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CIS completes pile-driving operation to construct phosphate export terminal in Jordan

In preparation for pile-driving, a powerful CIS S150 hammer is situated atop a pre-driven ?914mm pile. (Image source: CIS)

CIS has completed a major pile-driving operation in conjunction with the construction of a new US$240mn phosphates terminal in Jordan

According to CIS, an Acteon company that installs conductors and piles for the oil and gas and nearshore marine construction industries, the terminal is designed to export and handle more than six million tonnes of rock phosphate in bulk annually. It is located in the South Port section of the New Port of Aqaba and has storage facilities, off-loading systems and handling and ship-loading equipment.

CIS carried out a series of pile-driving operations to form the foundations of a new terminal with a new dry bulk export jetty and a dust and spill control facility. Storage plant, load transfer building and berthing terminal for the export of phosphates are located onshore.

Offshore, the complex consists of a 190 m- piloted berthing area with two parallel-to-coastline structures supporting two loading bays, two mooring dolphins, an access bridge and two bridges connecting the structures.

James Chadd, managing director of the company, said, ?The logistics of working simultaneously onshore and offshore was in and of itself a challenge, compounded by the extremely high temperatures in Jordan.?

?To address this, our engineers dedicated a great deal of time to developing a highly detailed pile-driving plan, with complete guidance on coordinating the onshore team with the crane barge. This detailed plan was finalised well in advance of the scheduled start date, paving the way for completing the job on schedule,? he added.

?The success of the operation should also be attributed to the experience of our crew and its meticulous attention to executing that plan to the letter. Plus, maintaining clear communications with the customer and all parties involved. The entire operation was completed on time without a single LTI and this illustrates our ability to work safely and efficiently. We look forward to executing many more pile-driving operations, as we gear up to expand our activities in this dynamic and challenging market,? he concluded.