QICC selects Amana to build cable factory
Qatar, October 25, 2009
Qatar International Cables Company, a Nexans company, has selected Amana Contracting & Steel Buildings, a leader in the industrial construction sector, for the construction of its cable factory in Messaieed Industrial City, Qatar.
This new-built plant will produce power cables, low-voltage, medium voltage and high voltage up to 80kV.
QICC, a joint venture company between Nexans, the worldwide leader in the cable industry (29 per cent), Special Projects Company (58 per cent), and Al Neama Industries Company (13 per cent) was established in June 2008.
QICC plans to start production from the new factory in the second half of 2010, to meet the demands of the oil and gas, utilities, infrastructure and building sectors.
The factory, with a total floor space of 19,000 sqm and located on a 70,000 sqm plot, is expected to generate revenues of $100 million by 2011. The huge plot size allows future expansion of the facility as the regional demand grows beyond the current production capacity.
This factory is considered among the largest in the Mena region and among the first cable factories in Qatar. QICC will not only focus on Qatar market, but will target GCC and Yemen markets.
“A big challenge was to identify the plot location, finalize the design, and select the contractor for the project,” stated Cyprien Federspiel, general manager of QICC.
Nexans has always been active across the Middle East region in oil and gas and infrastructure markets. The group 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 had recently supplied cables for several projects in Qatar such as Shell GTL Pearl, Ras Laffan Port, Qatalum Port, Qatar Gas Berth 6, Kahramaa expansion multiple phases.
This contract is one of several secured by Amana in Qatar this year. Present in Doha for over 12 years, Amana is a leading provider of turnkey and design-build construction solutions to the industrial sector.-TradeArabia News Service