Boskalis Westminster Contracting Limited has been awarded the land reclamation project of Gulhifalhu.
The USD 53 million project was launched under the government’s initiative to reduce congestion in capital city Male’.
The agreement was signed last Thursday by the Ministry of National Planning and Infrastructure’s Director-General Fathimath Shana Farooq, while Boskalis Westminster Contracting was represented by Area Manager David Boustead.
Under this agreement, 16 million cubic meters of land will be reclaimed, and a 4 km sea wall will be constructed within 180 days.
The planning ministry stated that the project was awarded to Boskalis under the Public Finance Act without bid, noting that Boskalis was chosen based on technical expertise considering the magnitude and high cost of the reclamation project.
The ministry further noted that Boskalis has already conducted several reclamation projects in Maldives, reclaiming total 198 hectares of land across 10 inhabited islands between the years 2007 and 2015.
Meanwhile, the government has awarded the projects to design the master plans for Gulhifalhu and the northern harbor of Male’ City to HQ of Singapore for USD 650,000 (MVR 10 million). The funds for the plans are yet to be secured.