In July 2014, SPIE Oil & Gas Services Saudi LLC was awarded an agreement with Al Safwa Cement Company, a joint venture between Lafarge and El Khayat, to supply advisory services and technical supervision during the construction of the new Alata’a cement plant. With this project, SPIE Oil & Gas Services Saudi LLC will be applying its expertise and skills for the benefit of Saudi Arabia’s fast-growing cement industry, where rapid urban development is generating strong demand for cement, currently met by imports. Yet Saudi Arabia has no shortage of the sand required to make cement, and the world’s leading manufacturers are now ramping up their production capacity in the Kingdom.
New sector, new market, new client
The new cement plant is located about 160km from the city of Jeddah, on the west coast of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where a new airport is under construction. Launched in late August 2014, the two-year project will involve around 60 specialists, expatriate and Saudi. Under the terms of the agreement, SPIE Oil & Gas Services Saudi LLC, with input from SPIE Oil & Gas Services Middle East and Expertise teams under LAFARGE management, will oversee the start-up phase of the new facility until its completion.
An interesting opportunity for SPIE Oil & Gas services
“This first cement industry reference opens new doors for our future expansion into this special strategic region of Saudi Arabia,” said Christian Dumond, Director of SPIE Oil & Gas Services Middle East BU. “Investing in a sector other than Oil & Gas is a good opportunity to expand our offer on the Saudi market and reach out to new industrial clients. It’s also an opportunity to start international cooperation between SPIE Oil & Gas Services and Lafarge, which is now global leader in its sector following its merger with Holcim. A great reference and we strike to make everything possible to ensure that this first contract will be followed by other contracts in the region and wherever we operate around the world.”
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