The contract is the second package on the estimated $100 million programme to expand the port’s existing facilities. Its scope of works includes construction of a 500-metre quay wall and two 15-metre deep berths.

At least four companies priced the first package in early March. Package one involves construction of a breakwater and dredging works. The local Beaa is the consultant. The client, Saudi Ports Authority (SPA), is planning a number of major port upgrades across the kingdom. It has extended the bid deadline to 17 May for the estimated $150 million dredging and reclamation contract on the expansion of King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam. The contract calls for the dredging of about 23 million cubic metres of material involving channel access, a turning circle and basin (MEED 10:2:06).