DEME lands €170m in dredging contracts

DEME has won substantial dredging works contracts in the Middle East and in Singapore
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The Belgium based DEME Group’s subsidiary MEDCO (Middle East Dredging Company) has been awarded a contract for the Old Doha Port Redevelopment project in Qatar.

Meanwhile in Singapore, DIAP (Dredging International Asia Pacific Pte Ltd) secured a contract for the Ayer Merbau Reclamation Phase 2 project. The total value of these contracts amounts to some €170m.

For the Old Doha Port Development project in Qatar MEDCO will execute the dredging works for the realignment of the access channel. Works also include the construction of a new mooring dolphin structure.

The works follow the completion of the New Port Project in Qatar for which MEDCO successfully carried out the dredging of the access channel. The New Port is now fully operational and all commercial shipping traffic has been moved from the Old Port in Doha City to the New Port. With a growing cruise tourism industry, the Ministry of Transport and Communication of the State of Qatar is implementing a redevelopment programme for the Old Doha Port. The port will serve as a cruise terminal in the future, able to accommodate the largest cruise ships of the last generation.

The contract for this project will be carried out by MEDCO in joint venture with fellow Belgian operator the Jan De Nul group.

Dredging International Asia Pacific Pte Ltd (DIAP, DEME’s subsidiary for the South East Asia region), in a joint venture with Starhigh Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, has been awarded a design and build contract for 35 hectare of land reclamation as an extension to Jurong Island for JTC Corporation, the Singapore government’s lead agency for the development of industrial infrastructure.

The scope includes design of the works, the hydraulic study of the reclamation channel, land side site clearance, bund construction with shore protection, dredging of sand key, soil improvement works, sand supply, re-use of marine dredged materials, sorted rock and land based excavated material, drainage and maintenance/diversion of the exiting drainage system.

DIAP will deploy and sand grab dredger for the dredging works. The works on this project will be executed according to the provisions of the environmental assessment and the requirements of the environmental monitoring and management programme and navigational safety.

The high environmental and workplace safety standards required by the Singapore government and by DEME will also be implemented throughout the project.

Since the early 1990s DIAP has been involved in Singapore’s industrial land extensions through contracts for the amalgamation of seven existing islands into a single Jurong Island. Previous contracts included the complementing large scale reclamation of the western part of Singapore’s main island at the Tuas View Extension area.

Besides the Jurong Island and Tuas View Extension reclamation projects, DIAP is currently executing the Jurong Island Western Extension reclamation as wellas the Tuas Terminal Phase 1 Project, which is part of Singapore’s Mega Port development at the Tuas View Extension area.

The Ayer Merbau Phase 2 reclamation is another addition to the land surface area of Jurong Island on which one of the world’s largest oil refining and petrochemical hubs is being built as part of Singapore’s national development.

By Larz Bourne

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