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Global Group Company:JPSS

JPSS
J-Power Systems Saudi Co., Ltd.
Tomohiko Abe
Tomohiko Abe
Accounting Department

Report from JPSS in Saudi Arabia, a group company committed to serving customers with product delivery and technical support by utilizing its geographical advantage of being close to areas with active demand

J-Power Systems Saudi Co., Ltd.
Company Profile
Company Name
 
J-Power Systems Saudi Co., Ltd.
Established
 
2009
Business
 
Manufacture and sale of submarine composite cable for power lines and communication lines used in excavating submarine oil fields
Representative
 
Kazuhira Harada

Submarine cable being shipped
Submarine cable being shipped

J-Power Systems Saudi Co., Ltd. (JPSS) was established in 2009, funded 75% by J-Power Systems (JPS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Electric, and 25% by Marubeni Metals Corporation. We manufacture and sell submarine composite cable for power lines and communication lines. Such cables are needed for ocean-floating platforms, large-scale structures used for excavating crude oil and natural gas from the ocean’s floor.

Since high quality and safety are needed for the cable for ocean-floating platforms, both high-level technology and excellent teamwork are necessary. Meanwhile, using our geographical advantage being close to areas with active demand, we are committed to providing our customers with quick product delivery and technical support. Crude oil and natural gas excavated using our cable are shipped to Japan as well as to many other areas of the world. We are proud of our great mission supporting a reasonably stable energy supply for the world behind the scenes. Since our establishment, we have received no complaints from customers, nor caused any accidents.

Emphasizing communication with those concerned in the environment of diversity

Staff members working at JPS headquarters
Staff members working at JPS headquarters

JPSS consists of its headquarters located in Al-Khobar, one of the main cities in Saudi Arabia and facing the Arabian Gulf, and a plant located in the Tanajib district, approximately 250 km north of the city.

In summer, the highest temperature hits 50℃ [122°F], with 90% humidity, in each of the two locations. Since we need to operate in this harsh environment, we always pay close attention to our safety and health. Employing staff members with different nationalities, including Saudi Arabian, Philipino, Indian, and Japanese, we literally have a “diverse” work environment that is multiethnic, multicultural, and multilingual.

At work it is common to hear English, Arabic, Japanese, Tagalog, and other languages. At the company, I supervise the accounting department. While I usually work at the headquarters, I often go to the plant to check how things are going at the manufacturing site.

Between Saudi Arabia and Japan, there is a six-hour time difference. In addition, since this is an Islamic nation, we have holidays on Fridays and Saturdays, different from Japan.

Plant staff members
Plant staff members
Profile of Local Staff Members

Wessam Helal

Wessam Helal

Hello. I am Wessam Helal. After joining the company in 2010, I initially belonged to the general affairs department. I arranged visas for staff members and expatriates from Japan, and controlled documents. Since 2012, however, I have been a member of the accounting department and in charge of payroll calculations, payments, management of accounts receivable, monthly closings, and negotiations with banks. I am proud that I work for the Sumitomo Electric Group and for JPSS.

Kunju

Kunju

Hello. I am Kunju, from India. I joined the company in 2012. I am a chef at an accommodation for expatriates working at our plant. For three years before starting to work here, I used to be a chef for JPS’s construction project in Qatar. I would like to continue cooking delicious dishes to help further develop JPSS. I am happy that I am able to work for JPSS, and hope to continue working here.

Places of Interest

What Does Saudi Arabia Remind You of?

What images do you have about Saudi Arabia?

I used to have such images as desert, oil, and camels. Although these images are certainly correct, agriculture and dairy farming using underground water are actually active here, too.

Camels in the desert
Camels in the desert
Desert farm
Desert farm

A Country where Alcohol Is Prohibited

Among Islamic countries, Saudi Arabia is especially strict in its application of Islamic Law. Drinking is legally prohibited among foreigners, too.

Food Situation of Expatriates Working at the JPSS Saudi Plant

The accommodation facility for expatriates working at the plant is located in a small town where there are no foreign cuisine restaurants except for an Indian restaurant and an Arabic restaurant. Accordingly, for Japanese expatriates, Japanese dishes are served at the facility for breakfast, lunch (box lunch), and dinner. Such box lunches are also served to guests and business partners from Japan, and well received by them, saying that they can feel as if they were eating at a typical Japanese set-meal restaurant. (See the related photo). Meanwhile, dinner is served not on large plates shared by many people, but individually for each customer and consists of a small-bowl dish, a main dish, rice, and soup. The main dish is tempura, hamburger, chikuzen-ni (boiled chicken and vegetables), sukiyaki, etc. If fresh fish is available, sashimi is served. At the end of the year, soba noodles are served following the Japanese custom, while osechi and ozoni are served at the start of the year to celebrate the New Year as done in Japan. Mayonnaise, sauce, mentsuyu (noodle broth), miso, natto, and other items are purchased in neighboring Bahrain. Also, they are bought in Japan when our staff members go on business trips or make return temporarily.

Lunch (box lunch)
Lunch (box lunch)
Sunset seen from the accommodation facility for plant staff workers
Sunset seen from the accommodation facility for plant staff workers

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