Technip have won several key contracts
The company have recently won the Sama...
Engineering and construction company Technip have been awarded key contracts within Malaysia, Russia and Norway.
The company have recently won the Samarang Redevelopment Project Phase 2 EOR subsea contract in Malaysia by PETRONAS. Situated in the south China Sea within East Malaysia, Technip will install three platforms whilst providing checks to four current platforms, in addition to renovating all three processing areas, delivering engineering, construction expertise. The company will also install several pipelines.
Technip President for Asia-Pacific Arnaud Pieton said: “It demonstrates our capacity to leverage on our integrated offerings in both fabrication and installation of flexible pipelines.”
In addition to this eight-month project, Technip Norge (Norway), have also won the EPCI contract to provide subsea installation work on the Dvalin field development area in a near £995 million project, due to commence in 2020. The company will be providing a 15km essential pipeline production line alongside commissioning and installation works, which are set to be undertaken in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
Technip Norge’s Managing Director, Odd Strømsnes said: “With our extensive experience in the pipe-in-pipe technology and our well suited fleet of vessels, we are looking forward to assist DEA Norge AS on this important project.
Thirdly, the company has also recently been awarded a contract to provide engineering and procurement expertise within Russia for three SMK furnaces, as part of chemical company PJSC Kazanorgsintez’s continual efforts to replace cracking furnaces.
Stan Knez, President, Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology, said regarding the project: “We value our long-standing relationship with PJSC Kazanorgsintez and their continued trust in Technip, the world’s largest ethylene licensor and contractor.
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Apprenticeships can bridge skills gap says Autodesk director
The UK construction industry needs 216,800 new workers by 2025 to meet rising demand, according to the Construction Skills Network published by CITB.
Even before Covid-19, it was estimated it needs to attract 400,000 new recruits each year to meet the UK’s infrastructure needs.
But given one in three current construction employees are over 50 there is predicted to be a 20-25% decline in the available workforce over the next decade. And with end of the free movement of people from the EU, it has further limited access to skilled talent.
Mike Pettinella, Director, Autodesk Construction Solutions EMEA, believes the solution may be one that is hardly new, but might have taken a back seat during the pandemic.
"Apprenticeships could help us bridge the construction skills gap and meet this rapidly rising demand, and attract a new crop of younger talent to the industry," he said.
"Apprenticeships benefit everyone. For candidates, it’s an opportunity to learn valuable skills without incurring thousands of pounds of student debts. For employers, it’s a chance to train up employees in the competencies that are really needed – combining technical knowledge with collaboration and team work, which are equally important as you enter a new industry. And if you’re a larger company and already required to pay the apprenticeship levy, it makes sense to ensure you’re benefitting from the scheme too."
Marshall Construction recently took on nine new apprenticeships covering various roles. "Some of our previous apprentices have left and started their own businesses, which sets them up for life," said Chairman Robert Marshall. "Most of our current managers came from organic growth within the business whom we have trained to our own standards." Firms such as Barnwood Construction and Keepmoat Homes are also advertising and supporting apprenticeships.
According to the CSN, most English regions will experience an increase in construction workers by 2025, with East Midlands (1.7%) and West Midlands (1.4%) forecast to lead demand. Scotland (1.4%) and Wales (0.7%) are also predicted to fare well. The only region forecast to see a slight decline in workforce is the North East (-0.1%).
Major projects such as HS2 are driving growth in some regions and infrastructure (5.2%) and private housing (6.7%) should see the healthiest pace of expansion by 2025.
The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the future shape of work will be profound. Modelling by the McKinsey Global Institute on the effects of technology adoption on the UK workforce shows that up to 10 million people, or around 30 percent of all UK workers, may need to transition between occupations or skill levels by 2030.