Ahmed Yehia, Wood Group PSN branch manager for our operations in Egypt, says he is driven by the sheer potential for growth in this region, which is the second largest dry natural gas producer and one of the largest oil producers in Africa.
Ahmed was appointed into his current position in 2012 and brings over a decade of local experience to the role. Based in our regional office in Cairo, he has worked for the company for nine years progressing from administration specialist to senior project accountant, before taking on the role of branch manager.
Ahmed says: “There are tremendous opportunities for growth in Egypt and our commitment is to forming local partnerships that will ensure decades of sustainable oil & gas production for the country”.
“Our Africa region business already includes 3000 people working in a number of countries across the continent and we see Egypt as a key part of our continued business growth strategy for the future. We have a long history of successful operations in Egypt and have worked on key rejuvenation projects since 2003, to refresh and modernise assets in the Gulf of Suez. In 2016 our focus is on building on our track record, developing our presence and growing our engineering office in Cairo.
“Being based in-country means I’m able to focus on developing local connections to help us realise our long-term potential. Working with our three strategic business units – Wood Group PSN, Wood Group Kenny and Wood Group Mustang – we are able to offer an impressive range of subsea, engineering, production support and maintenance management services to this region, allowing us to support our clients’ assets from concept, throughout the full asset lifecycle and into decommissioning.”
Having the opportunity to give back to the local community is a rewarding aspect of Ahmed’s role. He says: “We are committed to sustainability wherever we operate and are dedicated to investing in the local economy. We do this by tapping into the local supply chain and investing in local resources. Our proven record in competency management means we have fully nationalised project teams in many of our operations in Africa, including Cameroon, Algeria, Chad and Nigeria.
“Working with local organisations is a key success factor for us and we have established a partnership with the engineering arm of a major organisation in Egypt, allowing us to bid as a consortium for significant pieces of work.
“As part of this partnership we are committed to training local engineers to ensure they become an integrated part of our team. Our Wood Group Kenny Galway location will become the home office for some of these engineers who will receive valuable training, which they can transfer back to the local region. Contract management and administration will be carried out in Cairo, along with support from the UK team, making us a truly global network.”