Qatari authorities announced they have awarded a second contract worth QAR4.5bn ($1.2bn) to Middle East Dredging Company to commence dredging work at the new sea port in Doha. The project on what is claimed as the world’s deepest sea port will be completed and opened in February 2016, the Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.
It is the second construction contract to be signed after Phase 1 of the New Port Project to construct Port Basin and Inner Breakwaters was awarded to China Harbour Engineering Company in January last year.
The signing of the contract will take place early next week, QNA added.
The dredging and construction of the 15 meter deep approach channel will span a 26.5 square kilometre area and would give the port an annual total cargo handling capacity of 6 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).
Qatar hopes its new port will transform the gas-rich nation’s shipping industry thanks to the installation of five general cargo terminals and berths, four container terminals and berths and a roll-on/roll-off berth, plus berthing for tug and pilot boats.