Gulf Catering Company Services
GCC Services offers integrated services ranging from camp construction and maintenance to catering, utilities and environmental services. It is part of Agility, a global logistics company established in Kuwait in 1979. Agility also has offices in Kampala and has operations in over 100 countries.
From its Kuwait base, GCC Services has gone on to establish offices in the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia and, now, Uganda. Its core business is ‘life support’ through catering, house-keeping, laundering, camp maintenance, internet services, cable television, sporting and other recreation facilities. These enhance camp conditions for the company’s clients.
GCC Services opened offices in Uganda in 2011 and now employs 50 Ugandans, accounting for 97% of the total workforce in Uganda, in line with the company’s target to employ local personnel and procure local goods and services. The company also emphasises training and supervision of local staff with relevant qualifications and experience to ensure adherence to international standards.
The company’s first contract in Uganda was with Tullow Oil, starting April 2012. GCC Services manages and maintains facilities in Kampala and the Lake Albert area. These cover all kinds of camp infrastructure, including equipment, vehicles and other systems.
GCC Services holds ISO 9001, 14001, 18001 and 22000 certifications.
The company has worked on a number of camp construction projects serving clients such as Lafarge, in Karbala, Iraq, where it constructed a base camp and offered supporting infrastructure for a period of seven years. It constructed a management camp for the Russian oil company, Lukoil, Iraq’s West Qurna 2 field, and was also contracted by BP in Iraq and by Chiyoda in Papua New Guinea. It has also provided catering services for onshore and offshore oil companies, mining companies and military operations around the world in countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq, among others.
The company’s target has shifted over time from predominantly defence operations, which used to comprised of over 90 percent of its business, to mining and the oil and gas industry.
In Uganda, however, GCC hopes to increase its scope of operations to include mining and defense operations. GCC also sees possibilities of expanding into South Sudan, where it previously had catering and camp operations contracts with a large international organization.
For more, see the company website. Report by Allan Ssempebwa