Salem, Shift Charge Engineer with ENGIE at the Ras Laffan B seawater desalination plant
Salem Al Awi has responsibility for plant operational efficiency and site safety at ENGIE. His daily challenge? To ensure the day-to-day smooth-running of the plant and the safety of all its employees.
Salem leads the team of 12 people who maintain plant operation at the Ras Laffan B combined-cycle power and seawater desalination plant. As Shift Charge Engineer, he takes over responsibility from the night shift team. His job is to maximize plant availability in operation, at the same time as maintaining safety of everyone in the plant.
After seven years of engineering studies in the USA, Salem has returned to his home country of Qatar to work. At ENGIE, he continues to build his skills and expertise with the help of a consultant engineer who provides him with advice and support to ensure flawless management of the plant. What drives Salem “is wanting to be part of something bigger than yourself. You touch everyone’s lives with this contribution. Water and power; without them there’s no civilization,” he explains. The Ras Laffan B desalination plant provides this desert region with 11,365 m3 of drinking water every hour.