Companies have submitted bids for a contract covering the construction of commercial terminals and related buildings at Qatar’s New Doha Port in Mesaieed.

The client, the New Port Project Steering Committee, is currently evaluating bids and the contract is expected to be awarded in the third quarter of this year.

The tender was launched in November 2012 and sent out to 15 prequalified contractors.

Bids were also submitted on two further contracts, one covering marine works and the other covering the supply of ship-to-shore cranes and container terminal yard cranes.

The marine works contract covers the construction of quay walls and channel dredging. The contract’s scope of work will include the dredging of the access channel and construction of breakwaters.  It is expected to be awarded in the second quarter of this year and the tender was issued to eight contractors.

The cranes contract is also expected to be awarded in the second quarter of this year. A total of six contractors were prequalified for this contract.

The influx of bids follows the awarding of a QR1.06bn ($291m) contract covering the construction of a container terminal and related buildings. This was awarded to a joint venture of Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) and local partner Teyseer Contracting in mid-March.

The port is due to be finished in 2016 and will play an essential role in ensuring Qatar meet its World Cup 2022 deadlines by alleviating bottlenecks in the sourcing and importing of all the raw material needed to build the required infrastructure in Doha ahead of the event.