AESG has received approvals to conduct risk assessment (RA) studies, a requirement for new developments in Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) areas where hazardous materials are handled and stored. 

The development expands AESG's portfolio of Trakhees approvals, which includes Green Building Consultancy and Environmental Consultancy. 

With the latest update, AESG expects to be positioned as "a comprehensive service provider for the consultancy requirements" within Trakhees's jurisidiction. 

In an emailed statement to ConstructionWeekOnline (CWO), Saeed Al Abbar, director of AESG, said the portfolio of approvals allows the company "to create even more expertise in the industrial market".

He added: "It also gives us exposure to the chemicals and oil and gas markets.

"From a bidding perspective, by providing multiple specialist services, we can ensure that we provide best-in-class consultancy advice in a cost-effective manner."

Al Abbar pointed out that RAs are universally vital to every project, and in some industries, are even a pre-requisite for clients to store hazardous products at their premises. 

"It [may be] difficult to quantify the commercial benefit of this service; however, the commercial consequences of an inadequate risk assessment are severe," he added.

AESG's fire and life safety (FLS) division is also expected to grow on the back of the latest approval. 

"Our risk assessment services will focus on the industrial and oil and gas sectors, where the nature of operations presents a high-risk profile – particularly in terms of FLS," Al Abbar explained. 

"Note that for any plant or development, fire risks are mostly major contributors to the overall risk and therefore, an FLS consultant should be knowledgeable in both, building fire and life safety, as well as fire risk assessments.

"While we recognise that an experienced building FLS engineer is not necessarily an experienced RA engineer and vice versa, we believe that a fire consultant having a good understanding of both disciplines will be able to give clients improved consultancy advice.

"It is therefore AESG’s aim to offer both services in one division," Al Abbar added.