Overcoming the ports challenging location was key for this PROJECT'S SUCCESS

The Aqaba New Port development was a significant project of national importance in Jordan and involved the full relocation of Aqaba Port to a new location within the southern industrial zone of ASEZA near the border with Saudi Arabia. ByrneLooby were appointed to provide value engineered solutions including the design of the new quay wall for this US$110m new build port on the Jordanian coastline.

As civil, structural and geotechnical designer on the project, we were involved at an early stage to bring designs for a number of aspects of the scheme from concept to a detailed stage. We also designed the marine services harbour, dredging and reclamation works.

The port’s location proved to be a key challenge on this project due to the area being a seismic zone. As a result, ByrneLooby designed a solution that had to meet strict corrosion and structural requirements whist also being suitably robust to withstand seismic activity and the potential for liquefaction.

ByrneLooby explored many value engineering solutions with the client, which were ultimately adopted and utilised in the design. These included spiral welded tubular steel combi piles, the changing of the tie back anchor system and a number of precast elements. These solutions resulted in an improvement in programme and durability and were ultimately cost effective to the client.



“Working on Aqaba Port was challenging but also very beneficial to my own experience. As the project was such a large development, I had to work closely with the client on site and also in their design offices. This ensured the best and most cost effective solution was reached for the client in a timely manner. I was delighted to have gained experience working on a project of this size and have since worked on several other large ports throughout the Middle East and other parts of the world.”

James, Senior Technician


Aqaba New Port, Jordan

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