Under the proposed schedule, the contract is due to be awarded in the fourth quarter, with dredging and landfill work completed in the third quarter of 2007 and overall contract completion set for mid-2008.

The Qatalum project, to be implemented by a joint venture of Norway’s Hydro Aluminium and Qatar Petroleum, involves in the first phase the construction of a 570,000-tonne-a-year aluminium smelter and a 1,000-MW power plant (MEED 10:12:04).