China Civil builds on its Saudi success

China Civil builds on its Saudi success :China Civil, a top engineering construction corporation from China, is currently involved in a number of major projects in Saudi Arabia, including the Haramain High Speed Railway Phase 1 Package 1 project (HHR P1P1 for short) and construction of a tunnel at the intersection of King Abdulaziz Road with Palestine Street and Al-Hamra Street in Jeddah (KAAT).

Another major project it is handling is the civil and track works contract CTW400 — Az Zabirah Junction to King Khaled International Airport (from Ghassim to Riyadh).

This was disclosed to Arab News by Wen Wu, general manager of the company in Riyadh, on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

His company is also constructing a bridge at the intersection of Arafat Road with Al-Kharj Road in Riyadh (BIAK for short); besides three bridges (Abu Bakar Intersection, Hamza Intersection and Prince Muteb Intersection) in Najran.

Wu underlined China Civil’s commitment to serve the Kingdom in the construction sector, especially in railways with its three advantages in technical knowhow, financing and cost-effectiveness.

Providing an overview of his company, which was established in 1979, Wu said that the firm — as one of the pioneers of the projects performing international contracting and economic cooperation — has been developed from the earlier Foreign Aid Bureau of the Ministry of Railways of China into a large-scale state-owned enterprise with Chinese National Super Grade Qualification for railway project contracting.

It has been listed among the world’s top 225 international contractors for many years by the Engineering News Record.
“Since its execution of Tanzania-Zambia Railway, the biggest economic-aid project undertaken by China in 1960s, the company has been in constant development. At present, its business scope covers project contracting, civil engineering design and consultancy, real estate development, import and export trading, hotel management, etc.,” he noted.

According to him, the company’s business activities have spread to more than 60 countries in Asia, Africa, America, Europe and Oceania with its overseas offices or subsidiaries established in more than 40 countries and regions.

By the end of 2011, the number of core staff of the firm had exceeded 3,000 and that of foreign employees exceeded 10,000, with annual newly-signed contract value of $ 8.466 billion among which a turnover of $ 1.119 billion had been achieved.

He said: “In recent years, we have achieved rapid development, undertaking and executing numerous key projects ranging from railway, light rail, expressway to bridges, buildings, and municipal works.”

He added: “We have successfully signed the contracts for many large-scale projects in the past three years, such as Algerian 175 km Double Line Electrified Railway Project (contract value:1.728 billion euros) in 2009, Nigerian Railway Modernization Project (Abuja-Kaduna) (contract value: $850 million) in 2010, Nigerian Costal Railway Project Framework Contract (contract value: $13.1 billion) in 2014, and many other large-scale railway and expressway projects in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Nigeria and Chad in 2011. The contract value of the railway project between Ethiopia and Djibouti reached $1.702 billion.

By the end of 2011, he said the number of projects under execution amounted to 128 with a total contract value of $8.385 billion, which in turn guarantees the company for its sustainable business development and ever growing strength in project contracting.

While consolidating and expanding its project contracting market, China Civil is also developing its diversified business and specialized professional edges, thus strengthening its financing capability to expand its business scope.

Adhering to the concept of “human-oriented, scientific management, sustained improvement, striving for excellence,” the firm will continue to deepen its cooperation with friends all over the world for a win-win situation for both.

China Civil builds on its Saudi success

China Civil builds on its Saudi success

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