Consolidated Contractors Company: Trailblazing construction in the Middle East
One of the best tests of a company’s credentials is its longevity. Within the Middle East region, a glut of construction companies has developed over the past few decades, but few can measure the experience of Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), one of the true pioneers of construction across the area.
The CCC story began in 1952 when it became one of the first Arab construction companies, when the late Kamel Abdul-Rahman, the late Hasib Sabbagh, and the late Said Khoury, joined forces to establish a new company.
“After decades of growth, CCC continues to practice the same style of management incorporated at its founding, a style based on mutual trust with clients, ease of communication, and smooth collaboration across locations and departments. Since the company’s humble beginnings, the CCC Group has expanded to include several subsidiaries, augmenting CCC’s regional and international status. Today, CCC leads the industry in the adoption of new technology to improve construction efficiency and enhance project controls,” states the corporate website.
With its headquarters in Athens, Greece, today CCC remains focussed on construction, delivering project management, engineering, procurement and construction services. It employs in the region of 130,000 people on a global basis.
In 2013 the business was considered the largest construction company in the Middle East and ranked among the top 25 international contractors with a revenue of 5.3 billion USD.
The organisation operates to world class levels and is both ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified, with the highest level of commitment to HSE. CCC is also ISO 9001:2008 certified company and puts high emphasis on its Quality management.
Unsurprisingly, given CCC’s credentials, the company is linked to many large, technical and high profile projects.
The company has a well-established reputation with the oil and gas sector, building plants, refineries and petrochemical facilities, as well as pipelines, desalination plants, light industries, water and sewage treatment plants, airports, seaports, providing heavy civil works and developing dams, reservoirs, road networks and skyscrapers.
Reports indicate that CCC is involved in the extensive construction of the Riyadh Metro system.
The company also constructed the Azerbaijani section of The Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan crude oil pipeline, running 1,768 kilometres long from the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli oil field in the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. This marks it as the second longest oil pipeline in the former Soviet Union and the scope of CCC’s work encompassed engineering, procurement, installation, construction and the commissioning of an 886 kilometre crude oil and gas pipeline.
But CCC’s abilities are much wider and the company was responsible for the construction of the $1 billion Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, home to the president, Crown prince and Ministers.
This impressive building is set on a 1,500,000 square metres including the palace.
Another major project saw CCC form a joint venture with Saipem to construct the main works at the Karachaganak field in western Kazakhstan. The projects’ s value was about 1.1 billion dollars and the contract covered civil works, infrastructures and mechanical works related to a production unit and gas reinjection facilities, a gas process plant and a pipeline with a pumping station and terminal.
In Abu Dhabi, the company contributed to the construction of the Offshore Associated Gas Project, and Habshan Facilities, and the largest ethylene cracker in the world.
Elsewhere in the Gulf, CCC has been working on a number of major projects in Qatar, including: Khursaniyah Producing Facilities & Gas Plants in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. The Khalifa Sports Hall, Doha, Qatar. This new sports hall is the world’s largest air-conditioned indoor facility of its kind.
CCC also built the Nile Corniche Project in Cairo: One of the largest construction projects in Egypt and the Ritz Carlton hotel in Doha.
The company was also responsible for the construction of the largest gas to liquids (GTL) project in the world, when it completed the Qatargas 3 & 4 LNG Plant, encompassing the largest LNG trains 6 & 7 in Qatar, the largest LNG trains in the world.
With these two trains completed, CCC can proudly announce that it is the most experienced worldwide liquified natural gas (LNG) construction contractor, having achieved the completion of 17 LNG Trains with a total capacity of 82 MTPA, equivalent to 30 per cent of all LNG facilities in the world.
Elsewhere, CCC constructed the world-famous Dubai Mall, the largest shopping centre on the planet.
The project comprised of a 515,000 m² mall area, a 550,000 m² car parking area, and a district cooling plant building of 42,000 refrigeration tons.
The Dubai Mall boasts the acclaimed Dubai Aquarium, which is a 270 degree walk through tunnel and the world’s largest viewing window. The Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Center which is an education ecology and marine life experience centre, clinched the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Acrylic Panel, measuring 32.88 meters wide × 8.3 m high x 750 mm thick, and weighing 245,614 kg.
Aviation has been a strong area of growth across the Middle East and CCC has been involved in a number of major airport projects.
It formed part of a joint venture with TAV and Arabtec, on the vast Midfield Terminal building at Abu Dhabi International Airport, one of the largest airport projects ever conceived and will more than double passenger capacity at Abu Dhabi International Airport to 47 million people, in line with passenger projections up until at least 2030.
CCC also teamed up with TAV on a joint-venture to carry out all of the civil works on the ambitious Muscat International Airport expansion program and was heavily involved in the construction of the new the Hamad International Airport in Qatar.
At the time of writing, 2017 is only a matter of weeks old and in its relative infancy, yet it has been a busy time for CCC.
In January it was announced that the company has built and tested an active radio frequency identification-based solution to automatically capture data regarding the comings and goings of thousands of workers at several gas-production plants in the region.
The system was first used for a project at the Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) refinery, in Oman, to track 4,000 construction workers as they arrived and departed in approximately 50 buses each day.
The construction firm has also been testing other RFID systems for yard and warehouse management, as well as for fuel station management. Next year, the company plans to install the yard and warehouse asset-management and access-control systems during future projects.
The firm has approximately 35 projects under way throughout the Middle East and Europe, with as many as 130,000 workers at its various worksites and offices. Its worksites can be complex, with a variety of operations taking place, and with employees and contractors undertaking a variety of tasks while travelling onto and off the sites daily. To track who comes and goes from each site, personnel traditionally must be stationed at the exits and entrances to manually authenticate and record those passing through the gates. With thousands of workers on some sites, this process can be not only time-consuming but vulnerable to errors, so the company is looking to embrace the latest technology.
In the meantime, in early February, the first cranes arrived on the site of the new Egyptian project to build the Almaza City Centre retail mall in Cairo.
Once again CCC is involved in this project, in a joint-venture with Hassan Allam Sons.
CCC has been a part of the construction landscape in the Middle East for over 60 years now and its innovation, energy and focus on traditional family values are set to stand the company in good stead for many decades to come.