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Doha New Port Project: Vital development for Qatar

by Kim Kemp on Feb 2, 2015

JFJ De Nul dredging the access channel to the port and the navy base.
JFJ De Nul dredging the access channel to the port and the navy base.

FIFA is not the only driver for the hive of construction activity; the 2030 Vision also serves to fuel the many developments throughout the country.

Verdon elaborated: “We see the development of the port as closely aligned to the Qatar National Vision 2030 in the ways it will serve the country’s economic, human, social and environmental development. As a major gateway to Qatar, the port will handle the country’s import volumes, as it completes other major projects well before it hosts the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

“The project will leave behind significant legacy benefits and create long-term employment opportunities in the maritime sector.”

With Qatar’s economy 79% reliant on industry, of which half is related to oil and gas exports, Verdon believes the NPP dovetails perfectly into the Qatar National Vision 2030: “The increased capacity and world-class facilities of the New Port will act as a catalyst for economic growth; aid economic diversification by developing the non-hydrocarbon sector and create a more sustainable economic base, all in line with the 2030 Vision, which has sustainable development at its core.”

So too, developing the country into an import hub for the region will make Qatar more resilient against changes in the global economic environment.

“The port will complement Qatar’s Hamad International Airport and the railways and highways currently under development, which will link the port to other parts of the country for seamless transportation of goods,” Verdon observed.

In addition, he explained that the project aims to expose Qatari talent to a distinctive mega infrastructure project in support of the State of Qatar vision of 2030, making use of local skills and creating jobs.

With so many elements to the NNP, there have been no major delays or additional costs, Verdon assured and elaborated: “To date there are no cost overruns although, like all other major infrastructure projects in Qatar, we contend with the challenge of rising inflation, higher material costs and the cost of recruitment.”

With seven major contractors undertaking construction work on site, the project now has a workforce nearing 9,500 and 2,500 pieces of equipment.

“The project start date was in 2011 first quarter and the completion date of Phase One will be in 2016 when the port will have a capacity of two million TEU [containers],” Verdon assured.

In terms of bid qualification, there are five criteria: bidders must demonstrate adequate cash flow and their cash flow statements are checked to ensure they are financially capable to perform.

They must demonstrate the relevant experience within the project component and they must have a team of experts within the required discipline available for the project duration.

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