The contract awarded to China Harbour Engineering Company entails the construction of a breakwater structure and 3 wharfs, according to media reports. The project will be in execution in 2 years.

Other firms that submitted bids include Van Oord and Royal Boskalis Westminster, both of the Netherlands.

Saudi Aramco’s Jizan Refinery and Terminal lies at the core of the Jizan Economic City and aims to transform the Kingdom’s southwest region into a commercial and industrial hub along the Red Sea and Horn of Africa.

Jizan is also home to a regional airport. Construction work on a new airport was discontinued in early 2016 after the aviation regulator, the General Authority of Civil Aviation, was notified by Saudi Aramco that the location may present an opportunity for oil and gas exploration activity.

Saudi Aramco took over the development of the 102 sq km Jazan Economic City in 2010.