Canada-based SNC-Lavalin has promoted Sohail Samdani to the role of head of mining and metallurgy for the Middle East.

In his role as senior vice president and general manager, Samdani will lead SNC-Lavalin's mining projects to ensure they are delivered on schedule and on budget.

Some of the contractor's major mining and metallurgy projects in the Middle East include the Umm Wu’al Sulphuric Acid and Power Plant for the Saudi Arabian Mining Company, as well as an aluminium smelter for Emirates Aluminium in the UAE.

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Commenting on the appointment, SNC-Lavalin's president of mining and metallurgy, Jose Suarez, said: “Samdani is a key pillar in growing SNC-Lavalin's reputation as a global leader in the mining and metallurgy business.

“In the Middle East, we continue to witness an upward curve as countries continue to diversify their economic resources. Samdani’s expertise, credibility, and global-calibre experience will play an important role in delivering the highest standard of services to our existing clients and partners, as well as tapping into a wealth of opportunities out there in this emerging sector.”

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During close to two decades of service with SNC-Lavalin, Samdani has helped to deliver complex megaprojects in the Middle East, as well as Australia, Russia, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

Directly before his promotion, he led the company's portfolio of mining and metallurgy projects in North America within his capacity as vice president.