Tenders invited for terminal build in Jordan port

Aqaba Development Company plans extension of service for logistics hub

The new port of Aqaba in Jordan.
The new port of Aqaba in Jordan.

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Aqaba Development Corporation is inviting contractors to submit an ‘expression of interest’ in construction of the grain terminal at the new port of Aqaba in Jordan.

The terminal will form part of the development of the new port, one of the country’s key infrastructure projects, and will cover around 30ha to the south east of the port.

The terminal will principally be used for storage and will feature a baggage plant, truck-loading facilities, offices and conveying systems.

ADC is the main development arm of Aqaba Special Economic Zone (ASEZ), a low-tax business haven, and is jointly-owned by ASEZ and the Jordanian government.

It aims to help transform the country into a leading hub for business across a number of sectors. Its assets include Jordan’s ports, Aqaba’s airport and the majority of the 375 km2 of land that comprises the Aqaba zone.

Interested companies must have experience with similar projects that have contract values in excess of $15million in order to prequalify, according to the ADC.

The successful company will link with a local contractor in a joint venture, which will have a minimum participation of 25% of the value of the contract. The deadline for submission is 15 February. The contract will be tendered as a turnkey project under FIDIC rules.

A main contract for  the new 285-room, five-star Hilton Hotel on Jordan’s east coast is also expected very soon, according to design consultants Ramboll Middle East.

Jordan's minister of state for mega projects, Imad Fakoury, told Bloomberg in October that the country would spend $30billion on infrastructure projects over the next 20 years.

Meanwhile, Southern Province Cement Company has signed a contract with Tihama Power Generation Company to supply to an expansion project for a power plant.

The construction includes the supply, installation and operation of four diesel generating units of diesel (7.9MW each, and a total capacity of 31.6 MW), due to be delivered by the end of this year.

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