UAE’s Fujairah Port Authority expects to issue the tender for the contract to build a new port in Dibba in the UAE’s northern emirate before the end of 2018.
MEED understands the client is reviewing potential bidders’ prequalification applications for the contract.
According to a source familiar with the project, the planned commercial port will cater primarily to quarrying companies operating in the area. US-based consultancy CH2M, which Jacobs has acquired, is advising the client on the project.
Work is under way to expand the Port of Fujairah’s container terminal, which Abu Dhabi Ports operates.
Belgium’s Besix won the contract last month to deepen the berth to 16.5 metres, build a one-kilometre quay and to construct a 300,000 square metre storage yard.
Last year, Abu Dhabi Ports signed a 35-year concession agreement with the Port of Fujairah to take over the operations and management of the container terminal from Dubai-based DP World.
Expanding the container terminal, which is situated outside the Strait of Hormuz, is a key component of Abu Dhabi Ports’ future growth strategy.
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