Creating Local Value
In every country we operate in, and as part of our core values, we strive to add value by applying a comprehensive local content strategy. We try our best to go beyond what is stipulated contractually to contribute to the development of our host countries by supporting local recruitment, building regional business relations, procuring local materials and transferring expertise.
We consistently give a high percentage of work to the local work force, not only to satisfy the countries’ labor laws, but to stay true to our ethos of encouraging and improving these communities. We also enhance the country’s local content through focusing on training local personnel in various areas. CCC’s long standing practice of Vocational Training Centers develop skilled workers capable of improving their quality of life, financial status, health care, education of their children and overall well-being. CCC projects acquire materials and consumables from local markets; by this the company creates job opportunities for the local manpower. Subsequently, this improves the social welfare and boosts the economy of the locality and the GDP of the country as a whole. CCC also contributes to the local social welfare of the communities where it executes its projects, by assessing the needs and working with key personnel to satisfy them. For instance, the company contributes to local schools, roads, hospitals, etc. either through voluntary work or by financing some of these development plans that help to facilitate the company’s operations as well.
Above all, we create enduring and sustainable value by building infrastructure that supports the economic and social development of our host regions.
Mauritania is located in sub-Saharan Africa where access to electricity is limited, in fact the World Bank estimates that around 600 million people do not have access to a reliable source. The electricity grid in Mauritania is powered mostly by expensive diesel generators and a limited share of the population has access to electricity with the rural population being significantly energy deprived. The Mauritanian government is aiming to reduce this and promote local socio-economic development through the adoption of renewable energy which will reduce expenditure on imported fossil fuels.
CCC contributed to Mauritania’s clean energy capacity by delivering* eight (8) solar energy projects. The rural PV parks (total capacity of 16.6MW) supply up to 30% of the electricity demands of the remote communities of Boulenour, El Chami, Atar, Akjoujt, Beni Chab, Aleg, Boutilimit and Ajoune. It is noteworthy, that none of these communities are currently connected to the national grid. CCC used state of the art solar technology including top tier solar modules and inverters that are controlled by a sophisticated control system (Fuel Save Control system), this allows the maximum penetration and use of solar power, and reduces the energy produced from the diesel generator sets that are working together with the solar plant (Hybrid Solar).
* CCC’s scope was Engineering, Procurement and Construction and Testing
In CCC’s 23 yearlong presence in Botswana, the company, apart from delivering many diverse construction projects has also contributed in addressing the country’s serious water supply challenges. Botswana is a landlocked country with undependable rainfall levels. Although water reservoirs exist in the northeast, demands are growing in the southeast due to population growth near the county’s capital Gaborone. At the same time, the increasing mining activities, a major driver of the local economy are also located in the eastern area.
As a solution the Botswana government launched a major water infrastructure project, the North South Carrier Water Project (NSC), broken down into three main phases and smaller relevant projects. The objective is to meet the fundamental human need for water and support the emerging local economy. CCC’s involvement in delivering this large-scale project began in the mid 90’s and is ongoing. Under Phase 1 which was completed in 2000, a 361-kilometer pipeline carried raw water from the Letsibogo dam to treatment plants and reservoirs in Gaborone. In Phase 2 (split in sections and still in progress) the pipeline is being duplicated to transfer water from the Dikgatlhong dam, which was built in 2012. CCC was also responsible for integrating the Masama & Makhujwane wellfields with the NSC as part of an emergency, fast track scheme to mitigate the water crisis in Gaborone.