The consortium is one of four bidders on the project, the others being Bouygues Travaux Publics of France, Saudi Oger and Qatar’s United Development Company.

The project is likely to cost about $400m, with funding coming from a number of different sources. The four consortiums have until the end of April to submit their bids.

The winning bidder will form a 30-year public-private partnership with the Jordanian government to design, build and operate the new port.