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Oman airport contract worth US $114mn awarded

Contract covers work on Al Duqm Airport (Phase II) in Al Wusta.
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A US $114 million contract for the construction of the Al Duqm Airport (Phase II) in Al Wusta, Oman, has been awarded this week by the Oman Tender Board.

Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), Larson Toubro, Galfar Engineering and Contracting, Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction and Makyol had been in the running for the work, which entails building the main airfield infrastructure.

As part of the package, the winning firm, not yet named, will build a 4km runway, two taxiways, a parking apron for passenger aircraft, an apron taxi line and facilities for two passenger boarding bridges.

It will also install an air navigation and meteorology system, an airfield ground lighting system, fuel farm and apron fuel hydrant system as well as other utilities.

Developing the new airport on the 2700-hectare site is the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and Meteorology, as per the request of the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Oman.

The consultant for the project is Ibn Khaldun Almadaen Engineering Consultants, whilst Parsons International has handled all the design work.

The third phase of construction, which is likely to go out to tender in H1 of next year and will be the final stage before the airport opens in 2012, will involve building the passenger terminal and air traffic management facility, as well as a cargo complex to handle 50,000 tonnes of airfreight per year.

Once operational, the airport should enhance tourism into the country and improve transport facilities within and around the region for business people.

The first phase of the project, valued at US$70 million, and which involved building 27 kilometres of access roads as well as utility support services, was awarded to local contractor Desert Line Projects.

By Elizabeth Broomhall, constructionweekonline.com

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