Belgium's Jan De Nul Dredging signed in mid-October the dredging and reclamation package for stage 1 of the Jebel Ali new container terminal project. The contract, valued at AED 1,850 million ($503 million), centres on the dredging of about 22.5 million cubic metres of material. The package is the second major award on the project by DP World, which is the umbrella organisation for the Ports, Customs & Free Zones Corporation. In August, South Korea's Hyundai Engineering & Construction Companywas awarded the AED 251 million ($68 million) contract to carry out the quay wall package (MEED 26:8:05).
Jan De Nul beat off competition from two other shortlisted contractors - Van Oord Gulfand Royal Boskalis Westminster- to take the 24-month contract. In addition to the dredging works, Jan De Nul will construct nine kilometres of rubber mould breakwaters and revetments, involving 2.5 million cubic metres of rock, and floating pontoons, as well as installing navigational aids (MEED 12:8:05). The port contract is Jan De Nul's second major dredging award in the Jebel Ali area. It is nearing completion of the dredging and reclamation package on Palm Jebel Ali for the local Nakheel. The consultant for the dredging, reclamation and quay wall packages on the new container terminal is Han Padron, part of the UK's Halcrow. Another UK firm, Scott Wilson, is the consultant for the associated infrastructure (MEED 23:9:05). www.meed.com/construction