"Competition is becoming increasingly heated. As Tekfen Construction, we aim to strengthen our position by taking on projects that are technically more challenging, therefore attract less competition and by entering new markets. While the Middle East and the Caspian Region retain their importance, we are closely monitoring developments in Africa, which offers new horizons."

Levent Kafkaslı

Tekfen Construction
General Manager

60 Years in Contracting Business

Tekfen Contracting Group is one of the two most prominent groups of Tekfen Holding, with its nearly 14 thousand employees and with its almost 340 projects undertaken successfully to date. The Group is considered as one of the biggest institutions in Turkey, in terms of value of its completed projects, and owns one of the largest construction machinery and equipment inventories in the country.

The Group's principle company, Tekfen Construction and Installation, specializes in petroleum, gas and petrochemical facilities, pipelines, land and marine terminals, off-shore platforms, tank farms, oil refineries, pumping stations, power plants, and highway, subway, bridge and tunnel construction, electrical and instrumentation projects, infrastructure projects, production facilities, commercial and technical building complexes and major sports complexes.

Tekfen Construction provides its clients with turn-key solutions encompassing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) in most of these areas.

Alongside Tekfen Construction, Tekfen Contracting Group includes Tekfen Engineering, which provides engineering design, project management and consultancy services, and Tekfen Manufacturing, which specializes in the manufacture of process equipment and storage tanks.

The Tekfen Contracting Group which has various investments and partnerships in Germany and Azerbaijan, was ranked 85th for international business portfolio on the Engineering News Record (ENR) 2012 list of the world's largest international contracting companies.

Tekfen Contracting Group operated in eight countries on two continents in 2013. By the end of the year it had an active backlog of US$3 billion. The Group's portfolio is concentrated on three main regions - the Caspian, the Middle East, and North Africa - and it encompasses Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE and Morocco, besides Turkey.

Awards, Records, Certificates

Tekfen Construction conducts these activities with the full support of management and undergoes annual inspections by an accredited third party (SGS, a leading global inspection, verification, testing and certification company). The company implements the Occupational Health and Safety Management System, the Environment Management System and the Quality Management System in line with the standards set by OHSAS 18001:2007, ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 9001:2008, respectively. Tekfen Construction has integrated the Occupational Health and Safety, Environment and Quality Management Systems, referring to them as the "Health-Safety-Environment and Quality (HSE-Q) Management System. The Company creates the resources necessary for the implementation, maintenance and continual improvement of the HSE-Q Management System and this system is an essential component of its business model.

Tekfen Construction determines jobspecific duties, responsibilities and competence criteria and, when hiring or transferring people from another project, takes pains to ensure that they meet these criteria. From the standpoint of the health of all employees, job suitability and competence is a top priority for Tekfen. However, job fitness is only one side of the coin. Internalizing an HSE-Q culture is also crucial. Therefore, to engender such a culture, the company holds HSE-Q seminars extensively before and after starting a job. In 2015, 1.15/100 hours worked were devoted to HSE-Q seminars.

The company identifies possible emergency situations that could arise during operations and impact people or the environment and determines in advance how these could be dealt with. It prepares project and workplace-specific emergency situation plans and reviews emergency intervention procedures at regular intervals.

Tekfen Construction has strict supervisory mechanisms in place to ensure that the operational control procedures and directives for work in the field are followed. Daily and weekly field controls, and internal and third-party inspections ensure compliance with the HSE-Q Management System requirements. The company conducts internal inspections at least twice a year to determine whether or not the HSE-Q Management System is being implemented properly. Tekfen Construction's senior management reviews the HSE-Q Management System at least once a year to guarantee its appropriateness, comprehensiveness and effectiveness.

In 2015, the company clocked 50,336,007 man-hours with no fatal incidents. During the year, it had only eight incidents resulting in workday loss. Tekfen Construction's Incident Frequency Rate and Total Recordable Injury Rate statistics, which are globally accepted measures of occupational health and safety performance, continued its falling trend in in 2015.

In 2015, the company clocked a total 50,336,007 man-hours of work.

Tekfen Construction's accident-free performance in 2017:

  • Shah Deniz Offshore Platform Construction Project (Azerbaijan): 27 million accident-free man-hours
  • Qatar North Road Highway Side Roads & Junctions Project (Qatar): 25.3 million accident-free man-hours
  • Sangachal Land Terminal & Installation Project (Azerbaijan): 16.8 million accident-free man-hours
  • Al Khor Expressway Project (Qatar): 10 million accident-free man-hours
  • Star Aegean Refinery Project (Turkey): 5.8 million accident-free man-hours
  • Ceyhan Steel Structure Fabrication Plant (Turkey): 5.7 million accident-free man-hours
  • TANAP LOT 3 Pipeline Project (Turkey): 5.6 million accident-free man-hours
  • BTC Pipelines & Facilities Repair Services (Turkey): 4.3 million accident-free man-hours (about 9 years)
  • Jeddah-Yanbu Pipeline Project (Saudi Arabia): 1 million accident-free man-hours
  • Azerbaijan Ministry of Taxes New Headquarters Building Project (Azerbaijan): 1 million accident-free man-hours