The contracts, which together involve more than 40 million cubic meters of landfill and a total cost of AED1bn ($272m), have been awarded to Al Jaber Group and Ghantoot Transport & General Contracting Establishment.

The scope of works requires the contractors to clear about 19 square kilometres of land then fill, spread and compact the area. The work will be completed in 36 months, with levelled areas progressively released for development.

The awards mark the start of the construction activities in area A of Khalifa Industrial Zone, which covers 53 sq km of the total 137-sq-km area of the industrial zone.

ADPC is also inviting companies to express interest in an infrastructure package for the port component of the industrial area. The first phase of Khalifa Port, situated off the coast at Taweelah, will open in 2010, with container capacity for 2 million containers and 6 million tonnes of general cargo.

Four subsequent phases will result in capacity rising to 22 million containers and 35 million tonnes of cargo by 2028 (MEED 18:3:08).