A consortium of Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company and Dutch project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV has won the contract to design 'the world’s largest maritime yard' in Saudi Arabia.
Royal HaskoningDHV is an independent international engineering and project management consultancy with more than 6,000 professionals on its payrolls.
On completion, the maritime yard 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.
As per the deal, HaskoningDHV UK and Hyundai will perform the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) for the infrastructure of a world-class and globally competitive maritime yard in Ras Al Khair area of the kingdom.
The facility, to be located north of Jubail on the Arabian Gulf, is poised to become the largest maritime yard in the world providing a range of services including large shipbuilding, large ship repair, offshore rigs fabrication, and offshore support vessel repair.
Royal HaskoningDHV’s specialist shipyard consultancy experience combined with Hyundai E&C’s track record in Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC) projects will provide comprehensive technical knowledge for all elements of the shipyard’s design, remarked Adrian Arnold, the project director at Royal HaskoningDHV.
"Maritime yards must be globally competitive with facilities which are cost-effective, operationally flexible, and durable. This project combines four different yards into a single development, creating significant opportunities for economies of scale and enhancing the country’s economic development," he stated.
According to Arnold, the Dutch consultancy had in 2014 undertaken the initial market study for the maritime yard. The Feed development work is now scheduled to take five months, he added.
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