Azerbaijani Transport Ministry inks contract on construction of new port in Baku

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 30 / Trend , E.Ismayilov /

The Azerbaijani Transport Ministry has signed a contract with the Dutch Royal Haskoning company. This company won the tender on construction of a new port in the Alat settlement in Baku, the Ministry said.

The company will project of onshore and offshore sections in the area, and will develop an estimate document of the project.

The invitation to participate in the tender was sent to six companies, but only three accepted it. "The proposal of the Dutch company was the most reasonable from the technical viewpoint," the source said.

The Royal Haskoning engineering and construction design company was launched in the Netherlands in 1881.

The building of the new International Seaport in Alat will be realized into three stages and will be completed by 2015. The first stage of the project, which had to cover 2008-2010, provides building of two ferry-boats, three cargo bridges for the method of containers, vessels of 'ro- ro' type and usual (universal) dry loads. The second stage of project (2011-2013) provides building of three additional cargo bridges, and the third stage (2014-2015) - two additional cargo bridges. The project's cost is over than $400 million.

Earlier, Korean company GS Engineering & Construction completed and submitted the feasibility study for the project and the results of preliminary project work. The construction of the port is planned to be launched in 2009. All works on construction of the new port is expected to finish in 2015.

A new multimodal marine port will be constructed in Azerbaijan. Besides the logistic center, a free economic zone is planned to be constructed in this territory in future.

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