$7.4bn Doha port contracts to be awarded within 6 weeks
By: Michael Fahy
Three major tender packages at Doha's $7.4bn New Port Proect are due to be awarded within the next four-to-six weeks, according to the project's programme director Tim Verdon.
Speaking to Construction Week Qatar during a recent site visit, Verdon - who works for the port's project management company AECOM - said that the main contract for the supply of the port's cranes was one of the three major packages due. It will include 12 ship-to-shore cranes and 38 rubber-tyred gantry cranes.
Other major packages set to be awarded within the next two months are a contract to build the port’s cargo terminal and one for marine works for the adjacent Qatar Economic Zone 3 industrial area.
Meanwhile, tender documents for infrastructure and utilities works for the site's 5.1km2 naval base are also currently being drawn up, It is also set to be awarded within 4-6 weeks.
Out of the nine major construction packages, we’re going to have made seven awards by the end of this year. Three have already been awarded, three more are imminent and one will be made by November-December this year,” Verdon confirmed.
Design work for the project began in 2008 and the first main package - an $880m contract for the excavation of the port's basin, construction of container terminal quay walls and for a port services area - was started by China Harbour in 2011.
The basin excavation is now 50% complete and around 14,000 of a total of 34,800 blocks for quay walls have now been laid.
The project is due for completion by the second quarter of 2016, and Verdon said that the project team is currently "on target" to meet its deadline.
The site visit to New Doha Port will appear in the August edition of Maritime & Ports Middle East.