Bouygues Construction wins contract for construction of second port in Tangiers, Morocco
Through its subsidiaries Bouygues Travaux Publics and Bymaro, Bouygues Construction has signed a 150 million euro contract (100 million euros for Bouygues Construction) with the Special Tangiers Mediterranean Agency for construction of a new port terminal in Tangiers. The operation will be carried out as part of a consortium with Saipem.
The consortium is to build two 1,230-metre-long breakwaters, eight ferry berths and a 42-hectare logistics area. The main breakwater will consist of 23 precast caissons plus Accropodes. Using precast caissons not only decreases the environmental impact of the project, due to reductions in the project footprint and the volumes of materials used, but also shortens the construction time.
Construction is scheduled to last two years, with the first ships berthing in the new port in July 2009.
More than 800 people are expected to work on the project at peak periods.
The new roll-on/roll-off ferry port will complement the container port about to be handed over by the same consortium.
Bouygues Construction has already built a great many projects in Morocco, including Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Agadir Airport and several industrial facilities around Casablanca.
The group has considerable expertise in design and construction of port infrastructures. It is currently building a second breakwater in Monaco Harbour. It also built Caucedo container terminal in the Dominican Republic, in 2003, and the Beirut Seafront Project in 2000.