Mike Barton, CEO – Civil & Building, Essar Projects, talks about the Civil and Building Business Unit of EPL and its plans towards a substantial growth.
Civil and Building works within EPL have formerly been carried out as part of other projects previously undertaken by EPL, particularly the mega projects. For example, within the Hazira project comprising steel plants, power stations, ports and jetties, factories etc, there were extensive infrastructure works, as well as the design and construction of a 350 acre township including some 1,600 residential units and offices, community centre, school and other commercial premises. Current works within the recently formed Civil and Building Business Unit include the hydropower project in Pallivasal in Kerala and the construction of the Komo Airport in Papua New Guinea.
Prior to joining Essar as the CEO of Civil & Building Business Unit, Mike Barton was the Executive Project Manager for the US$ 5.5 billion Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort in Singapore. As a graduate in Civil Engineering from Imperial College London, he has extensive experience in managing a diverse range of civil engineering and building projects in numerous countries around the world.
The Civil & Building team is now actively targeting and tendering a range of different projects, including roads, railways and hydropower projects in India, either as individual EPC contracts or combining with Essar Investments or Essar Power for the EPC works within PPP or BOOT projects. In addition, the Civil & Building team is tendering a range of other projects in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia. With the extensive management, technical and financial support of the Essar Group combined with the overall experience of its staff and the large equipment bank, the Civil & Building team is confident of very substantial future growth consistent with the overall EPL objectives of becoming a leading global EPC contractor.