Boskalis acquires EUR120M contract in Maldives
Boskalis acquires EUR 120 million contract for development and climate adaptive measures for Gulhifalhu in the Maldives
Boskalis has acquired a contract from the Ministry of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure of the Republic of the Maldives relating to the further development including climate adaptive measures of Gulhifalhu.
The contract carries a value of approximately EUR 120 million. This project concerns the second phase of the expansion of the island of Gulhifalhu for which Boskalis also executed the first phase in recent years.
The development of Gulhifalhu, which is located approximately four kilometers from the capital Malé, is part of the Ministry of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure's strategic plan to improve and develop the port infrastructure, and will serve as a climate adaptive solution, making this part of the Maldives resilient to rising sea levels. For the second phase of the island's expansion, Boskalis will deploy a large trailing suction hopper dredger to reclaim new land using approximately eighteen million cubic meters of sand. Boskalis' activities also include rock revetment work for shoreline protection.
To manage the environmental impacts of the dredging and land reclamation activities, a comprehensive environmental impact assessment was conducted in accordance with the highest international standards. To mitigate possible adverse effects, Boskalis is implementing various measures, including coral relocation and measures to limit the spreading of sediments in the water in combination with regular monitoring of the water quality.