A key design challenge for the scheme under the leadership of Dr Abdelaziz Abdalla Rabie, will be to deepen the navigation channel to host ships with a draught of up to 16m. Under existing port conditions, vessel entry is restricted by the water tide level meaning ships are limited to a draught of 8.5m.
As part of the project brief, the Kuwait Ports Authority specified the need to modernise terminal facilities and increase container handling capacity in accordance with global best practice.
Upon award of the contract, SMEC Country Manager Zain Zaidi in conjunction with the SMEC Global Opportunities Manager Sybille Tildsley said,
“Our team will combine global and local expertise to offer a design solution that will future proof the port for the next 30 years. We are delighted to have the opportunity to once again work with the Kuwait Ports Authority on this hugely significant project”
Existing port infrastructure (2021) courtesy of Kuwait Ports Authority
Key elements of the scope include:
Photo from the signing ceremony
The Tbilisi Development Fund has engaged SMEC to develop the Dighomi floodplain rehabilitation strategy. The Dighomi Floodplain is an area of special conservation interest, which includes riparian forest, protected Otter habitat and other unique flora and fauna ecosystems that have been assessed as critical by the International Finance Corporate Performance Standard.
SMEC has been contracted by Electricidade De Timor-Leste (EDTL) for the role of Project Supervision Consultants for the Power Distribution Modernisation Project in Timor-Leste. Supported by a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the project aims to assist EDTL in modernising the country’s power distribution system and strengthening institutional capacity.
Geotechnics will play a key role in helping our society achieve a safe, prosperous and sustainable future. Recent droughts have resulted in a need for more dam design and construction. Recent rainfall has resulted in extensive slop failures impacting our roads, rail and urban infrastructure. Energy transformation is driving large scale solar, wind and pumped hydro construction. These projects will all require geotechnical input to future plan for our communities.
Richard Parsons, one of SMEC’s key leaders in Social Value and Engagement is presenting on their technical paper ‘Considering Social Impact Assessment from a public interest perspective - some critical questions’ at the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand 2023 Impact Assessment Symposium in Canberra.