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DEME Group Secures Dredging Contract for Port of NEOM in Northwest Saudi Arabia

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In a significant development, DEME Group has been awarded a crucial contract for the second phase of transformation work at the Port of NEOM in northwest Saudi Arabia. The consortium, comprising Saudi Archirodon and DEME, will play a pivotal role in the port’s expansion, positioning it as a primary seaport of entry to the region.

Situated strategically along the Red Sea coast in Oxagon, the Port of NEOM holds strategic importance due to its proximity to the Suez Canal, a critical artery through which 13% of global trade flows. The port is poised to be a key facilitator for NEOM’s overall development, operations, and economic aspirations. It will serve as a vital hub for the import of goods and materials during the development phase and is envisioned to become a major global port serving the region.

The commencement of the project is scheduled for December 2023, with DEME collaborating in a consortium with the leading international marine construction group, Archirodon. The primary focus of the contract is to create a basin that can accommodate the world’s largest ships at the Port of NEOM. Notably, all materials reclaimed during the channel development will be utilized to support the broader development of Oxagon.

Christopher Iwens, Managing Director Dredging at DEME, expressed pride in securing this crucial project, emphasizing the company’s commitment to building a next-generation sustainable port in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He highlighted the technical and engineering expertise of DEME, combined with the capabilities of their partners at Archirodon, as key factors that played a pivotal role in clinching this landmark contract. The project marks a significant stride in advancing the maritime infrastructure and economic ambitions of the region.

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