A site visit was held in early April for companies prequalified for the project management services (PMS) contract on the planned AED 8,000 million ($2,100 million) Khalifa Port & Industrial Zone project at Taweelah in Abu Dhabi emirate. The port, to be built in phases, will eventually replace Mina Zayed port on Abu Dhabi island, which will be redeveloped (MEED 20:1:06).
Prospective bidders for the PMS contract include four US-based companies, Bechtel, Fluor Corporation, Kellogg Brown & Root and Parsons International. The bid closing date for prequalifiers to submit unit rate quotes is late April.Capacity details for the port have still to be released. In mid-January, the government said it would comprise a container terminal and quays for raw and bulk cargo as well as an industrial area serving basic and heavy industries. Since then, the local Mubadala Development Company and Dubai Aluminium Company (Dubal) have announced plans to establish a 1.2 million-tonne-a-year smelter at the site (MEED 24:2:06).Mubadala is involved in the planning of the new port, which will fall under the auspices of the recently established Abu Dhabi Ports Company (MEED 24:3:06).