Contractors have been invited to bid by 7 May for the design and build of Terminal 4 at Dubai’s Jebel Ali port.

The scope of the contract includes the construction of 400 metres of quay wall. It also includes a 420-metre bridge and causeway to link the new terminal being built on an island of reclaimed land to the main port, according to a source close to the project.

The prospective bidders include:

  • Afcons (India)
  • Archirodon Construction (Greece)
  • Bam International (Netherlands)
  • China Harbour (China)
  • Hyundai Engineering & Construction (South Korea)
  • Overseas AST (UAE)
  • Soletanche Bachy/Toa (France/Japan)

No major new construction contracts have been awarded at Jebel Ali port since last year when a joint venture of Japan’s Toa and France’s Soletanche Bachy was selected for the AED700m ($190m) contract to build Terminal 3 at Jebel Ali port in May. The terminal will add 4 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of capacity to the port when it is completed in 2014.

The expansion of Terminal 2 is due to be completed within the second quarter of 2013. Archirodon Construction won the AED150m contract to expand the terminal in February 2012.  The expansion of terminal 2 will add a further 1 million TEUs, and by 2014, the port will have a total capacity of 19 million TEUs.

The reclaimed island intended to be used for Terminal 4 has the potential to add a further 10 million TEUs to the overall long-term port capacity. A spokesperson from the port operator DP World says this “further capacity will be undertaken in line with market demand”.

News of the port’s expansion plans follows DP World’s announcement that profits across all its global operations hit $555m last year, a 21 per cent increase compared with its 2011 results.

In its financial results, DP World highlighted the expansion of Jebel Ali as one of its key projects in the coming years. The other two are the expansion of Embraport in Brazil and the construction of the London Gateway in the UK.

Through its current investment programme, DP World is planning to deliver an additional 10 million TEUs of capacity across the company’s global portfolio.