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Van Oord hired to add land at Addu City

2022-04-26 Gavin Lipsith

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The Maldives Ministry of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure of the Government of Maldives has contracted Dutch company Van Oord for a dredging and land reclamation project in Addu City. The project involves creation of 194 hectares of land as part of the Addu Development Project.

The Addu City Land Reclamation Project is worth over USD84 million and will be carried out under a direct line of credit facility from the Exim Bank of India. Van Oord’s trailing suction hopper dredger HAM 318 will be deployed for the reclamation works and will source sand from two areas in the lagoon. The project will be completed within 18 months.

Addu City comprises the inhabited islands of the southernmost atoll of the Maldives, Addu Atoll. It is home to 20,000 people on six islands surrounding a lagoon. Land will be reclaimed along the coasts of Hithadhoo and Maradhoo-Feydhoo islands and three new islands will be created in the lagoon.

The Addu Development Project is the government’s plan to stimulate the economy and tackle high unemployment by increasing economic and employment opportunities in the region. It also addresses the government’s climate change and environmental protection ambitions by promoting decentralisation and enhancing connectivity to relieve local overcrowding and reduce travel time and distance between jobs, services and homes.

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