on overseeing the two-year pipeline project that’s
part of a €500 million natural gas field program in
But he and the team are keenly aware of the threat.
“The area is restricted, as it sits near the borders
of Libya and Algeria, where terrorist activities are a
very real risk,” says Mr. Abdessalem.
To keep workers safe, his team worked directly
with Tunisia’s military during project planning
to align their schedule and site design plans with
military security protocols. To monitor activities
around the site, the project team installed earth-filled barriers and a helipad for evacuations. Mid-and long-range cameras and bullet-proof concrete
shelters to protect workers in case of an attack are
also in the works. “If terrorists come, workers have
no other means of protecting themselves,” he says.
Since construction on the pipelines began in 2014,
military personnel have constantly supervised the
project site, and any vehicles going into or out of the
area travel in convoys for added protection. All vehicles are equipped with a real-time monitoring system.
The company also sticks to locals on the site
whenever possible. “Expats are much bigger targets
than local workers,” Mr. Abdessalem says, “so it is
better to keep them away.”
“The area is restricted, as
it sits near the borders of
Libya and Algeria, where
terrorist activities are a
very real risk.”
—Ahmed Abdessalem, PMI-RMP, PMP,
Crews work on the
pipeline project in