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The Middle East's top construction contracts of July 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Contracts for projects such as Saudi Aramco's Marjan and Berri oil fields and Jubail Island were awarded

The beginning of H2 2019 was exciting for Middle East construction industry.
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The beginning of H2 2019 was exciting for Middle East construction industry.

Middle East’s construction industry witnessed some of the biggest contract wins in July 2019, and contractors from across the globe — including US’ McDermott; UAE’s ASGC and China State Construction and Engineering Corporation Middle East (CSCEC ME); Italy’s Saipem; South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering and Construction (E&C); and India’s Nuberg EPC — bagged work on the region’s megaprojects at the beginning of H2 2019.

Among the projects for which contracts were awarded in July 2019 were Saudi Aramco’s Marjan and Berri oil fields; Dumat Al Jandal; Abu Dhabi’s Jubail Island; Dubai Cruise Terminal; Middle East Oil Refinery; Emaar’s Marina Vista; Adnoc; Aldar’s projects in Abu Dhabi; and Expo 2020 Dubai's Canada Pavilion.

The Middle East's top construction contracts of July 2019 were:

1. ASGC wins contract for Meraas's Dubai Cruise Terminal
2. McDermott, Saipem, Hyundai E&C win contracts for Saudi Aramco’s Marjan and Berri oil fields
3. CSCEC ME wins contract for Emaar’s Marina Vista in Dubai
4. Denmark’s Vestas, India’s CG win work for Dumat Al Jandal
5. Société Cherifienne d'Fertiliser-Chimie awards contract to Nuberg EPC
6. Siemens wins contract for Iraq's 840MW Maisan power plan
7. Ellisdon wins construction contract for Expo 2020 Dubai’s Canada Pavilion
8. Technip FMC awards contract for Middle East Oil Refinery to KNM Group
9. Zaid Al Hussein wins King Abdullah International Gardens contract
10. Trojan, ACC, Ghantoot wins contracts for Aldar projects in Abu Dhabi

Please note that this list is not a ranking.

1. ASGC wins contract for Meraas's Dubai Cruise Terminal

UAE-based contractor ASGC won the contract to build the region’s first cruise port terminal, real estate giant Meraas's Dubai Cruise Terminal. The terminal is located between Bluewaters and Palm Jumeirah at Dubai Harbour, a 1.9km² development launched in January 2017 by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

As part of the project, ASGC will deliver building works for two main cruise terminal buildings located on a 1km quay. Upon completion, the terminal will have a combined floor area of 2.7ha and the capacity to accommodate 15,000 guests.

Dubai Cruise Terminal will be located at Dubai Harbour. [CW archives]

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2. McDermott, Saipem, Hyundai E&C win contracts for Saudi Aramco’s Marjan and Berri oil fields

American contracting firm McDermott won two engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) contracts with a combined value of $4.5bn (SAR16.8bn) from oil and gas giant Saudi Aramco for Packages 1 and 4 of its Marjan Increment Development.

Italy’s Saipem bagged two onshore engineering and construction (E&C) contracts worth $3.5bn (SAR13.1bn) to develop land facilities at its Berri and Marjan gas fields. The contract involves the installation of process units at the Abu Ali oil-gas separation plant, part of Aramco’s Berri oil field expansion.

South Korea’s Hyundai E&C also won contracts worth $2.7bn (SAR10.1bn) for Packages 6 and 12 of Marjan Development Programme, with package 6 comprising expansion of the production capacity of an existing refinery, and package 12 including construction of a utility plant that will supply electricity and water to an onshore plant which processes 2,500 million standard cubic feet of gas per day.

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3. CSCEC ME wins contract for Emaar’s Marina Vista in Dubai

CSCEC ME was awarded a contract by Dubai Financial Market-listed Emaar to build the Marina Vista homes within its Emaar Beachfront project, with the Yu Tao-led contracting giant also chosen to deliver mechanical, electrical, and plumbing works for the development.

CSCEC ME said in a statement that it had been tasked with the construction of two residential buildings, a 35-storey and 45-storey tower each, for Marina Vista.

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4. Denmark’s Vestas, India’s CG win work for Dumat Al Jandal

Danish renewables firm Vestas won an order from a consortium of France's EDF Renewables and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) for the 400MW Dumat Al Jandal wind park in Saudi Arabia's Al Jouf.

The engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract covers the supply and installation of 99 V150-4.2 MW wind turbines and a 20-year active output management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement for the operation and maintenance of the wind park.

Bombay Stock Exchange-listed CG Power and Industrial Solutions, part of New Delhi-based Avantha Group Company, won a $14m (SAR52.4m) contract to design and build a high-voltage substation that will connect Saudi Arabia’s national electricity transmission grid to the Dumat Al Jandal wind farm.

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5. Société Cherifienne d'Fertiliser-Chimie awards contract to Nuberg EPC

New Delhi-headquartered project management firm Nuberg EPC won an EPC contract from Casablanca-based Société Cherifienne d'Fertiliser-Chimie (SCE Chemicals) for a chlor-alkali plant at Jorf Lasfar Industrial Park in El-Jadida, Morocco, with the plant set to produce caustic soda, hydrochloric acid, and sodium hypochlorite chlorine upon completion.

The plant, which will be equipped with bipolar membrane cell technology licensed from UK-based Inovyn, will be completed by end-2020.

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6. Siemens wins contract for Iraq's 840MW Maisan power plan

German engineering firm Siemens was handed a $318.3m (AED284m) contract to supply gas and steam turbines and generators, and provide long-term power generation services for the 840 MW Maisan Combined Cycle Power Plant. Maisan Power Company (MPC), part of Raban Al-Safina for Energy Projects (Rasep), is developing the plant in Iraq and Citic Construction Co is building the plant.

The independent power project (IPP) is expected to generate power starting March 2021, and will be fully operational by the beginning of 2022.

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Canada pavilion will be located in Expo 2020 Dubai's Mobility District. [CW archives]

7. Ellisdon wins construction contract for Expo 2020 Dubai’s Canada Pavilion

Ellisdon Construction won a contract to design, build, and operate the Canada Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, and the Canadian Minister of International Trade Diversification, Hon Jim Carr, announced that Ellisdon would work with a consortium of companies on the project.

The consortium’s members included Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Lord Cultural Resources, Hatch, Kubik, Thornton Tomasetti, NGX, and Cisco.

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8. Technip FMC awards contract for Middle East Oil Refinery to KNM Group

Project management, engineering, manufacturing, and construction firm KNM Group, was awarded a $8.7m (RM36.1m) contract for the Middle East Oil Refinery (Midor) project in Alexandria, Egypt by Technip FMC.

The contract was awarded to KNM’s indirectly and wholly owned subsidiary, FBM Hudson Italiana, with the scope of the work included providing design, detailed engineering, and fabrication services for air-cooler heat exchangers at Midor.

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9. Zaid Al Hussein wins King Abdullah International Gardens contract

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs (Momra) awarded a $427.4m (SAR1.6bn) contract to Zaid Al-Hussein & Brothers Group for the implementation of the 210ha King Abdullah International Gardens project in Riyadh.

The project, under the recommendation of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, will be implemented without being split into multiple phases, acting as a key component of the Vision 2030 mandate, said Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman during a Cabinet session in July 2019 at Neom.

Studies and designs for King Abdullah International Gardens were completed by Riyadh Municipality, and construction completion is expected in 30 months.

King Abdullah International Gardens project, Riyadh [CW archives]

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10. Trojan, ACC, Ghantoot wins contracts for Aldar projects in Abu Dhabi

UAE real estate developer Aldar had picked Trojan, Arabian Construction Company (ACC), Ghantoot, Gulf Contracting Co, and NBHH to develop the $1.4bn (AED5bn) Al Falah homes, Two Four 54’s new campus, and Saadiyat Island infrastructure projects that Aldar was awarded by the Government of Abu Dhabi in July 2019. 

The project awards were part of Aldar’s third-party development business, which has a portfolio of $2.7bn (AED10bn) projects with the Abu Dhabi Government in the UAE capital and overseas, which are nearing completion.

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