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Work begins on Small Boat Harbours project

The Foundation stone for Small Boat Harbours project in Kuwait has been laid.

The ceremony involved participation of Turkish President, Abdullah Gul and Kuwait Minister of Oil and Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs, Ali Omair.

Held under the patronage of Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), the Small Boat Harbours project comprises capacity extension of Al Ahmedi Harbour and new construction of a service harbour at Abu Halifa. The project is due for completion in 38 months.

The STFA will work with local companies for infrastructure works and construction of buildings and electromechanical aspects of the project. The project is split between two main locations – North and South projects that are 7km apart from each other.

The scope of project comprises dredging the harbour basis, construction of piers, quay walls, ship lift systems containing marine works, superstructure buildings and landscaping, electrical and mechanical works and ICT. A 4km breakwater will be built to protect the harbours by using quarried rock material of 2.5mn tons and 26000 special protective concrete units.

In order to serve the huge marine assets of KOC, both harbours would be dredged down 7metres CD, and the landfill attained during the dredging will be used as filling materials in the north and south harbours. There will be state-of-the-art maintenance shipyard, including ship lift, so as to serve three vessels at the same time.

The Chairman of STFA Board of Directors said that Kuwait’s ‘Small Boat Harbours Project’ is a major addition to the GCC portfolio.

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