China State Engineering Corp sees more opportunities for oil
projects in Iraq and is interested in expanding into Saudi Arabia and
neighbouring Gulf state Oman, a company executive said.The company‘s Middle East entity, headquartered in the
United Arab Emirates, operates in six Gulf Arab states and Iraq.
It has sent
teams to Syria in the past.It is interested in pipeline projects in Iraq having
previously won groundworks and civil engineering contracts."We are paying more attention to the oilfields because
that is the core business of Iraq," China State Engineering Corp Middle
East Chief Executive Yu Tao told Reuters"I think we should be able to sign at least one
contract a year."China‘s state construction giant is also looking at major
infrastructure projects in Iraq as part of the country‘s efforts to rebuild
after years of conflict.However, the company is unlikely to get involved in projects
outside Iraq‘s oil industry until there is an improvement in safety, Yu said.The company wants to take part in large projects in Saudi
Arabia and Oman such as road infrastructure, and was looking at whether it
could partner with Omani companies to enter that market."Hopefully we will have a breakthrough this year,"
Yu said.The bulk of China State Engineering Corp Middle East‘s work
is in the UAE and Kuwait.
Other entities work in other parts of the region like
North Africa.Yu also said he believes that foreign construction companies
would enter Syria within the next five years to start rebuilding the country,
though the situation remains unclear at present."It is just a matter of time," he said.
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