The 50:50 joint venture of Belgium's Jan de Nuland Royal Boskalis Westminsterof the Netherlands has received a letter of award from Qatar Petroleum (QP)to carry out the dredging, reclamation and breakwater package on the Ras Laffan port expansion. Valued at just under $2,100 million, the 36-month package is the first to be awarded on the project, which is being undertaken to cater for a significant increase in liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas-to-liquids (GTL) exports from the northern industrial port over the next five years (MEED 28:10:05).
The European joint venture beat off competition from three other groups. They were: Belgium's Dredging International, with the local Qatar Dredging Company, the US' Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, South Korea's Hyundai Engineering & Construction Companyand Greece's Athena; a Japanese group of Marubeni Corporationand Toa Corporation; and the Netherlands' Van Oord Gulf FZE, with Japan's Penta Ocean, the Netherlands' Interbetonand Belgium's Six Construct. The contract involves: The dredging of 20 million cubic metres of limestone; The reclamation of 25 million cubic metres of sand; The construction of 21 kilometres of breakwaters, requiring 18 million tonnes of rock and 2.5 million cubic metres of concrete. Boskalis and Jan de Nul were involved in the construction of the original Ras Laffan port. The new expansion will quadruple existing capacity.
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