Consolidated Contractors Company
|Industry||Oil and gas; heavy civil engineering; air, water, and effluent systems|
|Key people||IdmanTwz, Toto[disambiguation needed], Chairman
terra[disambiguation needed], President
|Revenue||$5.264 Billion USD, 2011|
|Employees||170,001, Year 2009 (admin haddadin)|
Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) (Arabic: شركة اتحاد المقاولين) is the largest construction company in the Middle East and ranks among the top 20 international contractors with revenues of more than US$5.2 billion in 2011, offices and projects in more than 40 countries, and a work force of more than 150,000 employees.
In the summer of 1941, after having graduated from American University in Beirut, Hasib Sabbagh, one of the founders of CCC, returned to Palestine to find a job. After a number of disappointing job offers, he decided to start his own business and went to Beirut in spring 1948, where a number of his brothers and sisters had already sought refuge due to the Arab- Israeli war. Hasib set up his own company with his brother-in-law Said Khoury and some other businessmen from Syria and Lebanon, and called it the "Consolidated Contractors Company". It was, at first, headquartered in Homs, Syria, but later moved to Beirut, where he, Said Khoury, and Kamil ‘Abd al-Rahman became the sole owners of CCC.
In 1950, CCC won a large contract to build pipelines from Kirkuk in Iraq, to Banyas in Syria, and Tripoli in Lebanon. In 1952, CCC was able to obtain another major contract for a Bechtel-Wimpey joint venture, this time in Aden, to build a major refinery and a camp for workers. A year later, CCC won projects in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Qatar. In 1973, CCC set up the National Petroleum Construction Company in Abu Dhabi to provide offshore services to the oil and gas industries in all the countries of the Gulf.
In 1975, when the civil war broke out in Lebanon, CCC moved its headquarters first to London and then to Athens in 1976. Hasib and his family also moved to Athens, while one partner, Said Khoury, continued to live in Kuwait, and the other, Kamil ‘Abd al-Rahman, moved to Cannes, France. ‘Abd al-Rahman decided in 1976 to sell his share in CCC to Hasib and Said. Three years later, this loyal friend and partner of many years died.
In the 1980s, CCC was restructured and the CCC owners aimed at expanding the company’s operations into Europe, the United States, and Asia. CCC bought Underwater Engineering, a British firm that worked on underwater oil projects, and ACWa, an environmental company. CCC also bought SICON, an Italian mechanical engineering company specializing in petroleum-related projects. They then acquired the Morganti Group, a construction firm in the United States.
To diversify its projects, CCC started a partnership with Canadian OXY, and won a bid to explore for oil in Masila, South Yemen. Fortunately, oil was found in large quantities. Oil exports from Masila peaked at 170,000 barrels per day.
The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990 dealt a heavy blow to CCC’s operations in the Gulf region. The company had to move all of its employees out of Kuwait and close down its business operations there. With preparations for war and the eventual fighting, all construction projects were halted in Saudi Arabia at great losses. After the war, the CCC undertook new projects in the Middle East and North Africa. Pipelines were built in Yemen connecting various oil fields to ports on the Red Sea. In Egypt, CCC built roads, sewage systems, and electrical grids, as well as housing for the Egyptian army. CCC also won a bid to rebuild Beirut’s international airport. In Mauritania, new roads were built in the desert, and in Kuwait CCC became actively involved in the process of reconstruction. Thus, by the mid-1990s, CCC emerged again as a thriving company after having navigated successfully the economic and political downturns of the early 1990s growing into the versatile and diversified large international construction company.
In May 2012, the joint venture of CCC, TAV and Arabtec was awarded the $3.2 billion contract of the Midfield Terminal of the Abu Dhabi International Airport. The 700,000 m2 Midfield Terminal building is one of the largest airport projects ever conceived and will ultimately more than double passenger capacity at Abu Dhabi International Airport to 47 million people, in line with passenger projections up until at least 2030.
CCC has completed the construction of the largest GTL Project in the World. The Qatargas 3 & 4 LNG Plant, Trains 6 & 7 in Qatar; the largest LNG Trains in the world at 7.82 MTPA. With these two trains completed, CCC can proudly announce that it is the most experienced worldwide LNG construction contractor, having achieved the completion of 17 LNG Trains with a total capacity of 82 MTPA, equivalent to 30% of all LNG facilities in the world.
CCC has completed the construction of the largest shopping mall in the world; the Dubai Mall. The project comprised a 515,000 m² Mall Area, which is about the size of 50 soccer fields, a 550,000 m² car parking area, and a district cooling plant building of 42,000 refrigeration tons. The Dubai Mall boasts the Dubai Aquarium, which is a 270 degree walk through tunnel and the world’s largest viewing window. The Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Center which is an education ecology and marine life experience centre, clinched the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Acrylic Panel, measuring 32.88 meters wide × 8.3 m high x 750 mm thick, and weighing 245,614 kg.
Among the other notable projects that CCC has recently constructed or is currently constructing in the Middle East are Princess Noura Bint Abdulrahman University for Women-Site Works and Infrastructure Utilities in Saudi Arabia, Ras Laffan Port Expansion in Qatar, Barwa Commercial Avenue in Qatar, New Port at Al Duqm in Oman, the Khursaniyah Gas Plant in Saudi Arabia, Muscat International Airport-Runways, Roads and Utilities in Oman (joint venture with TAV), Nile Corniche Towers (St. Regis Hotel) in Egypt, and the New Tripoli International Airport-New Terminal Buildings (joint venture with Odebrecht and TAV).
In October 2013, international trade union officials visiting Qatar after allegations of exploitation of migrant labour were refused access to CCC's construction site in Al Khor by members of Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee – which is organizing much of BWI’s trip, instead visiting a site in Ras Laffan. According to the leader of the delegation, it was "a clear manipulation,... They have not brought us to the place we want to go. They brought us to their showcase (camp). They are making a show."
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