“Keeping the team spirit alive and connecting different cultural groups in a very complex international context is essential. We have introduced the role of cultural and social mediator, a local with cultural experience and qualifications. The mediator has the task of fostering awareness and motivation among all the workers on a project, communicating the progress of the construction (with photo and video reports by drones, social and cultural activities, festivals of regional music and cuisine, concerts, language courses held by workers themselves, sports activities and competitions, and interaction with local communities). These are all examples of the project’s added value.”
The plant, located 13 km north of the town of Svobodny, in the Amur region of Russia, will be the largest gas processing plant in the world, with a capacity of 42 billion m3 of gas per year. The Tecnimont Utilities, Interconnecting and Off-Site (UI&O) part of the project involved a task force of more than 900 engineers and specialists from different disciplines, spread over more than 17 operating centers in 10 time zones, from Milan to Mumbai, from Moscow to Ningbo, in China, including 12 Russian design institutes and Maire Tecnimont Russia local teams. More than 28,000 people of 20 nationalities are working in connection with the plant and about 20,000 people for the UI&O P3 project alone.
The remoteness of the location, the size of the plant, and tough extreme climate conditions imply a higher level of complexity both in terms of project execution and social and cultural integration, but at the same time it will have a huge impact in terms of creation of infrastructure and in employment opportunities in the area, representing an important occasion of local economic development and a sustainability contest goal. Aware of the delicate social environment in which such a mega-project will be completed over the next few years, our Group has come up with and started to implement an AGPP P3 Program for Social and Cultural Integration aimed at:
- decreasing any risks related to taking on a greater number of multinational staff, by improving intercultural relations.
- supporting local communities and contributing to their long-term socioeconomic development.
- improving working and living conditions for project staff.
- sharing Italian cultural heritage and the Group’s values with local communities and other participants in the project.
In 2019, several initiatives have been implemented locally, often in coordination and synergy with both our clients and subcontractors. A series of private and public events, charity initiatives, volunteering programs, sports competitions, educational programs and scientific and cultural initiatives were made possible by the constant interaction of a dedicated member of site staff with all the project’s stakeholders and community.