New Doha Port has selected a consortium led by South Korean firm Hyundai Engineering and Construction for the $300m contract covering dredging work and the construction of quay walls for the port’s economic zone.

Specifically, the contract covers the dredging of the access channel to the Qatar Economic Zone 3 (QEZ3) as well as the construction of breakwaters and quay walls.

The other winning consortium members are Dutch firm Boskalis Westminster Middle East and Brazil’s Construtora OAS. The group beat off competition from seven other joint ventures.

The QEZ3 is a self-contained development being built next to the new port currently under construction at Mesaieed. The economic zone promotes itself as a regional hub for manufacturing, logistics and trade helping to boost Qatar’s exports and imports.

The next major port contract due to be awarded is for the construction of a commercial terminal. A package covering ship-to-shore cranes is also due to be awarded within the third quarter.

With the port due to be operational by early 2016, the New Port Steering Committee is ramping up its procurement efforts. In the past month it has invited companies to express interest in contracts covering the provision of equipment such as mobile cranes, tractors and buses.

Construction of the New Doha Port began in January 2011, with the contractor, China Harbour Engineering Company, excavating more than 50 per cent of the port basin. Earlier this year, enabling and mobilisation works for the container terminal and related infrastructure and utility buildings began after a joint venture of Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Group (CCC) and the local Teyseer Contracting Company won the contract in March.