New Doha Port has officially awarded contracts for the construction of a new commercial terminal, a cranes package and dredging work for an access channel.

The port’s steering committee selected China’s Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC) for the QR871.7m ($239m) contract for the provision of 12 ship-to-shore cranes and 38 gantry cranes for the container terminal in Mesaieed, Qatar.

A joint-venture of Qatar-based HBK Contracting and India’s Afcons Infrastructure won the QR820m contract covering the new commercial terminal, as reported by MEED on 9 September.

The work covers the construction of two commercial terminals, associated utility buildings and logistical facilities at the new port.

A total of 15 consortiums were prequalified to bid for the contract in late 2012.

New Doha Port’s Steering Committee also confirmed the award of a QR1.1bn contract to a Hyundai Engineering and Construction-led team for a contract covering canal excavation and dredging work for access channel connecting the economic zone to the port.

MEED reported the selection of Hyundai’s team in mid-August.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 work covers the construction of two commercial terminals, associated utility buildings and logistical facilities at the new port being built at Mesaieed.

The flurry of awards will help the port hit its deadline to be open by 2016.

The port is an essential part of Qatar’s strategy to avoid bottlenecks in the supply of construction materials, so the country can complete its infrastructure projects on time.