2019 RPME Top 30 EPC Contractors: MMEC Mannesmann ranked No. 24

Fifty years of experience in implementing projects

Fujairah water transmission system – Phase 1&2.
Fujairah water transmission system – Phase 1&2.

The roots of MMEC Mannesmann dates back to 1890 when its founders Max and Reinhard Mannesmann started the German company with a vision of creating a diversified portfolio of projects and technologies, within a wide range of industries and long-term alliances with technology partners. Through partnerships and brand innovation, the purpose-led company grew from Mannesmann AG in 1955 into what is MMEC Mannesmann today.

Throughout the journey of MMEC Mannesmann, the primary objective has been to achieve project execution excellence. Through technological independence, the company is able to execute turnkey projects from conceptual stages to project delivery.

MMEC opened its Branch in 2017, but the official opening was postponed to November of 2018 due to its workload and activities. In November 2018, MMEC Mannesmann announced the opening of its branch office in Abu Dhabi that will function as a regional headquarters to meet the growing demand for speciality services in oil and gas, chemical, metals and mining, and renewables sectors in the Middle East region. MMEC has been awarded its first project, which is called ADNOC Sour Gas Sulphur Pipeline Project, months after its opening in the region.

The German engineering contractor is known for executing complex projects (upstream and downstream) for oil and gas, and chemical and petrochemical industries, covering the entire cycle from early project development, feasibility studies, including hydraulic and case studies, conceptual and basic design, front-end engineering design up to the implementation of turnkey projects.

The company, which has more than 50 years of experience in implementing projects over 80 countries, is currently working on a number of projects across the region, including sulphur pipeline project from ADNOC Sour Gas in Abu Dhabi.

The large-scale EPC turnkey contract awarded in 2018 involves installing the entire pipeline system with a capacity to transport 10,000tpd liquid sulphur, 50% over current capacity, to the sulphur granulation station, around 7km north, via pipeline.

Under the leadership of general manager Anas Al Juaidi, the Abu Dhabi team will work closely with existing office in Dubai and the headquarters in Germany towards strengthening the company’s presence in the region and leverage on the opportunities arising from the oil and gas, chemical and mining sectors.

“On the back of oil price going up by more than 60% in the past two years, reaching today equivalent levels of 2015, the MENA region’s economy is projected to grow at over 3% in 2019, and, according to the World Bank, is expected to remain strong for the next two years. This, along with various ongoing policy and economic reforms, will continue to drive growth for key infrastructure, oil and gas, mining and renewables sectors,” said Oliver Apelt, CEO, MMEC Mannesmann.

MMEC Mannesmann has been executing a wide range of services for complex projects in the region, including water transmission system – Phase 1&2 – Fujairah, petroleum coke calcining plant – UAE, North East BAB – Phase 1 – UAE, petroleum coke calcining plant – Bahrain, and Sohar calciner – Oman. The Middle East and Africa region contributes significantly to the company’s total business volume.

“We consider our decision to open an office in the UAE is a significant strategic move and has come at a time when the region is going through an exciting period. This will allow us to collaborate with new partners and leverage on the new opportunities that this region offers,” added Apelt.

“We are excited to expand our presence in the UAE to develop new and deeper cooperation with local clients with whom we wish to achieve a common goal of delivering world-class projects in most smart, safe and sustainable manners, using our global expertise and technological know-how,” said Al Juaidi.

“With a strong local base, we are committed to helping our customers to invest in, explore and develop new projects, and look forward to further contributing to the region’s development legacy.”

MMEC Mannesmann, which was operating, until first quarter 2016, under the name of Technip Germany as member of Technip Group, uses its experience of working on a diversified range of projects and technologies across the industries to select and recommend the best solutions for its customers.

MMEC Mannesmann also offers licensing for the leading petroleum coke calcining technology and supply required propriety equipment. It has already offered this technology for the carbon black project of ADNOC Refining. MMEC Mannesmann aims to triple the growth of the company in five years’ time.  While the company’s general manager and board member are registered members of GPCA, the general manager and CEO are registered members of Saudi Downstream Forum.

The petroleum coke calcining plant project of ADNOC Refining in the UAE is among the projects completed by MMEC Mannesmann between January 2018 and December 2018 in the Middle East. At the moment, MMEC together with ACWA Power is currently developing the Sohar Calcining in Oman and just recently opened the Sohar Calcining Company. Some of the major projects that the company will be involved in the region in the next 12 months are the sulphur pipeline project of ADNOC Sour Gas in the UAE and EPC of the Sohar Calciner project in Oman.

The three most important Middle Eastern markets for MMEC Mannesmann are the UAE, Oman and Saudi Arabia, in the order of the market size. The single biggest opportunity for the company over the next 12 months in the Middle East is the pipeline projects coming up in the region.

In-Country Value (ICV) initiative of the UAE has become the biggest challenge for MMEC Mannesmann as the company has just recently opened the branch in Abu Dhabi, and has to play the game along with old and current players in the region. In fact, the company’s ICV has improved a lot and is performing better than its competitors over time, and the company aspires to improve more and perform better in the long term by developing their ICV approach and strategy.

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