Construction projects in Fujairah, are not one of the things the constituent emirate of the United Arab Emirates is known for. The emirate is better recognized for its beaches and the solitude and relaxation they present.
However few, Fujairah has projects that will put the emirate on the building and construction map in the near future. These projects include the Fujairah underground oil storage project that will deliver the world’s single biggest underground oil storage facility with a 42 million barrels capacity.
For this and more, below is our pick of the top ongoing construction projects in Fujairah.
Fujairah underground oil storage project
Developed by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) at an estimated investment of $1.2bn, the Fujairah underground oil storage project involves the construction of three underground caverns.
Each of the caverns will be excavated deep below ground level. Upon completion, each of the caverns will have a capacity of 14 million barrels and will be used to store one of the three different types of crude oil.
With a total of 42 million barrels, the Fujairah underground oil storage facility will be the world’s single biggest underground oil storage facility not only in the UAE but in the world as a whole. South Korea’s SK Engineering and Construction (SK E&C) are executing the project’s engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract.
Fujairah F3 project
F3 Holding Company is developing the Fujairah F3 project. The company is a consortium formed by Abu Dhabi Power Corporation (ADPower, 60%) and Japan’s Marubeni Corporation (40%) in February 2020.
Upon completion and commissioning in 2023, the Fujairah F3 IPP project will be UAE’s biggest independent thermal power plant. It will have the capacity to generate enough electricity for approximately 380,000 households in the northern region of the country.
Early power generation is expected to start by the summer of 2022, with full power generation beginning in 2023. The US $1.14bn plant will be powered by a JAC-class gas turbine and it will use an efficient combined cycle technology in the region
Fujairah International Airport expansion project
This project involves the construction of a new 52m tall Control Tower. The latter will feature a technical and administrative auxiliary building with approximately 2.850 m2 of net floor area. Aeronautical equipment for traffic air control and a new airport runway (Category ICAO E, 3050 x 45 m) are also set for construction.
Additionally, the Fujairah International Airport expansion project involves the extension of the current category E (700 m) runway and the construction of a new taxiway network. The taxiway network includes two new rapid exit taxiways of the current runway and connection taxiways between the new and the extended runways.
Furthermore, the project involves the development of two new Airside electrical substations. The works involve beaconing and signaling where the current beaconing will be fully replaced by a new LED technology. Lastly, the Fujairah International Airport expansion project involves civil improvements in existing navigation aid systems.
The project is developed by the Department of Civil Aviation of the Emirate of Fujairah and Abu Dhabi Airports. Its implementation is led by a joint venture between Egyptian firm Orascom Construction and UAE-based Al Sahraa Group.
The total cost of the expansion project was approximately $445m as of 2014.