Van Oord awarded land reclamation contract for new refinery in Kuwait

ROTTERDAM -- Van Oord has been awarded a land reclamation project in Kuwait. 

The client is the Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC). The contract value amounts to approximately $697 million.

The project involves the reclamation of land in a Sabkha area for the construction of a new 615,000 bpd refinery. The new project is situated in the Al-Zour area south of Kuwait City. The project is the first phase of KNPC's $3 billion investment for the refinery.

Work on the project will begin immediately, with completion to take 30 months. The project involves dredging and reclaiming some 65 million cubic meters of sand and executing extensive ground consolidation. 

The project will also include constructing various channels, a basin for a future jetty, a barge dock and roads. It will also deploy large trailing suction hopper dredgers and cutter suction dredgers.

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