2019 marks the 50th anniversary of ECG. How do you assess your company's contribution to the development of the MENA region over this timespan?
Over the course of a distinguished 49 years since foundation in 1969, ECG had undertaken a substantial list of landmark projects across three continents. With a strong team of more than 2,800 permanent engineers, operating through 12 branches in Europe and the MENA region, ECG have successfully delivered more than 2,000 projects, for leading government and private sector Clients in 28 countries. We cover major engineering and construction sectors, including power, transportation, water, defense, hospitality, and healthcare.
What are some of the major projects you have worked on in Qatar?
Since 2002, ECG has been working with a variety of major Clients in Qatar, including the PEO , Kahramaa, Ashghal, QP, Qatar Rail, the Supreme Committee for Legacy, ASPIRE, KATARA, Lusail, Al Jazeera Network, as well as a number of major Private Clients. We have successfully delivered more than 200 Projects in the State of Qatar including the New Naval Base in Masaeed, the Banana Island, the Training Pitches for the FIFA 2022 scheme, the energy centers of 4 FIFA stadiums, the Ras Laffan Water Scheme for Kahramaa, Al Jazeera new Arabic studios, the development of station area planning and the Real-State Development for Qatar Rail, the Lakhuya Stadium in Al Duhail, the JW Marriott new Tower in West Bay, high rise Towers and Royal Palaces in addition to a number of wastewater treatment plants, roads, Health care Centers, schools, and mosques for Ashghal.
How is ECG involved in the preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup?
We are proud to work closely with the Supreme Committee for Legacy for the FIFA 2022 World Cup Projects. We have delivered the detail design of the energy centers for four of the major stadia including Al Rayyan, Al Wakrah, and Ras Abou Aboud. These energy centers secure the infrastructure requirements of district cooling, water, wastewater, irrigation, and electrical power. ECG also delivered the detail design of the World Cup training pitches to the latest requirements of the FIFA taking the strict FIFA's security and environmental requirements into consideration. This will be the earliest delivered project for the FIFA world cup.
How do you assess your position in the market, and what are your main strengths and competitive advantages?
ECG achieved business success through design excellence and leadership in the construction industry. We apply latest Quality systems in management, sustainability, HSE, and environment to the latest international standards (ISO and OHSAS). ECG is today ranked within the top Global Design firms according to the ENR (15th in Hospitality, 16th in office buildings, 19th in education, 21th in transmission lines, and 25th in health care). We apply a robust Projects Control system to monitor the performance throughout the project life cycle. At the end, the success of our projects measures our performance; 70% of our projects come from repeat clients who appreciate the value and great service we deliver. Our design solution is tailored to suit the project and client, no matter the size of the project is. Our engineers are well acquainted with national and international Standards and codes of practice, in addition to having the capacity to deliver almost the full range of professional engineering services from project identification, feasibility studies, engineering design, till project management and construction supervision. Today, ECG, with almost 400 employees in Qatar, in addition to more than 300 design engineers fully dedicated to Qatar Projects in ECG Center of excellence in Cairo, is proudly maintaining a solid share of the Qatar construction market.
How has the blockade impacted the economy and specifically your operations?
After one year of blockade, Qatar has succeeded in mitigating the social and economic aspects of the blockade. The economy of Qatar was strong enough to show its resilience coming through this tough period to overcome all the difficulties specially anticipated shortage in construction materials and food items. The fact that the private sector reacted quickly and invested in major projects especially food security, was crucial. The Qatar Prime Material Company was able to find alternative suppliers for construction materials in a very short time, to ensure continuous material supply and prevent any delays in construction especially in the FIFA World Cup and the mega infrastructure related Projects. A huge factor in normalizing the situation was the government's major food security project in Hamad Port, which is now able to receive major deliveries and hold a strategic reserve of food. The crisis has bolstered Qatar; the country has become more self-reliant by enhancing domestic production.