GCC's top 10 port projects

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Arabian Business looks at the ten of the most interesting port projects underway within the GCC as listed by the Construction Week magazine.

Al Duqm Port and Drydock

Location: Al Duqm, Oman

Project cost: $1.25bn

Project type: Construction

Scope of works: New port, breakwater and drydock

Client: Ministry of Transport and Communication

Main contractor: Jan De Nul, CCC and STFA Marine Construction (port), Daewoo Engineering and Contracting, and Galfar Engineering and Contracting (dry dock)

Completion due: Q2 2012
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Khalifa Port

Built in five phases over a 20-year period, Abu Dhabi's Khalifa Port is the largest port development for the UAE. Aligned with the new 420km2 industrial zone, logistics, commercial, educational, and residential special economic and free zones, Khalifa Port's future is rosy.

Location: Abu Dhabi

Project cost: Not stated, but includes $1.5bn (dredging and reclamation); $380m (port and onshore facilities).

Project type: Major port development

Scope of works: Construction of port and industrial zone

Client: Abu Dhabi Ports Company

Completion due: Phase 1, 2012; total completion, Q1 2030
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Sohar Industrial Port

Industry drives port expansion and a US$1.35 billion project at the Port of Sohar has helped drive investment in to the northern Omani region.

Location: Sohar, Oman

Project cost: $1.35bn

Project type: Jetty construction and dredging works

Scope of works: 1380m jetty construction; harbour dredging to 25m

Main contractor: SAIPEM and AFCONS (jetty), Van Oord (dredging)

Completion due: Q1 2011
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Jeddah Islamic Port, Red Sea Gateway Terminal

Increased port traffic and extra tonnage means that the new terminal and three berths with a combined capacity of 1.5 TEUs and 400km2 storage area has been a welcome relief for the busy Saudi port.

Location: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Project cost: $510m

Project type: Construction/expansion

Scope of works: Terminal, 1.5m TEU storage

Client: Saudi Trade and Export Development

Main contractor: China Harbour

Completion due: 2010
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Ras Laffan Port

As Qatar seeks to become one of the world's leading exporters of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) by 2012, Ras Laffan - situated 80km north of the capital Doha, and close to the North Field Gas Reservoir - wants to become the world's leading port for LNG.

Location: Qatar

Project cost: $1.7bn

Project type: Port expansion

Scope of works: Major LNG port expansion project

Client: Qatar Petroleum

Main contractor: CCC/Six Construction

Completion due: Q4 2010
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New Doha Port

Doha's new port is one of the largest and newest projects of its type in the GCC.

Location: Qatar

Project cost: $7bn

Project type: Construction of 20km2 port complex

Scope of works: Construction of new port

Client: Doha port authority

Completion due: 2014 (Phase 1), 2023 (complete)
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Fujairah Oil Terminal

The UAE's fifth largest emirate, Fujairah's strategic location on the coast of Oman at the entrance to the Persian Gulf makes it a perfect spot for shipping operations. Though the emirate isn't huge, expansion of the port has been required to meet demand placed on the facility as a bunkering centre and regional trading hub.

Location: Fujairah, UAE

Project cost: $110m

Project type: Construction, engineering

Scope of works: Expansion of cargo terminal

Client: Vopak Horizon Fujairah

Completion due: Q1 2012
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Boubyan Island, Kuwait

In the pipeline for quite some time, Kuwait's Boubyan Island is one of the latest ports to appoint a major contractor to complete its works. The idea is to return Kuwait to its former glory as a regional shipping hub, and for Boubyan Island to act as a gateway to the Gulf state.

Project cost: $410m (Phase 1 only)

Project type: Island port development

Scope of works: Harbour dredging and initial design of 16 berths

Main contractor: Hyundai Engineering and the Kharafi Group (port)

Completion due: December 2015

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Port of Salalah expansion

Sea freight through the Omani port of Salalah has almost tripled in the last decade which has prompted several port expansion projects over recent years.

The latest additions to the port, simply known as Terminal Two, will add three more berths to the existing six and 1,350 metres of quay wall, boosting the port's capacity by three million TEU by 2012.

Location: Salalah, Oman

Project cost: $500m

Project type: General cargo terminal

Scope of works: Expansion of container terminal

Client: Transport and Communications Ministry

Main contractor: TBA

Completion due: End 2012
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Development of Al-Ruwais Port

Located about 120km north of Doha, Al Ruwais Port is designed to accommodate dhows, coastal trading vessels and a roll-on/roll-off passenger/car ferry, centring on general cargo, fruit and vegetables, livestock and building materials.

Location: Qatar

Project cost: $215m

Project type: Port development

Scope of works: Marine facilities, infrastructure

Client: Public Works Authority

Main contractor: Consolidated Engineering Construction Co.

Completion due: Q1 2013

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