Amec Foster Wheeler is a London-based company which offers project, engineering and technical ser- vices to energy and industrial markets.
They first began operations in Brunei with the BLNG COGEN I Project in 2004. More recently, the company was awarded a Facilities Rejuvenation Contract for Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP), which has been in effect since February 2017.
The company places great emphasis on sustaina- bility and aligns their own strategic priorities with the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The provision of a safe and sustain- able environment and the engagement, attraction, development and retention of people lie at the heart of Amec Foster Wheeler’s long-term growth.
In a local context, one of the key performance indi- cators (KPI) for the energy industry under Brunei
Vision 2035 is to have 50,000 people employed, with 80 per cent filled by Bruneians.
“This is where Amec Foster Wheeler’s role is impor- tant, by ensuring that we provide as much focus and support in driving this vision forward in order to attain the country’s aspiration,” said Donald MacLeod, Country Manager Brunei.
In 2013, Amec Foster Wheeler and Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) engaged in a formal edu- cation partnership designed to support the gov- ernment’s efforts to develop the local talent pool of the nation’s Oil & Gas industry. They signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the uni- versity to deliver an Oil & Gas Training Programme. The partnership aimed to bridge the gap between academic knowledge and industrial knowledge at university level. Sixteen graduates from UTB have already benefitted from the programme and are set to receive further professional development under the company’s tutelage.
Brunei’s current efforts to attract foreign direct investments (FDIs) and recent developments in key industry clusters such as upstream, pharmaceu- ticals, petrochemicals, integrated petrochemical refinery and renewable energy all present opportu- nities where Amec Foster Wheeler can offer their expertise.
The priority going forward remains rooted in the identification and development of local personnel and leaders who can carve out a sustainable and competitive Oil & Gas service industry. Amec Foster Wheeler also intends to support and develop local businesses through direct mentorship, collaboration or full integration to allow for more measurable growth whereby they can support the Bruneian economy in the long-term.
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