ByrneLooby opens new office in Saudi Arabia

The company has provided engineering expertise on the ports of Aqaba, Dammam, Doha, Dubai’s Maritime City and on the CHIT award-winning Doha Metro

Engineering and project management firm ByrneLooby has opened a new office in Saudi Arabia. The move is said to be a response to growing demand for its services and is part of the firm’s regional expansion strategy. It first set up operations in the Middle East 11 years ago and the plan is to increase its Middle Eastern headcount to over 100 staff, the firm said.

According to a statement, the firm has provided engineering services on a range of critical infrastructural projects in the Middle East and KSA: including mega projects which form part of Vision 2030 such as Amaala, Neom, Jazan Economic City and Qiddaya.

The firm says it is currently on the framework for national utility Irish Water in their home market, and in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia it has consulted on projects for the SWCC (the publicly-owned Saline Water Conversion Corporation) including the Shuqaiq Water Treatment Plant.

Over the past week John Barnes, technical director of ByrneLooby Middle East met Tánaiste, the deputy Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar on his trade mission to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The four-day trade mission, which included Riyadh and Dubai is supporting the accelerated export-led recovery of Irish businesses in the Gulf region, the statement noted.

“Over the past ten years, we have seen significant growth in demand for our services in KSA. We target large, complex projects where we can add value and which require complex engineering expertise. This year, it is a huge privilege to help kickstart cruising in Saudi Arabia, providing the detailed design of the Saudi Cruise Berth Improvement Project across three strategically located ports. Our local ByrneLooby office demonstrates our commitment to Saudi and our desire to partner with clients to help achieve Saudi Vision 2030 and contribute to IKVA (In Kingdom Value Add),” said Barnes.

It is widely acknowledged that this decade needs to be one of climate action and adopting circular economy principles can help decarbonisation, he added.

He concluded, “Implementation of circular principles could include designing for reuse or adapting existing buildings and assets. Our teams can offer sustainability strategies and strategic environmental assessments for many different types of projects. Having experts in-house provides a holistic approach to solutions, embedding resilience and sustainability into solutions, such as the application of green concrete or providing environmental management plans. Our environmental and sustainability consulting team are well-positioned to help clients realise Saudi Vision 2030 goals of a thriving, diverse economy based on social responsibility.”

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