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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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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.
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.
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.
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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