National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC), one of the Middle East’s leading companies providing Dredging, Reclamation, and Marine construction projects, has secured a $353.9 million contract from AD Ports for the engineering and construction works on the Shamal Development marine project.
The Shamal Development is part of the Khalifa Port located in Taweelah, Abu Dhabi, midway between Mina Zayed and Jebel Ali Port, which was built on a reclaimed artificial island reaching 4.5 km offshore.
The project, which aims to position Khalifa Port as a major global trade and logistics hub, will include the dredging of 16.8 million cubic meters of water, a 1.2 km quay wall and construction of approximately a 3.8 km long detached breakwater. There will also be ground improvement works for 1 million square meters of ground, with the project scheduled for completion in October 2023.
“The contract is part of our strategic plans to expand our operations in the UAE and beyond. We have strategic expansion plans for 2022 and the following years, and as a Group, we will be entering new markets and enhancing our presence in existing ones undertaking complex projects and sharing our expertise. As a trusted partner and a national champion company, we will bring our global expertise in delivering the project as per schedule.”
NMDC also expects that the project will create significant in-country value through its localized project execution. The UAE’s national in-country value program is anticipated to create up to 120,000 jobs, localize supply chains, attract more investment and raise the private sector’s contribution to the local gross domestic product.
The new project win comes in line with the NDMC’s strategic expansion plans and its vision to strengthen its position and expertise as a global engineering and construction powerhouse for high-quality infrastructure development in Abu Dhabi serving the world.
Mr. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director and Group CEO, AD Ports Group, remarked that, “Khalifa Port, our flagship deepwater port, provides vital infrastructure for the global maritime industry. This new development will help us further augment our infrastructure, operational and cargo handling capabilities, supporting our growth and accelerating trade flows in the region.”