The Business Year

Shizuka Ikawa

Managing Director, Chiyoda Almana

Chiyoda has detailed engineering experience and a capability to grasp the technical requirements of existing plants, and applies this knowledge to ensure they continue to run at optimum capacity, as well as continually upgrade and improve to meet our clients’ needs. We also carry out the full procurement of all required piping, equipment, and construction. Our clients come to us with concerns and requirements when a particular part of the plant is not working at full capacity or requires technical improvement, and we review the project and deliver the full engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) solution. RasGas and Qatargas are the key companies for LNG production in Qatar, although we also maintain close relationships through long-term engineering or EPCM contracts with many other companies.

Ibrahim J. Al-Othman

CEO & Member of the Board of Directors, Gulf Drilling International

Gulf Drilling International (GDI) started with one rig, Al-Doha, in 2004. Since then, we have expanded our share in onshore and offshore drilling markets in Qatar. We have also expanded into the accommodation and liftboat business. We have gone from one offshore jack-up rig, at start-up, to six jack-up rigs, six onshore rigs, one accommodation barge, and one liftboat. The number of rigs will shortly increase, and we will have two more jack-ups over the next 12 months. I would argue that we have done well in our first decade. We originally had a small office with about 100 staff, but today employ more than 1,200 staff. Globally, drilling is in an upward cycle. We have been fortunate to have our new rigs launching from at a time when demand is good.

Alan Frederick Hinder

CEO, Alan Frederick Hinder

What we do here is energy and petrochemicals service contracting. We provide industrial services to the petrochemical industry, which involves plant turnaround and complete shutdowns, as well as engineering, fabrication, and construction. We can build tanks, processing units, equipment for processing units, supply maintenance, and service contracts to existing clients. We provide services for maintenance, repair, and rebuilding, plus valve overhauling. This basically encompasses all we do in the oil and gas sector. Voith enjoys a very good name in Europe. I think that when compared with many local companies that have been around for a while, a new entrant with a reputation like ours attracts positive attention. Qatar is basically a springboard to the rest of the Gulf for us.

K. Vishwanath

Regional Director Projects, Middle East & India, Brunel Energy

Brunel Energy launched its Qatar operations in 2001 with a small contract. We later landed a couple of maintenance contracts for the secondment of technicians and supervisors with Qatargas and RasGas employing about 25-40 people on a three-year contract. Since then, Brunel Energy has expanded considerably. Our revenues were close to QAR7 million initially; however, in 2012, we closed at about QAR85 million. Our expertise lies in finding the right people and providing them to the energy industry. We work with global companies like ExxonMobil, Shell, Total, and GDF SUEZ.



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