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New Port Project

Gulf Earth Moving WLL (GEM), a subsidiary of Aannemingsbedrijf Aertssen, was awarded a tender in mid-2012 for all excavation, demolition, embankment and closing for a new port in Qatar.

Construction & Infra
Qatar
2012-2015

Gulf Earth Moving WLL (GEM), a subsidiary of Aannemingsbedrijf Aertssen, was awarded a tender in mid-2012 for all excavation, demolition, embankment and closing for a new port in Qatar.

GEM has already worked for more than a year and a half on this project, deploying more than 300 pieces of heavy equipment and 830 employees in order to bring the work to completion on time for handover (in March 2015). Before that a total of 25 million cubic meters of material needs to be excavated. GEM is also involved in the coastline protection works that entails rock materials from various quarries in the United Arab Emirates being offloaded onto a pontoon, moved over the worksite and then put in place using long reach excavator cranes. Excavators and vertical balance cranes with a long reach (Sennebogen 880EQ) were mobilised to install stone facing work up to 40 meters away.

GEM has now started to remove water from the excavated area (7,000 m³/hour) and is busy excavating an extra zone for a military port: some 8 million m³ of material will be removed to a depth of -12.5 meters. The first layers (sand, slit and heavy disaggregated limestone) are being excavated using ripper buckets fitted to 90-120 ton excavators. The slightly disaggregated limestone layers and the layer of hard limestone are ripped using mining excavators weighing up to 250 tons (Hitachi EX1900-6 and Hitachi EX2500-6). Montabert hammers then break up the layers below. Each day some 45,000 m³ of rock is excavated in order to meet our milestone.

From the mobilisation of all this equipment and manpower GEM has grown in Qatar and the Gulf Region into an established earthmoving contractor. Looking ahead to the World Cup that the country.