Saudi Aramco has invited companies to bid by 3 December for the next phase of the maritime package at King Salman International Complex for Maritime Industries & Services facility, located in Ras Al-Khair on Saudi Arabia’s Gulf coast.

Called packages 4, 5 and 6, they entail the construction of several dry docks, basins, piers and utility buildings.

The release of the new tender follows the formal award early this month of the reclamation and dredging contract package to a team comprising the local subsidiary of Netherlands-based Archirodon and Huta Hegerfeld Saudia.

The scope of the awarded project entails dredging and reclamation of approximately 35 million cubic metres of fill and ground improvement over an area of 7.4 million square metres.

It also includes the construction of 4,500 linear meters of concrete quay walls and wharves as well as 12,000 linear meters of rock revetments and breakwaters to protect the integrity of the complex.

The project is expected to be completed in 2020.

The maritime complex is being managed by Saudi Aramco.

Aramco recently signed a joint venture agreement with state-owned National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), UAE-based marine engineering specialist Lamprell and South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to build a $5.2bn shipyard in Ras al-Khair.

The maritime yard will be the largest in the GCC in terms of size and scale, and will be partially operational in 2019 and fully operational by 2022.

The yard will comprise 4.3 kilometres along the coast of Ras al-Khair in the kingdom’s eastern province.