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Hanwha Signs Korea's Largest Ever Overseas Construction Project

May 24, 2012

Hanwha to build 100,000 homes in Iraq in Korea’s Largest Ever Overseas Construction Contract

  • USD $8 billion construction of 1,830ha sized new town
  • Growth expected to be shared with small and medium businesses and the creation of jobs through subcontractors

Aerial view of new town in the Vismaya

Hanwha group announced that the Iraqi Cabinet meeting has approved a contract with the company for the construction of 100,000 national housing homes in Iraq. This is the single largest overseas construction project ever for Korea.

This project involves the development of 1,830 hectare new town in the Vismaya region, which is 10km south east of the capital city Baghdad. (It is similar in scale to the Seoul suburb of Bundang.) The project includes building 100,000 homes, as well as the roads, water and sewage to support them. The company plans to build Islamic traditional houses and modern houses of 100, 120 and 140 square meters.

The whole project will take seven years to complete and will employ the Design-Build method, through which one company carries out the planning, procurement and construction. The total investment in the project is 7.75 billion dollars, with a 25% advance payment. The contract also includes a fee escalation clause to reflect inflation, making the expected fee closer to 8 billion dollars.

Considering the size and symbolic importance of this project, Hanwha Chariman, Kim Seung-youn, has taken a proactive role in leading his team and overseeing all operations down to the smallest detail. Also, Hanwha executives including Kim Hyun-joong, vice president of Hanwha Construction, made numerous trips to Iraq to attend approximately 20 meetings to agree on final contract terms. Over this nearly one-year project, the Iraqi government and the company set terms that were highly agreeable for both parties. The two sides signed a memorandum of agreement last May.

It is said that Hanwha’s successful completion of Incheon Eco Metro, Korea’s first and largest city development project, played a major role in the group winning this massive contract.

For this project Iraqi goverment assumes responsiblity for securing funds for the construction of new town/selling homes while Hanwha construction assumes responsibility for building 100,000 homes & estate development. Since the end of last year, the Iraqi government started soliciting subscription among 100,000 government employees. Currently the subscription has ended and purchase agreements are scheduled to be signed soon.

Hanwha Engineering & Construction

Hanwha E&C has quickly grown into a global player by leveraging its extensive experience in construction projects and by implementing its new technologies and long-term expertise across industrial, chemical, and power plants, civil engineering works, commercial buildings, and more. We have averaged an annual growth rate of 30 percent since 2002, and gained international recognition. We’ve been recognized as a top global contractor in Engineering News Record and our works are often referred to as the “bible of the construction industry.”

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Founded in 1952, Hanwha has grown quickly by anticipating and responding to changing business environments with a balanced business portfolio that includes energy & materials, aerospace, finance and retail & services. Our expertise and synergy in key areas have catapulted us into the seventh-largest business in South Korea and a Fortune Global 500 company. Hanwha continues to grow rapidly as we strive to pursue global leadership in all of our businesses. We are building a robust foundation for sustainable development and a brighter future for everyone.

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