With more than 20 years under his belt, Issam Khoury, vice president of the Abu Dhabi-based company NSCC International, knows the Middle East’s drilling and foundations industry like few others might.
Through its beginnings in onshore marine works nearly 50 years ago, NSCC has developed its engineering capabilities and introduced piling foundations to the UAE in the 1970s, and horizontal directional drilling in the late 1990s.
The contractor was selected by the Abu Dhabi Airports Company in 2009 to carry out the piling works for the Midfield Terminal project, with a scope involving more than 7,000 piles, ranging from a single metre to more than 30m in length, across a substrate riddled with cavities.
The contractor’s portfolio boasts high-profile projects from across the Middle East, such as the Kahramaa New Headquarters Tower and Doha Metro Green Line’s Al Rayyan and Al Qadeem stations in Qatar, and siphon construction works for Shatt Al-Arab in Iraq.
The UAE company’s footprint also includes neighbouring GCC countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Oman.