03 November 2014 - Rail and metro specialist Graeme Bampton has recently joined Aurecon as the leader of its rail group in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Graeme will focus on developing long term relationships with existing and new clients in the region.
Aurecon Unit Manager for Transport in the Middle East Ian Dudgeon said that Graeme’s appointment, along with recent appointment of Ahmed El-Essnawi as the Technical Director for Highways and Infrastructure, demonstrates Aurecon’s ongoing commitment to the region.
“Successful delivery of the region’s ambitious transportation plans along with all of the other proposed ‘mega projects’ present numerous challenges which are fairly unique to the MENA region including constructability, deliverability and predictability in terms of cost and time, achievability in terms of predicted passenger numbers and spin-off benefits such as reduction in traffic congestion,” Ian said.
“While some may argue that these challenges are no different to other places in the world, the key challenge in the MENA region and especially in the GCC counties is that they are all chasing the same resources in terms of professional services, plant, material and labour at the same time,” he said.
Current estimates value the rail and metro projects being developed in the region of between USD150 billion and USD200 billion.
Approximately 30 per cent of this funding has already been committed on the various major projects already underway in Qatar (Doha Metro, Lusail LRT), KSA (Riyadh Metro, Haramain High Speed Rail, the Landbridge), and UAE (Ethiad Rail, Dubai Tram). A further major tranche of heavy rail (passenger and freight), high speed rail, metro, light and bus rapid transit projects will be coming on stream in the short to medium term in KSA, Kuwait, UAE, Oman and Qatar.
“For anybody who works in this market, the GCC and wider MENA region is one of the most exciting places to be in the world at present and is set to be so for the next 5-10 years,” Ian said.
With experience in management consultancy, risk and value management, project management and project controls, Graeme has worked on multibillion dollar infrastructure programmes in the United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East and Asia.
“Graeme’s expertise in rail and his track record and involvement in large, complex projects will help us to grow our rail business in the Middle East and North Africa,” Ian said.
Graeme was previously Regional Director – Rail for Faithful+Gould’s Middle East business, responsible for helping to deliver the company’s portfolio of services to various regional projects including the Doha Metro, Riyadh Metro and the Feasibility Study for Kuwait Metro.
Graeme said that this is an excellent opportunity for him to help Aurecon build on our current wider transport service offering and capabilities in the MENA region.
“This position offers me the opportunity to raise the group’s profile with key existing and new target clients to establish our position as an engineering consultancy of choice within the transport sector in the MENA region,” Graeme said.