Hyundai closes in on Jebel Ali quay wall

26 August 2005
South Korea's Hyundai Engineering & Construction Companyhas once again submitted a low bid for the contract to carry out the quay wall package on phase 1 of the new Jebel Ali container terminal project. Its price of AED 251 million ($68 million) is about 3 per cent lower than the next offer of AED 259 million ($70 million) submitted by the local/Belgian Bel Hasa Six Construct.

Four companies were invited to submit fresh prices for the contract by 13 August. The two other bidders are: Geneva-registered Archirodon Construction (Overseas); and South Africa's Murray & Roberts Contractors (Middle East), with Interbeton of the Netherlands (MEED 29:7:05). In the original round of bidding, Hyundai was the low bidder for the package, which calls for the construction of about 2.8 kilometres of pre-cast quay wall, located 200 metres offshore and running parallel to an existing breakwater.

The stage 1 project covers eight 350-metre-long container berths, with an alongside depth of 17 metres. The client is Dubai Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation, which is evaluating bids for the dredging package on the new terminal project. Companies submitted bids in early August for the contract involving the dredging of 22 million cubic metres of material. The consultant for both packages is the US' Han Padron Associates, now part of the UK's Halcrow.

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