Offshore Islands, Abu Dhabi

Xbloc armour units are applied on the shore protection of offshore islands in Abu Dhabi. The islands are being constructed by NMDC.

The size of the Xbloc armour units is 3 m3. the Xblocs are cast in Abu Dhabi at Emarat Europe and transported by barge to the offshore islands. There the Xblocs are placed by hydraulic excavator. Both video cameras and Echoscope 3D sonar mounted on the excavator is apllied to assist in the underwater placement.

The design of the islands has been prepared by Sogreah. 2D and 3D model testing has been carried out at HRWallingford in the United Kingdom.


Offshore Islands, Abu Dhabi

Project milestones

Start of production

Trial placement
May 2011

Start placement
September 2011

Project completed
May 2013

Project details

4.1 m

Length of shore protection
4.5 km

Size of Xblocs
3.0 m3

Number of units

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