.5bn (AED24bn) Aljada, a megaproject in the heart of New Sharjah.

SABIS International School – Aljada is scheduled to open in September 2021 and will be a member of the global SABIS Network.

Al Zamalek General Contracting secured the contract for Phase 1 of the school. The contractor has previously constructed two other SABIS Network schools, including The International Schools of Choueifat in Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah.

Work has begun on the school, with construction expected to be completed in June 2021. Both these phases will be completed in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

Scope of work within in Phase 1 involves the construction of a kindergarten to Grade 3 (K-3) school. Meanwhile, Phases 2 and 3 will cover the addition of grade levels every year finally reaching K-12 level with capacity for 4,000 students.

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8. Hill International wins project management contract for $4.5bn Cairo Monorail

New York Stock Exchange-listed Hill International has been named the project manager after having secured a contract to provide project management, design review, and implementation supervision services for the New Administrative Capital City and 6th of October City Monorail project, representing the two lines of the $4.5bn Cairo Monorail Project in Egypt.

The project will improve mobility for citizens in the North African nation. Upon completion, the two lines will transport approximately 45,000 passengers per hour at peak capacity.

The monorail project is being built by Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels and represents the first monorail project in North Africa. The project will be implemented and delivered under the design-build-operate-and-maintain (DBOM) method.

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9. ADX-listed NMDC awarded $163m lake expansion contract in Egypt

The Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange-listed (ADX) National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) — which provides dredging, reclamation, and marine construction projects in the Middle East — has been awarded a $163.4m (AED600m) contract for the expansion of Lake Manzala in northeastern Egypt.

The project will be implemented in partnership with Al-Tahadi Egyptian-Emirati Co, and is expected to be completed in two years. The company disclosed the value of the award in a letter to the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, ADX.

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10. Oman’s ONEIC wins $6.1m contract from ROP to build substation in Thumrait

Muscat Securities Exchange-listed (MSM) Oman National Engineering & Investment Co (ONEIC) has secured $6.1m (OMR2.3m) contract for the construction of primary substation with feeder at Thumrait from Royal Oman Police (ROP).

As part of the contract, ONEIC will build 2*20 MVA primary substation with 33/11 KV feeder.

In a stock market filing undersigned by CEO, Rashid Bin Mohammed Alghailani, construction works on the substation will be completed in 365 days starting from the date of commencement of the order, ONEIC said in a stock market filing.

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