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Nakilat, McDermott Form Fabrication JV

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Laxman Pai

Qatar's Nakilat and McDermott are establishing a 60:40 joint-venture (JV) company that provides offshore and onshore fabrication services in Qatar.

"The strategic partnership aims at increasing productivity levels at Nakilat's world-class Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard and developing local construction capabilities to support the increasing demand for the construction of offshore and onshore structures in Qatar," said the Qatari marine company providing the essential transportation link in the State of Qatar's LNG supply chain.

The agreement was signed in the attendance of His Excellency Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Minister of State for Energy Affairs, President & CEO of Qatar Petroleum.

The establishment of the new joint venture is aligned with Qatar's newly launched localization program, which is designed to enhance the resilience of the energy sector's supply chain. In addition, the program aims at creating new investment opportunities within the energy sector, which will significantly contribute to Qatar's economy.

This new joint-venture comes at a strategic time, with Qatar's ambition to localize its energy sector's supply chain and increase its liquefied natural gas production from 77 to 110 million tonnes per annum in the coming years. This project will provide a range of new services that will support Nakilat and its joint ventures to undertake the construction, maintenance, repair and refurbishment of offshore and onshore structures, and all types of vessels.

The joint venture will be operated from Nakilat's shipyard in Ras Laffan Industrial City. With extensive fabrication areas and excellent facilities such as a 270-metre construction hall and a 180-metre assembly workshop featuring four bays, the venture will be able to service the growing demand for offshore and onshore modular construction locally in Qatar.

In addition, the JV will be able to leverage on McDermott's renowned expertise inthe field of onshore and offshore construction and Nakilat's wealth of experience in providing fabrication services to Qatar's oil and gas industry.

Remarking on the occasion, Nakilat Chief Executive Officer Eng. Abdullah Al-Sulaiti said, "This venture comes as part of our strategy to diversify our portfolio, which will contribute towards the advancement of the Qatari economy and support the country's ambition to be the leading exporter of clean energy."

Eng. Abdullah added: "The establishment of this new joint venture will allow for better productivity and efficiency to be achieved at the shipyard and in supporting the localization and growth of Qatar's oil and gas industry In addition, it will ensure the transfer of knowledge and expertise to the local workforce and contribute towards the creation of a sustainable talent pipeline in Qatar, in alignment with Qatar National Vision 2030."

"We are very pleased to see this joint venture come to fruition," said Linh Austin, McDermott Senior Vice President, Middle East and North Africa. "This extension of our longstanding relationship with Nakilat is a natural continuation of McDermott's history of successful project execution in Qatar and will enable both companies to utilize synergies and build on the combined strength of our respective organizations for the benefit of our customers."

Feb 19, 2019

 

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