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Yaser Al Mazrouei, ADNOC’s executive director, People, Commercial and Corporate Support. (Image source: ADNOC)


On the occasion of the opening of Specialist Services’ new facility in Abu Dhabi, Yaser Al Mazrouei, ADNOC’s executive director, People, Commercial and Corporate Support, spoke to Oil Review Middle East about how the establishment of the new facility aligns with ADNOC’s commitment to industrial diversification, local manufacturing and empowering local talent 

Specialist Services, part of Centurion Middle East & North Africa, has opened a new state-of-the-art 50,000 sq m waterfront fabrication facility in Abu Dhabi.

Boasting a 110m waterfront load-out capacity, the facility offers expansive fabrication spaces, storage facilities, and a modern office complex, with a comprehensive range of services set to be housed within the facility. Strategically located in the thriving industrial hub of Mussafah, it ensures streamlined access to key transportation routes, ensuring efficient logistics and the smooth distribution of goods and services.

This expansion will allow the company, a global supplier of oilfield equipment, modular buildings and packaging solutions, to scale up its operations and better support its customers, execute a wide range of projects for both global and UAE customers, and continue to deliver world-class equipment and services.

Specialist Services hosted a Grand Opening Ceremony in January 2024 attended by representatives of ADNOC and other major companies. 

Commenting on the partnership between ADNOC and Specialist Services, Yaser Al Mazrouei said, “Specialist Services is a valued supplier of ADNOC. We are pleased they are expanding their production capabilities in the UAE with this new facility that is set to produce a range of local field equipment and roll out steel fabrication services for ADNOC and other customers and partners in the wider MENA region.”  

He went on to highlight that the new facility will support ADNOC’s strategic growth ambitions and boost the diversification of the UAE’s industrial sector, including new innovations and practices, aligning with ADNOC’s commitment to supporting the Make it the Emirates initiative. 

“In support of the ‘Make it in the Emirates’ initiative, ADNOC has signed agreements for local manufacturing opportunities with UAE and international companies. We are committed to enabling the local manufacturing of AED70bn worth of industrial products in our procurement pipeline by 2027,” he said. 

“This new facility further supports our commitment to enhancing the resilience of our local value chain by maximising the use of local goods and services and encouraging local manufacturing.” 

Furthermore, the opening of the new facility will contribution to the upskilling and integration of UAE nationals within the industry, in alignment with ADNOC’s commitment to empowering local talent, he added.

“ADNOC is committed to creating job opportunities for UAE nationals in the private sector and empowering local talent, as we continue to build a robust and skilled workforce for the future. We are proud to see UAE nationals playing a key role within Specialist Services, both in technical and administrative roles and contributing across the local supply chain.”

ADNOC Spec Serv group photo