The Zakhem cross-country pipeline experience dates back to the mid-sixties when it first mobilised to
undertake the installation of 600 km of 16 inch and 8 inch diameter gas pipeline
contract in Iraq. Since then, Zakhem have successfully completed a number of
major oil and gas pipeline contracts around the world totalling in excess of
half a billion US dollars.
The Companys first insight into major pipeline construction in Africa was
the award of the Mombasa to Nairobi Oil Products Pipeline project for the Kenyan
Pipeline Company Ltd. The works, completed within 13 months, entailed the
installation of 425 km of 14 inch diameter steel welded, pipe inclusive of
testing and commissioning. Later, in 1991, Zakhem installed the 450 km extension
of this line from Nairobi to Kenyas Western border with Uganda, and in I 992,
the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) awarded Zakhem its largest
contract, the $230 million US dollars Pipelines and Depots Project Phase III,
Contract 3.This turn-key contract comprised the detail design, procurement
construction and commissioning of 832 km of 16,12 and 8 inch diameter oil
pipelines, storage tanks, pump stations, ancillary works and the crossing of the
river Niger by use of the directional drilling technique.
In the Middle East Zakhem completed a number of major cross-country pipeline
works notably 110 km of 30 & 16 inch diameter gas pipelines for the Khuff
Gas Field Development, Qatar 600 km of 42 & 16 inch diameter oil pipelines
for the Messla Oil Field Development Project, Libya and 65 km of 30 & 24
inch gas pipelines from Dukhan oil fields to Abu Fontas power station. Recent
works include the replacement of the 30 inch Khuff Gas Pipeline Project for
Qatar General Petroleum Company.The original line was installed by Zakhem in the
mid seventies but in this turn-key contract the replacement work comprised
engineering, procurement and construction of 40 km of 30 & 16 inch diameter
steel welded pipes together with instrumentation, telecommunications and
Zakhem have executed several major contracts for water and wastewater
distribution systems in the Middle East, Africa and America namely the Mombasa
& Coastal Water Supply Project where over 182 km of 32 inch diameter ductile
iron pipeline was installed a wastewater & irrigation scheme for the city of
Jubail in Saudi Arabia where 40 inch diameter asbestos cement pipes and 16 inch
diameter welded pipes were laid ;the 76 km 56 & 30 inch Chania to Thika
water supply steel welded pipeline, Kenya and recently various water pipeline
works in the Lebanon and similarly in Texas, USA, for the City of
Zakhem civil engineering project teams are structured to deliver a combination
of engineering aptitude, sound control systems and good management skills to a
number of schemes that cover water supply, sewage and wasrewater, marina works,
infrastructures and trunk roads/highways and associated structures.
A number of water supply projects have been executed and these include the
Aguthi. Litein, Ndia and Nyakach water supply schemes in Kenya Iju and Isashi
water rehabilitation projects in Nigeria the Fuijeira.Ajman and Sharjah water
schemes in the UAE and a number of others such as the Baalbeck water supply in
Lebanon. Construction included concrete reservoirs, treatment facilities, pump
stations and metering control systems.
The Group has participated in many major road and bridge projects throughout
Africa, Middle East and USA. Among these, are the contracts Zakhem won in 1984
to rehabilitate the war stricken roads between Beirut and other principal towns
of Lebanon. Over $100 million US dollars of road reinstatement was carried out
and included all underground services, overhead supplies and infrastructures.
Recent work in Lebanon includes 75 km of new bitumen roads in Beirut and New
Byblos City. In Africa Zakhem have completed a number of road works that
includes among others the 54 km Mwanza highway in Tanzania, with its eight
reinforced concrete bridges and box culverts. In Botswana 200 km of urban and
rural roads have been completed inclusive of widening of city roads and
roundabouts, upgrading of drainage system, paving of pedestrian areas and
resealing of existing roads for the city of Gabarone. Similar work was executed
in Kenya and included the 70 km new Kisii to Chemosit road project.
Other civil work includes a new marina complex constructed to provide moorage
and fuelling facilities for 44 boats together with two swimming pools,a beach
club and lounging areas as part of the Riviera Hotel extension in Lebanon. Plus
the development and construction of the Parque Da Floresta Golf Complex in the
Algarve, Portugal comprising 18 hole golf course, club house, roads and all
related infrastructure set in 300 acres of rural land.
This section covers Zakhem's participation in the design, supply and construction of
major mechanical and industrial engineering projects. During the past three
decades the Group has developed extensive experience in the erection of storage
tank farms, industrial plants, refinery related work, pumping stations and fire
fighting systems for the petrochemical sector. Zakhem's performances in meeting
the three objectives of quality. time and budget in such works has encouraged
many of its clients to place repeat contracts for similar
The following lists a selection of major projects
-Colombo Refinery Tank Farm, Sri
Lanka work comprised erection of 54 storage steel tanks of
-Shames Gas Project,Abu Dhabi, UAE erection of
desuiphurisation and dehydration plant and associated equipment.
Refinery Storage Tanks, Libya erection and testing of 55 tanks and two spheres
of varying capacities ranging 250 to 45,000 cu. m.
-Horns and Banias
Refineries & Tartous Oil Depot, Syria erection, testing and piping
connections of several storage tanks, all on "turn-key" basis.
Pipeline Company, Tanzania transfer. construction and remodernisation of a
crude oil pumping station in Dar Es Salaam, on "turn-key" basis.
-Mombasa Petroleum Storage Facilities. Kenya erection of five 330,000
barrels storage tanks with all associated works, instrumentation and
-NNPC Pipelines & Depots Project Phase III. Contract
3, Nigeria as part of this contract, two major depots were designed, supplied
and constructed, comprising a total of 31 steel tanks amounting to over I 78,000
The Group has continued to expand and develop its operations
in this area of construction and over the years has compiled an impressive
portfolio of completed projects that include residential, commercial, medical
and educational developments. In addition, the Company has been active in
luxury-related developments of hotels, golf course complex facilities, resorts
and other leisure schemes.
Zakhem have undertaken refurbishment building
works particularly in Europe, where the markets are currently considered
favourably, Such work requires high quality co-ordination, control and
supervision and Zakhem are organised to undertake work in this sector
The listed projects that follow are a small variety of
successfully completed developments:
-Vihari Housing Scheme,
Pakistan this was the founding contract of the Group in 1962, and comprised
construction of two housing colonies of 400 homes in total on the Indus Basin.
-Social Security Building, Baghdad, Iraq offices for the Directorate
of Social Security, comprising 29,500 sq. m. of gross area.
Office Park Development,Texas, USA suite of offices in the Arlington area of
-Endell Street Hostel, UK refurbishment of existing building
into a 167 bed students hostel including reception, kitchen, wardens flat dining
& lounge areas.
-Intercontinental Hotel, Mombasa, Kenya
construction of a 200 room 5 star beach hotel with fall facilities, health club,
casino and conference rooms.
-Old Brompton Road, London, UK
construction of 40,000 sq. ft. of mixed use building of offices, clinic,
residential and underground parking.
-Various Housing Estates, London,
UK luxury houses in Wimbledon.
-Parque Da Floresta Complex, Portugal
"deaign and build", development of 300 acres into an 18 hole golf course, real
estate, commercial and leisure facilities.
Slough/Windsor, UK construction of a 219 room, 9 storey hotel with conference
facilities, health club, swimming pool, 2 levels of underground parking for 300
cars. Completed in just 17 months.
-Beirut University College. Byblos,
Lebanon this new university comprised a complex of several teaching and
administrative blocks, sports facilities and all relative infrastructure works.
Phase 2 includes medical centre, 200-bed hotel, library and humanities building.
-Kensington Gore, London. UK five luxury apartments to a high quality
on 6 levels, fully equipped and air-conditioned located in a prime area.
-St.Georges Hospital Extension, Beirut, Lebanon medical teaching
hospital expanded to provide 400 patient beds, 10 operating theatres, doctors
clinics etc with an overall construction area of 35,000 sq. m.