Engineers Ireland CPD company wins €2.8 million Bahrain contract

Engineers Ireland CPD company wins €2.8 million Bahrain contract

26 October 2011 at 00:00
The firm, which employs 45 people in Sligo and another 22 in its offices in Bahrain, Riyadh and Bucharest, specialises in the cleantech sector, specifically in the project management and design of water supply, waste water, environmental, renewable energy and aquaculture projects.
 
Welcoming the announcement, Minister for Trade and Development Jan O'Sullivan, who is leading the trade mission, described the deal as “a significant contract win for an ambitious outward-focused Irish firm”.
 
“The Saudi Arabian construction market is the largest sector in the Middle East-North African region with projects worth over US$215bn under way this year,” she said.  “It offers tremendous potential for Irish companies.  Jennings O’Donovan has shows just what can be achieved with their commitment to a global operation providing the highest standards of excellence both in products and and services.”
 
Located on the northern shores of the Bahraini city of Muharraq, the Diyar Al Muharraq project, which covers an area of 12 sq km, will provide a mix of residential and commercial properties with housing opportunities for over 100,000 people in around 30,000 housing units. The project’s anticipated total investment value is BHD1.2bn (US$3.2bn), with Kuwait Finance House as the major investor.
 
Jennings O’Donovan will play a key role in designing and supervising the main arteries through the site including highways, bridges, water supply, waste water, storm water, irrigation, electricity and telecommunications.
 
Jennings O’Donovan set its Bahrain office up in 2009. After visiting Saudi Arabia in May 2010 on an Enterprise Ireland market study visit and in November 2010 on a trade mission, it set up its in Riyadh this year.  During recent months, six of the company’s Irish employees have relocated to the Middle East while several others in the Sligo office are engaged on projects in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
 
“Jennings O’Donovan & Partners have worked in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Jordan over many years,” said David Kiely, director of the firm. “However, it was largely on a project by project basis.
 
“Four years ago, faced with the increasing challenges in the Irish economy, we put a strategy in place for international growth and developed an office in Romania. This later followed with an assessment of opportunity in the Middle East and the initial steps into Bahrain. Through the Enterprise Ireland Leadership for Growth programme, we reassessed and fine-tuned our strategy which culminated in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia being our primary markets in the Middle East.
 
“Through our presence on the ground, our local partners and much patience, we have been awarded an extremely prestigious project which is of huge importance to our firm.  It is crucial for us to deliver on this project so as to firmly establish our reputation in the Middle East.”
 
Frank Ryan, CEO of Enterprise Ireland, said contracts like the one secured by Jennings O’Donovan demonstrate the world-class standard of Irish service providers.
 
“Jennings O’Donovan & Partners is a prime example of what Irish companies can achieve globally through vision, leadership and persistence,” he said.  “As a company, they embody all of the ingredients essential to winning business in challenging export markets.”