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Van Oord awarded $696m Kuwait dredging contract

Van Oord awarded $696m Kuwait dredging contract
Van Oord has been awarded a EUR500m ($696m) land reclamation project in Kuwait by the Kuwait National petroleum Company (KNPC).

The project consists in the reclamation of land in a coastal salt plain or 'sabkha' area for the construction of a new refinery at Al-Zour, south of Kuwait City. The project is the first phase of KNPC's $25bn investment programme for the new refinery which will produce 615,000 barrels per day.

"The Middle East has been very important to Van Oord for decades, and we are pleased to continue working and strengthening our position in the are with this contract," said ceo Pieter Van Oord.

The project is to begin immediately and will take 30 months to complete with the dredging and reclaiming of some 65m cubic metres of sand and extensive ground consolidation. It will also include constructing various channels, a basin for a future jetty, a barge dock and roads.

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