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Minister welcomes Irish firms' success during her Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission to the Gulf

Minister O'Sullivan welcomes announcements by CES Energy; Jennings O'Donovan and Partners; and Pivotal International during Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission to Saudi Arabia and Qatar


Sligo company Jennings O’Donovan & Partners announces €2.8m deal
on Middle East Trade Mission

Sligo-headquartered company Jennings O’Donovan & Partners today (Wednesday, 19th October 2011) announced that it has secured a contract of €2.8m as Primary Infrastructure Designers to the Diyar Al Muharraq Development in the Gulf.  

The announcement was made during this week’s Enterprise Ireland trade mission to Saudi Arabia and Qatar led by the Minister for Trade and Development, Jan O’Sullivan, TD.

Jennings O’Donovan & Partners is an Irish firm of consulting civil and environmental engineers who have carried out work in Ireland, the Middle East and Eastern Europe throughout its 60-year existence. It employs 45 people in Sligo and another 22 through its offices in Bahrain, Riyadh and Bucharest.   The company’s specialist skills are 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 O'Sullivan 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 $215 billion under way this year.  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 services’.

Located on the northern shores of Muharraq, the DIYAR AL MUHARRAQ project will provide a cohesive mix of residential and commercial properties with housing opportunities for over 100,000 people in around 30,000 housing units. The boundaries cover an area of 12 square kilometers. The project’s anticipated total investment value is BHD1.2 billion (US$ 3.2 billion) with Kuwait Finance House as the major investor. By being the first development with a dedicated focus on providing a variety of housing options, it will open up new and exciting real estate ownership opportunities across all groups of society in Bahrain.

DIYAR AL MUHARRAQ is being built to extremely high specifications and as such, the standard of infrastructure will be first class. Jennings O’Donovan & Partners will be key to the delivery of such infrastructure through their role for the design and supervision of the main arteries through the site including highways, bridges, water supply, waste water, storm water, irrigation, electricity and telecommunications.

Jennings O’Donovan’s Bahrain office was set up in 2009. As an Enterprise Ireland client, Jennings O’Donovan & Partners visited Saudi Arabia in May 2010 on a Market Study Visit and during November 2010 on a Trade Mission. This has resulted in the establishment, this year, of an office in Riyadh. During recent months, six of the company’s Irish staff have relocated to the Middle East while several others in the Sligo office are engaged on projects in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

David Kiely, Director of Jennings O’Donovan & Partners said:
Jennings O’Donovan & Partners have worked in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Jordan over many years. 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 added:
The Gulf region is a key growth market for Irish exports.  Contracts such as this one secured by Jennings O’Donovan & Partners are hard won and 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.  As a company, they embody all of the ingredients essential to winning business in challenging export markets.  We look forward to continuing to support Jennings O’Donovan & Partners grow their international business’.

The trade mission with 45 companies to Saudi Arabia and Qatar is aimed at building business linkages, securing lucrative contracts and creating jobs at home. The 45 companies on the mission span a wide range of sectors including telecoms and software, financial services, education, engineering and construction services, healthcare and aviation.  Enterprise Ireland is working with them in the region to strengthen their business links in the Gulf States, develop strategic partnerships and win new business contracts.  Many already have a strong presence in these markets and this mission is an opportunity for participating companies to build relationships with existing and potential customers.


Pivotal International announces €750,000 contract for
 new hospital design project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Pivotal International with its headquarters in Waterford today (Monday, 17th October, 2011) announced that it has secured a contract for over €750,000 to complete the detailed design of the prestigious New Dr. Solaiman Fakeeh Hospital (DSFH) & Trauma Centre in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as Sub-Consultant to the Main Consultant SAK Consultant Office.

The announcement was made during this week’s Enterprise Ireland trade mission of 45 companies to Saudi Arabia and Qatar led by the Minister for Trade and Development, Jan O’Sullivan T.D.

Pivotal International is a multi-discipline consultancy, made up of four established Irish based built environment service companies called Nevin Construction, Fewer Harrington & Partners Architects, Thomas Garland & Partners and MacArdle McSweeney Associates. Pivotal International provides full professional services in the form of a one-stop shop from project inception through to construction stage and successful completion.  The seed idea was developed collectively by the members to offer the combined high skills base of each of the respective teams in one brand, one point of contact, one contract to the construction sector in the Gulf region.

Welcoming the announcement Minister O’Sullivan said:  ‘Saudi Arabia is a key target market for Irish firms with major infrastructure and development projects underway in the country.  This is a highly significant contract for Pivotal International, and confirms that business opportunities for Irish firms in this sector are strong.  The openings are there for Irish companies to impress with their expertise, innovation and customer service, strengthen their business linkages and grow their export sales’.

SAK Consultant Office (Lead Consultant) has teamed up with Pivotal International and American based Architects KMD to deliver the new DSFH & Trauma Centre in Jeddah which is set to be the most prestigious and advanced hospital facility in the region.  The excellent working relationship and understanding between SAK and Pivotal from this project has resulted in the shared proposal for the development for a SAK Pivotal office in Jeddah and to be called Al Jazeera Pivotal.

SAK Consultant Office in their own right are an extremely successful and well established Architectural practice in the KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and their founder Sheikh Solaiman El Khereiji has been leading the way with award winning designs and developments across the region.  The combined forces of local skills and knowledge with international expertise has been an interesting proposition for delivering best in practice to the Jeddah market comments Sheikh Solaiman.  Sheikh Solaiman also states “I have encouraged our teams to join and explore the possibilities of our core strengths, we are delighted to have joined with Pivotal and we look forward to exciting and challenging projects in the future”. 

Paul Farrell, Pivotal International Business Development Director for the KSA region stated: “Over the past two years Pivotal International has worked hard to break into the KSA market. It is a testament to our commitment and belief in our abilities that we have been able to present ourselves to clients and for them to have the belief in us that has resulted in our appointment to such a high profile project.  We see this as a real opportunity to show our wears and hopefully this will promote our specialist skills to the health sector market in the region”.

Frank Ryan, CEO of Enterprise Ireland added: “The Gulf region is a key growth market for Irish construction services firms.  The success of Pivotal International in winning this prestigious contract shows that Irish companies are rich in experience and expertise that is highly valued in these markets.  This trade mission is aimed at establishing long terms business partnerships, building exports, winning new business and sustaining and creating jobs at home.  The region offers tremendous potential to companies such as Pivotal International, and Enterprise Ireland will continue to support them to grow their international business”.


Work powers ahead for Irish company CES Energy on 25 year Energy Supply Contract for the tallest building in Jeddah with a $150million total project value

Minister for Trade and Development, Jan O’Sullivan TD, joined Irish company CES Energy on a site visit to the HQ Building in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where the company has won a contract from Adeem Al Wataniya Group, a local developer to supply all the power, cooling, heating and water requirements.  The visit was made during this week’s Enterprise Ireland trade mission of 45 companies to Saudi Arabia and Qatar, led by Minister O’Sullivan.

The HQ building, a 245,000sqm, 52 storey mixed use development, is the tallest tower block in Jeddah, and has an iconic design that dominates the Jeddah Corniche landscape.  As the HQ building does not have a SEC grid connection, the design of the Energy Centre installation by CES Energy was critical. This innovative system was fully designed from its Irish Head Office  in conjunction with its local KSA engineering resources. The energy will be supplied on a BOOT(Build Own Operate and Transfer) contract for 25 years and will also operate and maintain the energy centre for the 25 year concession contract giving certainty to the developer in terms of energy and utilities supply. 

Tom Marren, Managing Director CES Energy said:  ‘We are delighted to be involved in such a strategic project as the HQ building. We see huge growth in the Gulf region and we will require additional engineering and project management staff for our offices in Dublin, Jeddah and Qatar’.

Commenting on progress to date Minister O’Sullivan said:  ‘CES Energy is a highly innovative company with strong market awareness.  This is a highly significant contract won by an ambitious company – it’s an indicator of the world class standard and reputation of Irish products and services’.