Construction Management

SENET made the strategic decision to expand its operations into the continent. This has led to extensive construction work in various parts of Africa, either on an EPCM or EPC basis.

SENET utilises its own workforce to perform construction activities on site, often on a reimbursable basis and limited to SMPP and E&I installation. This undertaking is known as a Self-Perform Construction Model and saves the client substantial operational costs (the workforce is often only charged at cost to the client), whereas the subcontractor requires a premium to cover profit and risk.

When SENET undertakes construction projects on a reimbursable basis, a designated team of skilled construction management staff oversee all site-based activities. SENET hires expatriate labour at cost, for and on behalf of the client, and supplement the labour from local and surrounding communities.

When operating remote locations, SENET specifies and supplies all the necessary construction equipment, vehicles and tooling for the various teams. This approach allows for substantial construction cost savings, efficient construction schedules, greater oversight of the project, improved quality control, and ensure the highest health and safety standards are in place. SENET’s current construction management team consists of core personnel, seasoned specialists with a firm grasp of working in Africa.

Self-Perform Construction Model

SENET has a solid track record of managing complex construction projects in Africa and makes use of a “Self-Perform” model, that ensures successful and cost-effective execution of projects.

The “Self-Perform” model provides a hierarchal management system for the main engineering disciplines, encompassing SMPP and E&I installation works and providing the prescribed employees for a project, such as artisans and foremen. These artisans include for mechanical fitters, pipe fitters, electricians, instrumentation technicians, boilermakers, welders, etc.

The basic principles of the Self-Perform model are as follows:

  • The ability to control costs and risks through management of construction activities.
  • A shared risk approach between the client and SENET.
  • Achieving overall capital cost (CAPEX) savings through the buying of construction materials, labour and tools and equipment at cost for and on behalf of the client. An emphasis on engineering, design, manufacturing principals, trial assembly and pre-construction, quality requirements, packing, logistics and shipping all play an extremely important and integrated role in the construction phase under the self-perform model.
  • The appointment of a Construction Manager (CM) prior to site establishment and develop an understanding of the project requirements.
  • Recruitment key site supervision staff and procurement of key site equipment.
  • Identify and recruit senior site personnel from SENET’s experienced resource base.
  • Artisans would primarily be recruited from India, Thailand, the Philippines, South Africa, or regionally (if available) through reputable labour recruitment specialists already known to SENET.
  • Recruitment of local employees from surrounding communities and the general population - maximise localisation requirements.

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