Date(s) - 12 February 2015
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EQUATE Petrochemical Company, Kuwait’s first international petrochemical joint-venture, held the groundbreaking ceremony of its new headquarters in Ahmadi City under the patronage of the Governor of Ahmadi His Excellency Sheikh Fawaz Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.
The groundbreaking was attended by the Director of the Governor’s Office Major-General Thhallab Al-Hajri, PR & Information Director at the Governorate of Ahamdi Khaled Al-Mulla, as well as a number of EQUATE’s board members, leaders and employees. Other attendees included board members and heads of The Kuwait Olefins Company (TKOC), The Kuwait Styrene Company (TKSC), Kuwait Paraxylene Production Company (KPPC), and the companies handling the building’s design, project management and construction.
His Excellency the Governor said, “Celebrating the groundbreaking of EQUATE’s new headquarters in Ahmadi Governorate is a source of great pleasure. This celebration coincides with our national days, as well as the recognition of Kuwait and His Highness the Amir by the United Nations. In addition, we are celebrating EQUATE’s success since its inception about 20 years ago. As a distinguished partnership, EQUATE is a source of pride to all of us with all of its outstanding achievements, international standing and distinguished initiatives in all relevant fields. We are looking forward to celebrate again once the building is finalized.”
On his part, EQUATE President & CEO Mohammad Husain expressed appreciation and gratitude to His Excellency the Governor for patronizing this event, as well as all attendees for their presence as ‘Partners in Success’ in the groundbreaking of our new headquarters in the Governorate of Ahmadi that hosts many industrial entities, especially oil companies. Truly this Governorate is the cradle of energy and development in Kuwait.”
Husain added, “This headquarters is not only a building, it is a center that groups our human resources who exemplify top international achievements at all levels, such as their effective role in planning and executing the new headquarters that meets all global standards in terms of the environment and energy conservation. Such matters form a strategic priority for EQUATE as part of its continuous implementation of sustainability’s principles within and outside Kuwait in line with the Development Plan initiated by His Highness the Amir and His Highness the Crown Prince.”
EQUATE Engineering & Construction Leader Sulaiman Al-Bader said, “The new headquarters includes many advanced technical features and innovative solutions that contribute to preserving the environment and reducing energy consumption based on the best universal standards. This headquarters, with all its facilities, is a smart and environmentally friendly building that was registered at the United States Green Building Council. EQUATE is aspiring to have the building Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified by this council. In addition, the building’s design includes several features and specifications, such as conserving energy sources, decreasing water consumption by 20 percent, utilizing solar energy to generate nearly five percent of the building’s electrical requirements, as well as having energy-efficient lighting and air-conditioning systems.”
On the sidelines of the groundbreaking ceremony, EQUATE President & CEO Mohammad Husain signed the headquarters’ construction contract with Kuwait Company for Process Plant Construction & Contracting (KCPC) Chairman Moayed Al-Saleh. The building is designed by Gulf Consult and managed by Projacs International.
Established in 1995, EQUATE Petrochemical Company is an international joint venture between Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC), The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), Boubyan Petrochemical Company (BPC) and Qurain Petrochemical Industries Company (QPIC). Commencing production in 1997, EQUATE is the single operator of a fully integrated world-scale manufacturing facility producing over 5 million tons annually of high-quality petrochemical products which are marketed throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe. www.equate.com.