Dubai-based port operator DP World has extended the tender closing date for the contract to build Terminal 3 at Jebel Ali port to 23 April.

The contract involves the construction of 1,600 metres of new quay wall at quay 10 on the existing West Wharf area.

The prequalifiers include Geneva-registered Archirodon Construction, the local/Belgian Belhasa Six Construct, China Harbour, the local/UK Dutco Balfour Beatty, South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction, Brazil’s Odebrecht, Turkey’s STFA, and Japan’s Toa.

In February, DP World awarded Archirodon Construction the estimated AED150m contract to build the expansion of Terminal 2 at Jebel Ali Port.

The expansion work involves the construction of 400m of new quay wall that will increase the capacity of Terminal 2 by about 1 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

The current capacity at Jebel Ali port, which is the busiest in the region, is 15 million TEUs a year. Terminal 1 can handle 10 million TEUs and Terminal 2 can handle 5 million.