BESIX and Jan De Nul Group are assisting with the expansion of the port of Fujairah in Dibba, the second largest city of the emirate of Fujairah in the UAE, located along the Gulf of Oman. The works for the Dibba Bulk Handling Terminal Project were awarded to the consortium of Six Construct, BESIX’s entity in the Middle East, and Jan De Nul Group by the Port of Fujairah (PoF), one of the world’s key oil storage centres and the second-largest ship-bunkering hub in the world.
The design-and-build contract consists of dredging the navigation channel and port basin, reclamation and shore protection, as well as constructing breakwaters, a 765 m long quay wall, foundations for ship loader rails, port infrastructure and creating utilities and aids to navigation. The fishing harbor will be relocated in the process.
The expansion plans are part of PoF’s strategy to increase the port’s bulk handling capacity and operational efficiency, as well as improve the quality of its service, which is considered among the best in the world.
The consortium’s approach to optimize the design by providing ‘value engineering’, along with the newly-established Central Marine Support department, presented a strong, competitive solution to the client.
Yasser Laroussi Ben Asker, Operations Manager Marine Works Middle East at Six Construct: “Six Construct is very pleased and honoured to partner with the Port of Fujairah, as part of our decades-long history in the Emirate. The history of Six Construct and the port of Fujairah are very connected. BESIX’s entity in the Middle East helped on several occasions to extend the port infrastructure. We share the same values in aspiring to create long-term partnerships to support the Emirate’s development goals, and we are investing in a long and prosperous relationship.”
Stefan Moens, Area Manager Middle East at Jan De Nul Group: “We build on many years of experience in the UAE and this award confirms the Port of Fujairah’s satisfaction with our previous port expansion projects executed in the region. We are very proud to be appointed as a trusted partner for the delivery of these works, moreover, in consortium with BESIX, another company with Belgian roots.”
The contract is valued at 371 million AED (90.4 million EUR). Works will be carried out over 19 months.