US firm takes over Oman airports projects
By Daniel Shane
Project management firm Hill International has taken over expansion work at Muscat and Salalah airports after Omani authorities cancelled the contract of a joint venture currently involved in the upgrades, it was reported.
Cowi-Laursen, which has been involved in the project for the last five years, will see its current deal to provide the works end in December, according Arabian Aerospace.
Following a statement from the Omani government barring Cowi-Laursen from re-bidding for the contract, Oman’s Ministry of Transport and Communications has instead handed responsibility for completing the projects to US-based Hill International, the site said.
The development of Muscat International Airport is said to be worth US$1.8bn and Salalah Airport US$765m.
Other contractors interested in the bidding process for the works were Dar al Handasah, AECOM Middle East and Arcadis, Arabian Aerospace reported.
When the expansion of Muscat and Salalah is completed in 2014, the airports will be capable of handling 12m and 2m passengers per year respectively.