Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) has awarded the local/Australian Al-Habtoor Leighton Group an estimated AED1.1bn ($300m) contract to build infrastructure and roads at Khalifa Port & Industrial Zone (KPIZ) in Abu Dhabi.

The contract, known as 257, replaces contracts 261 and 262 that were tendered last year. The works involve road works at the port and surrounding industrial area and a major intersection.

It is Al-Habtoor Leighton’s second major contract award at KPIZ. It was awarded another infrastructure contract on the development in July 2009.

ADPC has awarded a several major contracts at KPIZ recently. In August it awarded South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction the estimated $390m contract to build the container terminal. Also in August it selected Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) for an estimated AED485m infrastructure contract. In July it awarded a joint venture of Germany’s Ed Zueblin and the local Al-Jaber Group another infrastructure contract worth about AED1bn (MEED 3:9:10).

It is Al-Habtoor Leighton’s second major contract award at KPIZ. It was awarded another infrastructure contract on the development in July 2009

The first phase of the port will be able to accommodate two million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) and six million tonnes of general cargo. Four later phases will see this capacity rise to 22 million TEUs and 35 million tonnes of cargo by 2028.

A consortium of Geneva-registered Archirodon Construction, Boskalis Westminster Middle East of the Netherlands and Hyundai Engineering & Construction was awarded the AED5.5bn contract for the port’s marine works in 2007.

US-based Bechtel was appointed as the project’s programme manager in 2006.