Jan 08, Colombo: The Danish construction company MT HØjgaard has completed the construction of the commercial and fishing port at Oluvil in Eastern Sri Lanka and handed it over at the end of last year.
"We have established a commercial and fishing port at Oluvil, Sri Lanka. The project has now been handed over to a satisfied client," announced the leading construction and civil engineering company.
The company has established a port with two separate basins, one for commercial activities and one for the fishing industry at Oluvil on the east coast.
Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and the Danish construction company signed the Oluvil Port Project agreement to build the new harbor in Oluvil in March 2008 at a cost of Euro 46 million with the financial assistance from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (DANIDA).
The handover ceremony was held on November 30 with the client and representatives from DANIDA, MT HØjgaard said.
The commercial port comprises 330 meters of quay with a water depth of 8 meters, and the fishing port comprises 200 meters of quay with a water depth of 3 meters, according to the company.
"The project was executed in two phases. In the first phase, we constructed two breakwaters, and in the second we dredged the port to enable access for vessels of up to 16,000 tons," said MT HØjgaard.
The 1,500 meter breakwaters have been constructed from one million tons of stone, which was blasted in the stone quarry.
The company has also constructed everything needs for the port to operate including access roads to and from the port, residential buildings, warehouses, office facilities, refrigerated warehouses and service buildings on land.
"We also constructed roads and established a 4.2 kilometer sea wall around the harbor," the company said in a release.
MT HØjgaard said although the construction took four years, during which the company encountered a number of challenges, it was a very satisfied client who received the project, with only a very few remaining defects.
Oluvil harbour was a brainchild of late leader of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Mohammad Ashroff that comes in to fruition through the Mahinda Chintana program of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.