Al Raha Beach dredging contract doubles in size

Dredging International package is increased as borrow areas for development are extended

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By  Sean Cronin Published  November 18, 2006

The dredging contract on the Al Raha Beach development in Abu Dhabi has been more than doubled in scope, adding US $93 million (AED340 million) to the cost of the project. It means that Dutch contractor Dredging International, which was awarded the work in March, will source 25 million m3 of sand instead of the original 10 million m3. The extra work was awarded after client Aldar Properties secured consent to extend borrow area limits. Michael Cox, project director, Aldar, said: “We are pleased with the progress made in the past seven months. The dredging is well ahead of schedule and we are confident that this additional work will be completed within the agreed timelines.” The dredging and reclamation contract includes work for a number of Al Raha Beach communities including Khor Al Raha, Al Bandar, Al Seef and Al Wateed at the eastern end of the development. Throughout the western section there will be capping of soft soils, with bulk filling for the Al Rumaila precinct. The contract is being supervised by Maunsell Consultancy Services, designer of the project’s overall infrastructure. Richard Cugley, project director, Maunsell, said: “The dredging and reclamation work is an essential stage of the infrastructure development and the extension of the contract will add new challenges.” Dredging will continue on the Al Raha Beach site for another 14 months with the eastern areas of the development due to be reclaimed by July 2007 and the western precincts by December 2007. The Al Raha development extends over 500ha on the beach side of the main highway leading into Abu Dhabi. It is made up of eight precincts and will be home to some 120,000 residents.

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