Inauguration of Utilities Center for Competence Development (UCCD)

Following the signature of a Joint-Venture Agreement between EHC Group of Companies and Veolia in July 2013, the Utilities Center for Competence Development (UCCD) opens its doors in Muscat.
Inauguration of Utilities Center for Competence Development (UCCD) (576.36 KB)

UCCD was officially inaugurated on December 01, 2014 in Muscat. The ceremony was chaired by HE Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Mahrouqi, Chairman of the Public Authority for Electricity and Water and Chairman of the Electricity Holding Company, Mr. Patrice Fonlladosa, President and CEO of Veolia Africa Middle East, Mr. Xavier Joseph, CEO of Veolia Gulf Countries, and Eng. Omar Bin Khalfan Al Wahaibi, Chief Executive Officer of EH Group and Chairman of UCCD. Around eighty invited guests were present at the opening ceremony, among them the Ambassador of France, His Excellency Mr. Roland Dubertrand.

In his speech, Eng. Omar Al Wahaibi, CEO, EH Group, and Chairman of UCCD, explained how UCCD fits with the Sultanate of Oman’s values and strategy, which focuses on Omanisation and talents development to boost growth and development. “UCCD will equip and inspire Omani companies to practice the highest standards of the profession, develop their capacities in water and energy, and encourage Omani talents to realize their full potential.

UCCD has the ambition to promote career opportunities, attract talents, develop their potential, and anticipate tomorrow’s business needs for a sustainable Omanisation process of the sector; through the development of competences for better drinking water, wastewater and electricity services in the Sultanate.

UCCD has been created to enable organizations to optimize the performance of their training budget by bringing to Oman a shared training platform for the utility sector. And by providing tailor made training packages, specific to the challenges of the utilities sector, UCDD will allow water and electricity organizations to efficiently manage competencies development and talent management.

UCCD offers a 360°c solution that also encompasses competency based training programs developed to fit the needs and expectations of the employees and the companies in the sector.

Patrice Fonlladosa, President and CEO, Veolia Africa Middle East declared “As a joint venture between EHC Group and Veolia, UCCD benefits from Veolia’s 160 year of experience and network. Being part of UCCD reaffirm our willingness to contribute to local development and resource the territories in line with our approach to corporate social responsibility.

Xavier Joseph, CEO, Veolia Gulf Countries also acknowledged the exceptional support of Eng. Omar Al-Wahaibi to make this project alive and his constant concern on Omanisation and development of competences in the sector.



About UCCD
Based in Muscat (Sultanate of Oman), UCCD LLC is a joint venture between Electricity Holding Company SAOC (67%) and Veolia (33%). The company commenced commercial operation in September 2014. Utilities Center for Competency Development (UCCD LLC), is a competences development platform that deploys solutions for competency assessment and development for the companies of the Utilities Sector (water & electricity).

About Electricity Holding Company
The Electricity Holding Company SAOC (EHC) is a joint stock company that was registered in the Sultanate of Oman on 19 October 2002. The company commenced commercial operations on 16 September 2003. EHC holds the shares of the Government in nine companies engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and related water services. EHC is a Group of ten companies responsible for generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and related water services across the Sultanate.

About Veolia
Veolia is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 200,000 employees* worldwide, the company designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them.
In 2013, Veolia supplied 94 million people with drinking water and 62 million people with wastewater service, produced 86 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 38 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE and NYSE: VE) recorded revenue of €22.3 billion* in 2013. 
(*) Excluding Transdev employees and revenue currently under divestment.