France-based Eiffage, one of Europe’s biggest construction companies, has been selected by Anaklia Development Consortium (ADC) for the first phase of Georgia’s new deep sea port project.
Eiffage, which was directly involved in the design of the project, will work with a number of international and local partners, including ABB and local Georgian company, CRP. Around 1,500 workers will be recruited for the project, most of them locally.
ADC has already placed orders for STS cranes for the first container quay. WorldCargo News has learnt that Hyundai-Samho Heavy Industries will deliver four cranes from Korea in June 2021. Previously ZPMC reported that it is supplying 12 E-RTGs.
The project is, however, facing renewed difficulties. ADC is a joint venture of Conti International and Georgian company TBC Holding. The latter’s founders and owners Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze have now been formally charged with money laundering charges by the Georgian Prosecutor-General’s office.
They have announced they will step down from the Anaklia Foundation, in order to fight the charges, which they vehemently deny, without compromising the port project.