Two Big-money Middle-East Contracts for Daewoo Engineering and Construction
South Korean company Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co (Daewoo E&C) has won a $910m highway construction project in Qatar as well as a $545.8m deal for a degassing station in Iraq.
The highway contract, the third-largest road construction order secured by a South Korean construction company internationally, is for a 42km section of the New Orbital Highway and Truck Route, a 200km highway connecting Ras Laffan Industrial City with the Mesaieed region.
The contract was awarded by Qatar’s public works authority Ashghal.
Daewoo E&C will be responsible for engineering and design as well as construction of the 14-lane road, which will also feature smart road traffic controls and the latest wastewater treatment systems.
Daewoo said the project will take 35 months to complete.
Meanwhile, the company was also awarded a $545.8 million deal to build a degassing station (DGS) in Iraq, the southern part of the three-pronged Zubair DGS project.
The plant will extract crude oil from natural gas, sand and sediments, and then refine the oil for use as gasoline and diesel fuel.
Upon completion of construction, Zubair will have a daily production capacity of 850,000 barrels, significantly increasing its current 195,000 capacity.
The construction is expected to take some 30 months and will begin in June.
Construction workers urged to down tools for mental health
The construction industry is being encouraged to stop all work for one hour to focus on the importance of physical and mental health. The plea is part of the ‘Stop. Make a Change.’ (SMAC) campaign which is asking construction organisations across the country t spend an hour thinking about physical health conditions, such as respiratory health, work-related stress, as well as mental health conditions including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, OCD, and bipolar disorder.
This year, the campaign, which takes place from 11 to 22 October, will focus on individual workers, placing particular emphasis on how they have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. In addition to encouraging workers to consider their health, safety, and wellbeing, they will also be asked how those areas can be improved
Andy Mitchell, co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council, said: “Our industry workforce is crucial to all of our future successes. We recognise the heroic efforts these workers have undertaken during the pandemic, and want to make sure that, as the industry hopefully emerges from COVID-19, we continue to look after everyone’s health, safety and wellbeing.”
Around 200,000 people took part in the campaign in 2019, which has been running since 2017. SMAC’s website also offers conversation starter kits to help encourage people to talk about their emotions and wellbeing, making it as natural as possible.
Suicide rates in the construction industry are increasing
A study by Glasgow Caledonian University found suicide rates among construction workers had risen to 29 per 100,000 in 2019 from 25 in 2015. Suicide rates among labourers increased by more than 50% from 48 per 100,000 in 2015 to 73 per 100,000 in 2019. However, the rate in non-construction-related industries has fallen, with just under five people per 100,000 taking their own lives in 2019 in comparison to 7 people in 2015.
If you work in the construction industry and need help, The Lighthouse charity provides free 24-hour, seven-days-a-week emotional and wellbeing support for those in the industry through its helpline available on 0345 605 1956 in the UK, or 1800 939 122 in the Republic of Ireland.
Lighthouse also has a free app where workers can access information that can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.