The dredging package has been released for tender on the new Jebel Ali container terminal project, with prequalified companies invited to submit bids on 25 July. Evaluation of bids is already under way at Dubai's Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation for the quay wall package on the estimated $250 million project, following the submission of bids in mid-June (MEED 24:6:05).
Prequalifiers for the dredging package include Geneva-registered Archirodon Construction (Overseas), China Harbour Engineering, Belgium's Dredging International, South Korea's Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company, Belgium's Jan de Nul Dredging, the local National Marine Dredging Companyand Dutch firms Royal Boskalis Westminsterand Van Oord Gulf FZE. The contract calls for the dredging of 22 million cubic metres of material. About seven contractors are competing for the quay wall 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 consultant is the US' Han Padron Associates, now part of the UK's Halcrow.
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