The tender for the commercial terminal buildings package at New Doha Port in Qatar has been issued to contractors.

The contract covers the construction of two commercial terminals and associated utility buildings and logistical facilities at the new port in Mesaieed.

The client, the New Port Project Steering Committee, has also invited contractors to bid for a marine works contract, covering the construction of quay walls and dredging works for the access channel into the Qatar Economic Zone 3, a self-contained development to be built next to the port.

Both tenders are out in the market for a 10- to 12-week period, with awards expected to be made by the second quarter of 2013.

A crane package covering the supply and installation of ship-to-shore cranes and stacking cranes is also expected to be tendered at the end of this year, and to be awarded by the second quarter of 2013.

The commercial terminal package is the fourth major package to be issued by the port committee.

Bids for the container terminal package, which covers the construction of a container terminal and associated infrastructure, are currently being evaluated after they were submitted in October. The contract is expected to be awarded in early December.

A joint venture of Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) and the local Teyseer Contracting is the low bidder with a price of QR1.06bn ($291m) for the contract.

In March, Middle East Dredging Company and the local/Belgian Dredging International was awarded the $1.23bn phase two construction contract at the port. The contract covers the dredging works, which involves dredging an access channel so that ships can reach the port.

The first major project package was awarded in March 2011 to China Harbour Engineering Company. The $880m package covers excavation works and the construction of the quay wall.

Phase one of the port project is due to be completed in 2016.