Hidd port contract signed

23 November 2001

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Companyof the US and the local AA Nass Groupsigned on 5 December the contract for the main dredging and reclamation contract on the Hidd port expansion. The group received a letter of intent in October from the Public Works & Agriculture Ministry (MEED 19:10:01).

The BD 80 million ($210 million) contract calls for the completion of dredging, reclamation and marine works at Hidd. Dredging and reclamation will be over a total area of 110 hectares and involve the dredging of up to 15 million cubic metres of sludge from the port's basin. The main element of the marine works is the construction of a 1,800-metre quay wall, with an alongside depth of 15 metres. Work is expected to take 36 months to complete.

The expansion will increase the port's capacity to handle large container vessels, general cargo, dry bulk, roll-on-roll-off and small berth craft. Hidd's development is also an important element in the plans to expand the Arab Shipbuilding & Repair Yard Company, which may include the addition of a further 1,500 metres of berth space and associated docking facilities (MEED 29:5:98, Industry).

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