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A case of collaboration

Requirement

A sizable project being delivered by the Amec Foster Wheeler, Upstream Asset Solutions (UAS) team based in Baku, Azerbaijan is moving into a business critical shutdown phase for the West Azeri Platform, located in the Caspian Sea.

Risk identified - an insufficient local talent pool with limited availability of skilled trades professionals to deliver the shutdown phase within a 2 month window - as specified by the customer.

A typical response would be to simply supplement the local talent pool with foreign expatriates. However, it is notoriously difficult to obtain work permits for foreign labour as Azerbaijan is taking steps to reduce the numbers of expatriates working in country.

Therefore, the team needed to identify alternative options to support their existing resourcing strategy, to mitigate against this risk and successfully deliver the shutdown phase, on time and on budget.

Solution

The decision was made by the team in Baku to approach Primat Recruitment to facilitate the hire of skilled temporary workers on single entry visas.

To satisfy Azerbaijani legislation, the team identified an option of engaging contractors through a ‘multi entry visa’, which supports short term secondments. On this contract type, work permits are not required as the workers are legally termed as ‘on business
trips’ during a specified time window.

The Capital Projects and Asset Management operating unit (CPAM) already has a contract in place with the UAS entity in Baku to provide Engineering, Construction and Project Management services from its London office. It was therefore possible for Primat to engage temporary workers on a ‘PAYE contract for services’ and assist in mobilising them to the UAS project via the CPAM office, in London.

Outcome

Through collaboration between these 3 entities, Amec Foster Wheeler’s UAS (Baku) operations deploy a highly skilled and experienced workforce, compliant with local legislation, and successfully deliver in line with customer expectations.

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