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For Qatari residents: Do you prefer a summer or winter World Cup 2022?

In Ship Shape

Written by  Author |   Mon, 26 October 2015 06:06

Doha’s New Port Project anchoring soon

Strategically located south of Doha, the $7.4bn new port also includes a new base for the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces and the Qatar Economic Zone 3. One of the largest greenfield projects in the world, the port project spans around an area of about 26km². The development of the port is closely aligned to the Qatar National Vision 2030 in the ways it will serve the country’s economic, human, social and environmental development. As a major gateway to Qatar, the port will handle the country’s import volumes, as it completes other major projects well before it hosts the FIFA World Cup in 2022. The port is planned to complement Qatar’s Hamad International Airport and the railways and highways currently under development, which will link the port to other parts of the country for transportation of goods.

New Port’s location gets additional importance considering its proximity to the existing Mesaieed Industrial City, which has its own port situated on a major shipping channel. The port handles heavy industries and a wide range of petroleum products.

While Qatar has an existing harbor, it serves more as a domestic facility than an international port. The current port has reached maximum throughput capacity and its city-center location is hindering a healthy expansion.

The construction of the port started in 2011 and the completion date of Phase One will be in 2016 when the port will have a capacity of two million TEU [containers].

A major characteristics of the project is that it has minimized impact on the sensitive coastal and marine environments. Extensive environmental impact studies are carried out in conjunction with Qatar’s Ministry of Environment to identify threatened ecosystems and habitats located in or around the proposed site even before any construction began. An independent environmental monitoring consultant is on site constantly monitoring contractors’ work for compliance with conditions of the project’s Environmental Permit granted by the Ministry of Environment relating to noise, dust, air quality, water and sediment quality.

Specifications and scope of work for project

Deepwater port -17m CD

Port basin: over 4km long, 700m wide, with 71 million cubic meters of material to be excavated.

Access channel: is over 10km long, 300m wide, and 15m deep. 37 million cubic meters of material is to be dredged.

Quay wall: 8.5km long, 22m high including 35,224 pre-cast concrete blocks, each weighing between 37 to 110 tons.

Three container Terminals: Each with a capacity of 2 million TEU

A multi-use terminal for:
General cargo 1.7 mn tons per year
Grain facility 1 mn tons per year

Vehicle terminal
500,000 units per year

Facility for the Qatar Coast Guard
Offshore supply base
Over 60 buildings

Naval base
4.5km² of reclaimed land

QEZ 3 Canal
Basin: 1.5km long
Access channel: 7km long
Covers area 5km²

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