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MEDCO wins $1.23bn Qatar New Port dredging project

New Port Project dredging contract won by MEDCO; work to complete 2016

Abdul Aziz Mohammed Al Noaimi, chairman, New Doha Port Steering Committee. Abdulrahman Abdullah Abdulghani, chairman, MEDCO
Abdul Aziz Mohammed Al Noaimi, chairman, New Doha Port Steering Committee. Abdulrahman Abdullah Abdulghani, chairman, MEDCO

MEDCO (Middle East Dredging Company QSC) has been awarded a $1.23bn contract to dredge the approach channel for the New Port Project in Qatar.

Awarded by the New Port Project Steering Committee, the contract also includes the dredging of the basin as well as the land reclamation for a naval base and the construction of the two outer breakwaters on both sides of the channel.

The New Port is located between Al Wakrah and Mesaeed, south of the Qatari capital Doha.

The works include the dredging of a 20km long access channel and a naval base basin, the land reclamation with dredged materials for an area of approximately 4.5km2 for the construction of the naval base, including compaction and ground improvement, the construction of rubble mound outer breakwaters each side of the channel, the construction of rock revetment at the perimeter of the naval base, the supply and installation of navigation aids and environment mitigation (re-location of coral, sea grass, mangrove that would be affected by the works).

There will be dredging of approximately 45 million cubic metres of mainly hard rock materials.

MEDCO will deploy its self-propelled flagship Al Jarraf, recently constructed and delivered in Singapore. In addition, two self-propelled seagoing rock cutter suction dredgers will be deployed to work on the contract.

The works start in March 2012 and will be completed early 2016.

The entire project is valued at $7.42bn, and includes constructing a new port to serve future development expanding trade needs of Qatar for 2030 and beyond.

It will cater for the expected growth in container traffic, and accommodate for general cargo traffic, vehicle imports, livestock imports, bulk grain imports, offshore support vessels, cruise vessels, coastguard vessels and a marine support unit.

A new base for the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces will be built offshore of the New Port, providing berthing for Qatar's navy and visiting naval vessels from around the world.

The project will be developed in several phases to include three container terminals with a combined annual capacity in excess of six million containers per year and a railway station connected to the GCC railway network.

 

 

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