Besix and Jan De Nul win UAE port expansion project

Belgian contractors Besix and Jan De Nul Group have been chosen to expand the Port of Fujairah in the UAE emirate of Dibba.

The plan is to add a bulk handling terminal, upgrade the port’s equipment and infrastructure, deepen the ship channel and basin and add a 765m quay wall. It will also relocate a fishing harbour.

The €90m design-and-build programme of works is part of a two-year plan to invest around €170m in expanding the port, which became the world’s second largest oil storage centre during the Iran-Iraq war. The expansion is aimed at increasing its oil-handling capacity.

Yasser Laroussi Ben Asker, an operations manager at Six Construct, Besix’s regional subsidiary, said in a press statement: "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."

The work will be carried out over 19 months.

Image: Fujairah became an oil storage centre during the 1980s "tanker war" between Iran and Iraq (Dreamstime)

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