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Standardised solutions – a game changer in the Middle East’s energy sector

November 7, 2016 Middle East
  • 30% reduction in project costs through standardised and modular solutions
  • SNC-Lavalin will present technical session on modular construction for oil and gas projects this week at ADIPEC 2016

The oil and gas sector is under increasing pressure to reduce costs and enhance efficiency for energy projects. Against such a backdrop, standardised designs and modularised construction techniques are the best way for the industry to achieve this, according to experts at SNC-Lavalin, a top-tier engineering, procurement and construction group in the Middle East. 

“While it is not a new concept in the oil and gas industry, standardisation is fast emerging as the most efficient and economical option in the EPC sector in the Middle East.  Implementing standardised designs and adopting a modular approach to processing units can significantly reduce project budgets, project schedules and construction site work, sometimes by as much as 30%,” said Alan McLean, Executive Vice President - Oil & Gas, SNC-Lavalin Middle East. “This can really be a game-changer for an industry whose players need to spend less for the same output and to the same high standards. Our standardised solutions allow them to do this.” 

SNC-Lavalin will be present at ADIPEC 2016, taking place this week, to show visitors the benefits of these standardised and modularised solutions through a series of highly informative interactive displays of its oil and gas projects at its stand number CN15 on the concourse. The company will also showcase its training and simulations capabilities using interactive virtual reality technology. On Tuesday, November 8, Peter Dennis will present an ePoster session on “Improving Electrical System Efficiency in Oil & Gas Facilities,” and on Wednesday, November 9, John Jeffers will deliver a technical session on “Achieving Predictable Outcomes for Modular Construction in Mega Projects” in Capital Suite 19.  

During the first half of 2016, SNC-Lavalin won contracts worth more than USD 1.1 Billion in the region, mostly in the oil and gas sector. Representative ongoing oil and gas projects include: asphalt production facility contract for Saudi Aramco’s Ras Tanura Refinery in Saudi Arabia, engineering consultancy for Oryx GTL in Qatar, oil processing facility  EPC work for Exxonmobil’s West Qurna 1 field in Iraq and a wastewater treatment project for LAFFAN Refinery 2 for QatarGas.  

Mr. McLean added, “As we have observed, despite the low oil price environment, governments have prioritised energy investments to meet rising energy demand and maintain potential of existing assets. Additionally, there is a gradual shift towards alternative sources of energy, such as shale and solar. It is therefore more imperative for the energy industry to have access to innovative, robust but, above all, affordable project delivery options, such as modularisation and standardisation, to enhance all aspects of project delivery. These solutions help achieve much greater speed to market and at a lower cost, removing unnecessary levels of complexity without impacting the quality of delivery and output.”

In 2014, SNC-Lavalin acquired Kentz, a global engineering and construction solutions provider to form an oil & gas group of 20,000 people world-wide, with approximately 10,000 in the Middle East. Together, the firm is a tier 1 engineering and construction leader, offering client-focused, end-to-end engineering and construction solutions across upstream, midstream and downstream projects to many of the world’s leading energy companies.

About SNC-Lavalin

Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. From offices in over 50 countries, SNC-Lavalin's employees are proud to build what matters. Our teams provide engineering, procurement, construction, completions and commissioning services together with a range of sustaining capital services to clients in four industry sectors, oil and gas, mining and metallurgy, infrastructure and power. SNC-Lavalin can also combine these services with its financing and operations and maintenance capabilities to provide complete end-to-end project solutions. 

For over 40 years, SNC-Lavalin has been successfully delivering first-class projects to the Middle East across all our sectors - Oil & Gas, Mining & Metallurgy, Infrastructure and Power. SNC-Lavalin has over 11,000 employees, over 100 ongoing projects and 11 regional offices in the Middle East. Based in Abu Dhabi, the company has executed over 300 projects worth close to $12 billion in the last 10 years. Work sites include Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Iraq, with engineering centers in Saudi Arabia (the largest), UAE (Abu Dhabi and Dubai) and Qatar, supported by a high value engineering center in Mumbai, India. www.snclavalin.com

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