A wind farm project in Egypt is two months ahead on schedule. How are they managing this? It was great to have a “Win of the Week” conversation with Miklós Almásy, CEO of Ras Ghareb, that is responsible for the construction of a 262 MW wind farm in the Gulf of Suez, providing energy to approximately 500.000 people.
Key takeaways of the interview:
– first private investment in renewable energy in Egypt.
– 2.5 million work hours by maintaining high international standards in terms of health & safety.
– selected strong partners.
– recognizing that the team really worked very hard.
– provided some information on how do you engage three different cultures (Egyptians, Europeans, Japanese).
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Please find below the transcript.
Hi everyone I’m with Miklos Almasy we are in Egypt. Miklos is a senior executive at Engie and also the general manager of a new a windmill farm that is being built for the moment here in Egypt. It will generate 262 megawatts which will provide energy to approximately half a million inhabitants. So I’m very happy to have this interview, it’s all about sharing experiences and success stories and this is clearly a success story. So maybe briefly a bit of information about yourself Miklos. Yes I work Engie since 27 years. I worked in the energy sector all my career in difficult technologies and also different countries. I worked in Dubai I worked in Bangkok in Asia and then I worked also in France, London and Budapest. So I made all my career abroad and I joined this project one year and half ago. Great so Miklos has really got lots of experience of living abroad. Maybe just explain the project or something that you were proud of you. This project is the first private investment in renewable energy in Egypt, so it’s already an achievement. Another thing is well we are in Egypt health and safety standards energy part not as good as in the world. So we were quite concerned when we started the project that ok how we can handle this. But actually, we achieved very good international standards in terms of health and safety and we have made more than 2.5 million work hours at site without lost time incident oh that’s a really great achievement and and we can be proud of that mm-hmm one thing which is also important to note is this farm has got two months in advance on its project plan. So which is quite amazing even in Europe or North Americe having two months in advance on your
plan is great. How did you reach that you know how did you make that
possible? Yeah I think we selectet first good partners strong strong
players in Egypt and actually surprisingly these construction company
Orascom construction is very efficient and and then of course we took all the best practice of Engie we were trying to look ahead anticipate any problem we might have and then I think bye-bye good management anticipation we could really overcome all the issues quickly and then people were really working very hard to make things quicker than week but while still maintaining the best health and safety standards. And now we are indeed according to the current schedule will
be two months ahead of schedule for the commercial operation date. Great maybe a final question Miklos you know you have it you’re bringing free teams together three major teams yourselves, Toyota and Orascom. How do you get everyone engaged and you know aligned towards reaching the targets within that given time? It is quite a challenge because there are three different cultures and here in the Middle East of course I have quite an experience working in Dubai already and so the relations between people are very much different so when you deal with Japanese you have to build this trust and good relationship and with a lot of respect and and if you explain them well the things then they always support you and we had very good support from the Japanese partner. And the locals I have to say it’s really a pleasure because there are mediterraneans they are dynamic sometimes they have their humors and you have to deal with it but they are very positive and constructive. Great any other thank you very much for you know giving this interview what I would like to say is congratulations again for thank you for being two months ahead on schedule. What I would also like to share is the Egyptian culture and people are really great and kind people and, the combination of all these different culture really makes a good melting pot and a great success story. And living in Egypt is really a pleasure because we all the history they have here you have cultural sites to visit so beside my work I can also enjoy a lot of cultural activities.
Great thank you very much thank you very much for listening and hope to listen or talk to you soon all the best bye!