Van Oord consortium wins £208m land reclamation contract in Mexico


A consortium of Van Oord and Grupo Huerta Madre has secured a land reclamation contract worth €235m (£208m)in Mexico.

As part of the contract, Van Oord and its consortium partner Grupo Huerta Madre will reclaim 12 million cubic metres of sand to create 600 hectares of new land for PetróleosMexicanos (PEMEX) refinery in Dos Bocas, Tabasco.

The 10-month project also includes 400 hectares of dynamic compaction and six million cubic metres of dry earth movement.

Van Oord dredging director Mark Roelofs said: “We will deploy one of our largest cutter suction dredgers, type Athena, and a medium- size trailing suction hopper dredger for the land reclamation.”

When operational, the Dos Bocas refinery will have the capacity of process nearly 340,000 barrels of heavy crude oil per day. This will make the country self-sufficient in refined fuel products and will strengthen the country’s independency.

Last month, PEMEX declared the bidding process to build the refinery as void and the Mexican President Andrés Manuel LópezObrador had charged the company and the Secretariat of Energy to jointly execute the new refinery project.

The bidding process was cancelled as the company claims to have received tenders in which all of them were above the country’s proposed budget for the project.

As the company will now take up the project task, it will provide financial, technical, human and material resources needed for the refinery’s construction in Dos Bocas.

PEMEXCEO Octavio Romero Oropeza also stated that the project will not affect the daily operations and said that the budget allocated for the project for this year is MXN50bn (£2.01bn).

The company also stated that the project will be supervised by the United Nations to check whether or not best practices of transparency legality and accountability regarding all activities related to this construction project are maintained.

According to the Mexican President, the entire project will cost nearly MXN160bn (£6.4bn) and will create nearly 100,000 jobs.

The project is estimated to be completed in May 2022.


Image: Van Oord’s cutter suction dredger Athena. Photo: Courtesy of Van Oord.

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