The local Qatar Primary Materials Company has awarded the joint venture of Denmark’s FLSmidth and the local/Belgian Six Construct Qatar (Sixco) the estimated QR1.6bn ($430m) contract to build aggregate berths at Mesaieed Port.

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) package includes all the detailed engineering, design and construction of the facility, which will be built at the Mesaieed Gabbro Berths.

The scheme includes five main components. The first is a four-lane conveyor system with a 4,000-tonne-an-hour (t/h) capacity for each lane. It will be used to transport bulk aggregate materials 5 kilometres (km) from cranes on the berths to a new bulk store yard.

The second element is six 25km-long stacker lines, each with a capacity of 4,000 t/h.

The third component is three fixed hoppers that can discharge 200 t/h to trucks on a conveyor. The fourth is a material switching system that allows material from any conveyor to be fed to any stacker. The fifth is an internal stockyard road network and 12 truck-weighing systems at the exit of the stockyard.

The ultimate capacity of the conveyor system and stockyard will be 30 million tonnes a year (t/y).

The consultant is Belgium’s Rent-A-Port.

Contractors submitted prices for the deal in October 2012. The other bidders were:

  • FAM (Germany)/Consolidated Contractors Company (Athens-based)
  • Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (South Korea)/STFA (Turkey)
  • Larsen & Toubro (India)/Target Engineering Construction Company (UAE)