By John Lee.
Iraq's National Investment Commission (NIC) has included the "Grand Port of Al Faw" in its list of major strategic projects to be presented during the Kuwait International Conference for Iraq Reconstruction, to be held in Kuwait from 12th to 14th February:
Project cost: $6 billion
- Phase one 2018: containers: 24 million ton/year, unpacked materials/ 24million ton/year
- Phase two 2028: containers: 40 million ton/year, unpacked materials/ 32 million ton/year
- Phase three 2038: containers: 70 million ton/year, unpacked materials/ 44 million ton/year
The project includes:
- Eastern breakwater 8km
- Western breakwater 15km
- Two lines for containers berth 3.5km each 12 berth to each line total 24 containers berth and area for containers storage.
- 13 Berths for unpacked materials (grains, cement..etc.) 3.5km with conveyor belts
- Berths for Oil products export and import (outside the port basin)
- Roads and railways
- Area for buildings and trucks (around 4km²)
- Navigational channel 30km length, 17m depth.
- Berths for various goods 4.5km (22berths)
- industrial zone (approximately 8.5km²)
- depth in the port basin is 15-17 m