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Five Minutes With Fircroft: Qatar

28/03/2014

Fircroft QatarNeil Pinnock is an Account Manager at our Qatar office, and has been working at Fircroft since 2004. During that time, he has worked as a Recruitment Manager in our UK and Perth Offices, before taking up his current role in Doha. Below, Neil tells us more about the Oil and Gas industry in Qatar.

The sovereign Arab emirate of Qatar is the world’s number one exporter of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). It also boasts the third largest natural gas and oil reserves (in excess of 25 billion barrels), so it’s no surprise it has grown to become extremely influential on the global oil and gas stage.

Imperial Legacy
Qatar is located in the Middle East on the coast of the Persian Gulf, close to Bahrain, the UAE and Saudi Arabia. The country’s absolute monarchy has been ruled by the Al-Thani family since the mid-19th century, who have seen the country transform from pearl hunting and sea trade to the oil-based, rentier economy of today. Whilst the Al-Thani family have ruled for over 150 years, the emirate actually remained a British protectorate until it gained independence in 1971.

Fast forward 43 years and it’s clear to see the nation has come a long way. Oil exports have fuelled Qatar’s high income economy to become the world’s richest country per capita, whilst it is also the 19th most peaceful country in the world as measured by the Global Peace Index (GPI). The best result of any country in the Middle East. Qatar will host the Football World Cup in 2022 which shows how far the Arab state has come. The infrastructure required to host such a prestigious event will lead to significant growth across many industries.

Fircroft Qatar
Consequently, Qatar was an obvious location for Fircroft to extend its Middle East operations. Our office in Doha was set up in 2007, and since then, our recruitment activity has focused on the Oil and Gas and Petrochemical sectors. Typical roles we work on include Project Management, Facilities Engineering, Construction & Commissioning and HSE Management & Inspection.

We work with a number of high profile, global clients in the region and have contractors of many different nationalities currently on placement with them. I recently had the chance to meet with some of our contractors working on site at the Plateau Maintenance Project (PMP) in Ras Laffan City.

Plateau Maintenance Project
PMP is a complex project with a peak workforce of around 5,000 individuals. The project was initiated to meet the need for increased feed gas rates from offshore wells and to augment onshore plant processing facilities. This will allow handling of additional volumes and maintain the current production level of 10 million tons per annum (mtpa) of LNG.

Ras Laffan City itself is situated on the north east coast of Qatar, overlooking the Arabian Gulf and began operations in 1996. It is mandated to provide infrastructure, facilities and services in the city to enable the establishment and functioning of industries to exploit the State of Qatar’s vast gas reserves in the North Field. Its strategic location between the Far East and Europe on the international maritime shipping route, enables hydrocarbon products to be efficiently transported to markets all over the world.

I conducted the site visit along with my colleague, Faye, who is our account co-ordinator. Visits like these provide us with a real opportunity to catch up with both our contractors and clients and answer any questions they may have. The contractors we met on this occasion are working as Construction Engineers and Senior Safety Officers and are enjoying the challenge of working on this exciting project.

If you would like the opportunity to work on some of the most challenging Oil and Gas and Petrochemical projects in the Middle East, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Alternatively, you can browse our current jobs here.

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