International Dredging Review

International Dredging Review

Royal Boskalis Westminster nv has won a contract to construct a mega LNG harbor in Ras Laffan Qatar. The contract is to be implemented within 36 months. Boskalis will build the new harbor in cooperation with the dredging company Jan de Nul. The total contract value is approximately US $ 2 billion in which Boskalis has a 50 percent share.

In connection with the construction of the harbor 20 million cubic meters of limestone is to be dredged. Three heavy-duty cutterhead dredges wiil be used in this hard soil. The dredged material will be used as landfill for a new terminal.

The dredging work will also involve the reclamation of 25 million cubic meters of sand from the sea to be supplied by hopper dredges. The contract also includes the construction of breakwaters that will protect the new harbor. The total length of these breakwaters is 21 kilometers for which approximately 18 million tons of stone and 2.5 million cubic meters of concrete will be used.

The construction of this harbor will more than quadruple the capacity of Ras Laffan which was constructed in 1992 by Boskalis and De Nul.

This project in Qatar is one of a series of large scale land reclamation projects on the global market for maritime infrastructure. This market is driven by long term factors such as world population growth growth of the world economy and the international trading volume as well as developments on the energy markets. The Ras Laffan harbor is being expanded for the purposes of exporting LNG and related products.