Black Cat & PGNiG join forces for development of upstream activities in Gulf region

Black Cat Engineering and Construction and PGNiG MoU signing ceremony: Paolo Borchetta, CEO of Black Cat Engineering and Construction (left); Paweł Majewski, President of the PGNiG Management Board (centre); Robert Perkowski, Vice President of the PGNiG Management Board, operational (right).
Black Cat Engineering & Construction and PGNiG (Polish Oil and Gas Company) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate on oil and gas production projects.

The Memorandum of Understanding assumes that Black Cat and PGNiG will undertake actions for the development of a cooperation agreement in the area of hydrocarbon production. The companies wish to combine their experience and technological capabilities to prepare a joint offer for the markets of the largest crude oil and natural gas producers.

“Black Cat has broad expertise in EPC projects, including infrastructure for hydrocarbons transport and storage. In addition to our extensive track record of successful projects, the company’s strength is its ownership structure, our agile operating model, international project management expertise and result-driven culture” said Paolo Borchetta, CEO of Black Cat Engineering and Construction.

As 100% Qatari owned company, Black Cat is free to operate in the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which are among the world’s leading hydrocarbon producers. Last year their combined production was about 937 million tons of crude oil and 407 billion cubic meters of natural gas. The proven hydrocarbon reserves of the Council’s member states are about 71 billion tons of oil and 39 trillion cubic meters of natural gas.

‘The shared ambition of PGNiG and Black Cat is to dynamically develop our foreign operations. Our strive for excellence is deeply rooted in our values and backed by extensive, long-standing experience. I am convinced that by joining our forces we will be able to offer state of the art services, which will secure us a competitive advantage even in the most demanding and mature oil and gas markets,’ noted Paweł Majewski, President of the Management Board of PGNiG SA.

The potential joint offer will include digital solutions developed by PGNiG as a part of the company’s “Smart Field” programme, which employs such tools as computer modelling, artificial intelligence and machine learning to increase efficiency and profitability of hydrocarbon production. PGNiG has been successfully implementing the “Smart Field” programme in Poland, where it allowed the company to increase its recoverable natural gas reserves by more than 11 billion cubic meters, approx. 12% of the proven recoverable reserves at the company’s disposal.

The potential cooperation with PGNiG is another step to strengthen Black Cat’s presence in Qatar and the Gulf region. The company has operated in Qatar since 1981 and has since then expanded its capabilities from a construction contractor to an end-to-end services provider covering concept study, feasibility study, front-end engineering design (FEED), detailed engineering design, EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) projects and operations & maintenance services across the Energy Sector. The scope of common interest also includes hydrocarbon-rich countries in Middle and Far East, Central Asia and Africa.

About Black Cat Engineering & Construction
Black Cat Engineering & Construction has 40 years of experience in EPC projects for the oil and gas, petrochemical and power generation industries, primarily in the Qatari market. It has successfully completed projects for Qatar Petroleum, Qatargas, Ras Gas, Chevron Phillips and Shell, among others. The company hires over 1500 of highly skilled personnel. and is ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and QHSAS 18001:2007 certified. Black Cat Engineering and Construction implements a robust Corporate Social Responsibility programme aiming at adopting socially responsible business practices in line with 17 Global Goals (SDGs). The sole owner of Black Cat Engineering & Construction is Qatar Investment & Projects Development Holding Company (QIPCO).

About PGNiG
PGNiG SA is engaged in the exploration and production of natural gas and crude oil, gas import and sale on the wholesale market. Through its subsidiaries, PGNiG also operates in the area of storage, retail sales and distribution of natural gas, as well as production of electricity and heat. It offers specialist geophysical, drilling and maintenance services. The PGNiG Group carry out exploration and production activities in Norway, Pakistan and the UAE. As part of its GHG reduction strategy, PGNiG aims at developing bio-methane production, hydrogen storage and distribution as well as electricity generation from renewable energy sources.

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