The first package is for the civil works and includes 2.2 kilometres of quay walls and the foundations for a bridge that will connect the new island to the existing port.

The bidders are the local/Belgian Bel Hasa Six Construct, South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company, and Brazil’s Odebrecht.

The other package is for dredging, and involves the reclamation of an island that will be located close to the existing port, and the dredging of a basin between the island and the shore.

The bidders are two Belgian firms, Dredging International and Jan de Nul, and two Dutch firms, Royal Boskalis Westminster and Van Oord.

By the end of 2008, the port’s handling capacity will have reached 14-15 million 20-foot-equivalent units (TEUs). DP World’s long-term plan is to expand capacity to 50 million TEUs by 2030.

Construction of the first phase of stage one of the new container terminal in Jebel Ali Port was completed in 2007.

The terminal has a 1,200-metre-long quay, with a handling capacity of 2.5 million TEUs. South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction completed the onshore facilities and the quay wall package, and Jan de Nul was the dredging and reclamation contractor.

US-based Parsons International is the project manager for the expansion of Jebel Ali (MEED 29:1:08).