The Groundbreaking Ceremony of STFA’s Monumental Project “Small Boat Harbours” Took Place with the Participation of The President of Republic of Turkey Mr. Abdullah Gul and Kuwait Minister of Oil and Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs Dr. Ali Omair
Foundation stone for STFA’s first project “Small Boat Harbours” in Kuwait had been laid with the participation of The President of Republic of Turkey Mr. Abdullah Gül and Kuwait Minister of Oil and Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs Dr. Ali Omair on April 2nd, Wednesday. The ceremony was attended by government officials from Kuwait, corporate representatives of the involved enterprises, Turkish and Gulf region press and guests.
STFA, the Pioneer Turkish contracting company in the international arena, representing the knowledge and expertise of Turkish engineering and reflecting a 36 years of engagement and experience in the region was proud to announce the Small Boat Harbours Project, valued at 490 million USD, which will be completed within 38 months.
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Under the patronage of Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), “Small Boat Harbours” project consists of capacity extension of the Al Ahmedi Harbour and a new construction of a service harbour at Abu Halifa. The project is aimed to be completed within 38 months.
Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) is a subsidiary of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), a government owned holding company. KOC’s responsibilities involve the exploration, drilling and production of oil and gas within the State of Kuwait. The Company is also involved in the storage of crude oil and delivery to tankers for export. STFA, also cooperates with the local companies Canar and Imco for the infrastructure, construction of the buildings and electromechanical aspects of the project.
The project is split between two main locations, being the North and South projects, 7 km. apart from each other. The scope of the project consists of dredging of harbor basin, construction of piers, quay walls, pontoons, ship lift systems containing marine works, superstructure buildings and landscaping, electrical and mechanic works and ICT (Marine and Building Management Systems and Telecommunication Systems).
Long breakwater, in total 4km, will be constructed to protect the harbors by using quarried rock material of 2.5 million tons and 26,000 special protective concrete units called Accropode II.
The Quay wall, 2.5 km. length in total will be constructed by using 12,000 concrete block units in the sea and the quay walls will accommodate all the needs of future marine fleet of KOC. In order to serve the bigger marine assets of KOC, both harbors will be dredged down -7 meters CD, and the landfill attained during this dredging will be used as for the filling materials in the North and South harbours. There will also be a state of the art maintenance shipyard inclusive of a ship lift, in a capacity to serve 3 vessels at the same time.
Chairman of the Board of Directors Mr. Alp Taşkent, in his speech, said: “We are proud to add Kuwait’s “Small Boat Harbours” project to our GCC portfolio, in a region where we can reflect back 36 years of engagement and experience. At the same time, we also bear the responsibility of adding an important milestone in the cooperation of our countries.”