China Harbour Engineering

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China Harbour Engineering Co Ltd
IndustryCivil engineering
HeadquartersBeijing, China
ParentChina Communications Construction Company

China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC) is an engineering contractor and a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), providing infrastructure construction, such as marine engineering, dredging and reclamation, road and bridge, railways, airports and plant construction.[1] It is the second largest dredging company in the world, carrying out projects in Asia, Africa, and Europe.[2]

Being a major operation arm of CCCC on international level, CHEC’s more than 70 branches and representative offices have a global foot print in over 80 countries with a human resource strength of more than 15,000 undertaking hundreds of international projects in the total turnover of US$16 billion dollars.


The company was established in December 2005 during the merger of China Harbour Engineering Company Group (founded 1980) with China Road and Bridge Corporation into CCCC.[3]

Recently, the CCCC is ranked No. 165 as Global Fortune 500 Company and appraised No. 4 as Top Global Contractors by Engineering News Record (ENR).

The Southern Africa Division (SAD) of CHEC was set in 2006 in Luanda, Angola, building business in 9 countries including Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Botswana on behalf of CHEC.

In 2018, Sri Lankan State Minister of Finance and Mass Media Eran Wickramaratne called for an investigation into CHEC following reports that it had funded the campaign of Mahinda Rajapaksa during the 2015 Sri Lankan presidential election.[4]


CHEC has won large contracts for dredging, particularly in the Middle East and Asia. In January 2011, the company was awarded an US$880 million contract for the first phase of the New Doha port project, which involved the excavation of 58 million cubic metres of material (covering an area of 3.2 square kilometres to a depth of 18 metres) and the building of an 8-kilometre-long quay wall and a 5 km rubble breakwater.[5]

On top of its specialty as a dredger, the rest of the core business is construction in the fields of marine engineering, road and bridge, airports, power plants, railway, water supply, and environmental protection.[6] The company works on more than 100 construction projects across the world, some big ticket projects include:

Construct the extension project of Luanda Port, the biggest port of Angola (by SAD) ;

Construct the extension project of Lobito Port, the second biggest port of Angola (by SAD);

Construct the rehabilitation project of Beria Fishing Port, Beria, Mozambique,the first cryopreservation fish storage reaching 60 degrees below zero in Africa (by SAD).

Construct the extension project of the port of Walvis Bay, Namibia, including Container Terminal

& Crude Oil Terminal. The Port Walvis Bay is Namibia's largest commercial port, receiving approximately 3,000 vessel calls each year and handling about 5 million tonnes of cargo (by SAD).

Been awarded by the Angolan government to build a solid waste recycling plant in Luanda for an investment of US$195 million in 2017, the factory, when it goes into operation, will also generate power( by SAD).

Building the Port of Hambantota in Sri Lanka, which will become the largest port in South Asia by 2014.[citation needed]

° Lekki Deepwater Port EPC Project of Nigeria in 2012 The value of the contract of Phase I project is around US$679 million and the construction period is 42 months.

Costa Rica[edit]

  • Widening from two lanes, one in each direction, to four lanes, two in each direction on Route 32 between Guápiles and Puerto Limón. Project started in 2018, estimated delivery on 2020. [7]

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  1. ^ China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd.
  2. ^ "The world's biggest dredging companies". Reuters. 2010-03-29.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "NYT report: Outcry to reveal probe on CHEC funding Rajapaksa campaign". Sunday Observer. July 1, 2018. Two media reports on alleging that CHEC had funded the Rajapaksa campaign ahead of the January 2015 election appeared in local newspapers in July 2015 and May 2016, citing the investigating agencies as the CID and the FCID.
  5. ^ "Contractors submit bids for Doha port dredging work". Middle East Economic Digest. November 11, 2011.
  6. ^ "Core Business". China Harbour Engineering Company.
  7. ^ Recio, Patricia (21 September 2019). "MOPT encara a constructora china por desórdenes en proyecto de ampliación de la ruta 32". Retrieved 21 September 2019.

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