International Partners

Internationally reputed engineering firms including Cardno and Archirodon are involved in the development of the project, as is the US Trade & Development Agency (USTDA) which has provided initial funding to the project.

Cardno is a publicly listed Australian engineering firm which is undertaking the feasibility studies for the new port. Cardno is one of the world’s largest engineering firms and has more than 8,000 professionals in two hundred ninety offices worldwide. Cardno has extensive experience in Africa and in port development, and has worked closely with OPIC on numerous projects over the past several decades.

Established in 1959, Archirodon is one of the world’s leading EPC contractors, and has been engaged to work with Cardno on the engineering parts of the feasibility study. Archirodon is one of the world's most prominent port developers, having developed ports throughout the Middle East and elsewhere over the past 60 years. Archirodon has project sites in Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E, Switzerland, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Greece, Cyprus, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. Archirodon has a US subsidiary, American International Contractors, Inc. (“AICI”), which is an international construction firm specializing in US-funded Middle East and African infrastructure projects. AICI counts amongst its public sector clients US government agencies such as the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the US Department of State Bureau of Overseas Building Operations (OBO).