Atkins, Deutsch land deals for $4.8bn ports work
By: John Bambridge
The Saudi Ports Authority has signed contracts with W.S. Atkins & Partners Overseas and the German Agency for International Co-operation (GIZ) for the master plan development of five commercial ports.
Atkins will develop the master plans for the King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam and Jubail Commercial Port in a contract worth $2.5m, and with a duration of eight months.
GIZ was awarded the development of master plans for commercial ports at Jazan, Dhiba and Yanbu, also for a project duration of eight months, and worth a combined $2.3m.
In total, the redevelopment of the five ports is expected to cost $4.8bn. The signing of these contracts forms part of the planning process for Saudi ports, which need to be redeveloped in anticipation of future capacity requirements and to achieve the Kingdom's objectives for its maritime infrastructure.
The signing was attended by president of the Saudi Ports Authority Eng. Abdulaziz Al-Tuwaijri.