Consortium Awarded Design Contract for Large Maritime Yard in Saudi Arabia

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A consortium made up of engineering firm HaskoningDHV UK and Hyundai Engineering & Construction has been selected to perform the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) for the infrastructure of a large maritime yard in Saudi Arabia.

The maritime yard, located in Ras Al-Khair, which is north of Jubail on the Arabian Gulf, will be among the largest yards of its kind in the world and provide a range of services from large shipbuilding, large ship repair, offshore rig fabrication, and offshore support vessel repair.

According to the consortium it will have an impressive range of facilities including seven fully-equipped dry docks, two basins and five piers, a shiplift system, workshops, warehouses, utility services areas, as well as office buildings, living quarters, and recreational facilities for more than 10,000 workers.

“Maritime yards must be globally competitive with facilities which are cost-effective, operationally flexible, and durable,” said Adrian Arnold, Project Director at Royal HaskoningDHV. “This project combines four different yards into a single development, creating significant opportunities for economies of scale and enhancing the country’s economic development.”

Royal HaskoningDHV undertook the initial market study for the maritime yard in 2014. The FEED development work is now scheduled to take five months.