Netherland’s Van Oord awarded $696mn Kuwait dredging project.


Van Oord has been awarded a $696mn land reclamation project in Kuwait by the Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC). 

The project involves land in a salt plain near the coast to prepare for the construction of a new refinery in the Al-Zour area south of Kuwait City.The refinery will produce 615,000 barrels a day. It is the first phase of KNPC’s $23bn investment programme for this new refinery.


Van Oord CEO, Pieter van Oord, said: “The Middle East has been very important to Van Oord for decades. We are pleased to continue working and strengthening our position in the area with this contract.”Work on the project will begin immediately over a 30-month period.

The project involves dredging and reclaiming some 65mn cmof sand and executing extensive ground consolidation. It will also include constructing various channels, a basin for a future jetty, a barge dock and roads. Van Oord will deploy large trailing suction hopper dredgers and cutter suction dredgers.

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