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An award is expected imminently for the seven-year build-operate-transfer (BOT) concession to manage and operate Umm Qasr port. Three companies – Kuwait & Gulf Link Transport Company, Denmark’s Maersk and Dubai PortsInternational – are shortlisted for the contract, which calls for estimated investment of more than $300 million. Belgium’s Dredging Internationalhas also been awarded a $22 million contract to dredge the port’s approach channel (see Construction, page 22).