Dutch dredging firm secures Australian order

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Dutch dredging company Van Oord and the Belgian company DEME are going to dredge the port of the Australian city of Gladstone, a project worth 415 million euros.

The work will be carried out by Van Oord and DEME’s Australian subsidiaries.

They will dredge a number of canals and rivers to improve access to quays and off-loading facilities.

Most of the 18 million cubic metres that are to be dredged up will be used to build a new port area.

Work is expected to begin in the spring of 2012 and to be completed in late 2014.

The port extension is estimated to cost close to half a billion euros.

Once the project is completed, Gladstone will be one of Australia’s largest ports, specialising in the export of liquid natural gas.   cl

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