Arcadis to manage Aqaba port contracts

Dutch firm to review designs and manage construction of four terminals

Photo for illustrative purposes
Photo for illustrative purposes

International engineering consultancy group Arcadis has announced that it has won a contract to review designs and manage the construction process for a new port in the Jordanian city of Aqaba.

Arcadis, which owns the EC Harris cost consultancy businesss, landed the contract from Aqaba Development Corporation. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the company said that it was working in a joint venture alongside local engineering firm Dar Al Hadasah.

The port will include one new general cargo terminal and a roll-on, roll-off terminal as well as grain and ferry terminals.

These will be built under four separate construction contracts - three of which are already underway.

The new port is set to open next year.

In 2006, Aqaba's main port was relocated from the city center to an area to the south with deeper waters, while the land formerly occupied by the port was sold to developers to establish a mixed-use waterfront residential and business district.

"ARCADIS already is present in the region for many years and has been involved earlier in the port of Aqaba", said Arcadis director of ports and waterways, Frank Heezen. "We were chosen because we are one of the few companies in the world that can handle big-scale projects requiring international experience and local know-how."


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