Mitsubishi Corporation has been awarded a $110m contract for port construction in Iraq by General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI).
Two Turkish firms, energy infrastructure provider Calik Enerji and construction firm Gap Insaat, will undertake most of the construction work, while Mitsubishi will be responsible for coordination and will arrange the delivery of supplies from Japan.
The contract covers a port rehabilitation project in the country’s Basra province and is being funded through official development assistance loans provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
Modernisation work includes improving the existing industrial port facilities around Basra by expanding the oil products berth at Khor Al-Zubair Port, and building a new service berth for working ships and service boats at Umm Qasr Port.
Khor Al-Zubair and Umm Qasr are the only ports in operation in the Basra region.
The project aims to meet the growing demand for port infrastructure as trade flowing in and out of the country increases.
Image: An Iraqi sailor at the Umm Qasr Port (US Navy/Lt Nathan Christensen)