Turkey's SFTA starts $490mn Kuwait harbour project
Extension of Al Ahmedi Harbour and service harbour build at Abu Halifa
The foundation stone for Turkish contractor STFA’s $490mn Small Boat Harbours project in Kuwait has been laid.
The ceremony was attended by Turkish president Abdullah Gül and Kuwait Minister of Oil and Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs, Ali Omair.
Under the patronage of Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), Small Boat Harbours project consists of capacity extension of the Al Ahmedi Harbour and a new construction of a service harbour at Abu Halifa. The project is aimed to be completed within 38 months.
STFA is also working with local companies Canar and Imco for the infrastructure, construction of the buildings and electromechanical aspects of the project.
The project is split between two main locations, being the North and South projects, 7km apart from each other.
The scope of the project consists of dredging of the harbor basin, construction of piers, quay walls, pontoons, ship lift systems containing marine works, superstructure buildings and landscaping, electrical and mechanic works and ICT (marine and building management systems and telecommunication systems).
A 4km breakwater will be constructed to protect the harbors by using quarried rock material of 2.5mn tons and 26,000 special protective concrete units called Accropode II.
A 2.5km quay wall will be constructed by using 12,000 concrete block units in the sea and the quay walls will accommodate all the needs of future marine fleet of KOC. In order to serve the bigger marine assets of KOC, both harbors will be dredged down seven meters CD, and the landfill attained during this dredging will be used as for the filling materials in the north and south harbours. There will also be a state of the art maintenance shipyard inclusive of a ship lift, in a capacity to serve three vessels at the same time.
Chairman of the STFA board of directors Alp Ta?kent, said: “We are proud to add Kuwait’s Small Boat Harbours project to our GCC portfolio, in a region where we can reflect back 36 years of engagement and experience. At the same time, we also bear the responsibility of adding an important milestone in the cooperation of our countries.”
KOC is a subsidiary of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), a government owned holding company. KOC’s responsibilities involve the exploration, drilling and production of oil and gas within Kuwait. The company is also involved in the storage of crude oil and delivery to tankers for export.