Can you pinpoint a highlight project or experience during your time at Petrofac?
Every project is unique, but the Upper Zakum, UZ750 was a special project. Four artificial islands, 120km offshore Abu Dhabi, it was an incredible experience. Seeing the buildings and modules arriving for the first time on the Self-Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMT) aboard boats was something I will never forget. Even though I spent 33 months on this project, I would repeat the experience without a doubt.
The ‘project life’ must suit you, given that you spent most of your career on site?
Construction is in my blood. I have never enjoyed sitting in an office and I find it too monotonous. I like the challenges that projects bring with them.
Can you take us through what the challenges of a Head of Construction at a project are?
Firstly, I take care of my people, their welfare and wellbeing. If the team is not happy, you can’t expect progress. Then, we look after the construction – we are uncompromising on safety and prioritise quality, we make sure the client is satisfied with our work, and we must maintain a good relationship with subcontractors and suppliers. A project is like a baby. And every day is exciting, every day you learn or experience something new, and at the end you see your baby graduate, you see the finalised project.
That is an interesting analogy. Any part of the process that you would call favourite?
The first energisation, when I see the light blinking in the substation, and I can feel we are close to finish.