Issue : March 2005
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Paris on 24 March said it intended to seek a UN resolution referring Darfur war crimes to the International Criminal Court (ICC).The proposal may force Washington to cast a veto or accept a tribunal it opposes. The US has offered to create a UN run all-African tribunal in Tanzania. The Bush administration objects to the ICC, fearing US citizens could face politically motivated prosecutions.According to press reports, at least 10 countries support the ...
Launching an LNG industrySubscription
Sceptics doubted that the Yemen LNG (YLNG) project would ever leave the drawing board, and with negotiations ongoing between shareholders and potential offtakers since 1996, they could be forgiven. However, the doubts are receding. With three offtake agreements signed in February, shipping and construction tenders issued and financing arrangements tentatively kicking off, the prospects for the project appear increasingly positive.
MPW 'will not cancel' Subiya causeway tenderSubscription
The Ministry of Public Works (MPW) has denied mounting speculation that the design-and-build tendering approach for the estimated $1,500 million Subiya causeway project will be scrapped in favour of a build-operate-transfer (BOT) model.
Bids due for GNPOC HQSubscription
Bids have been invited by 10 April for the main construction contract on the project to build an 18-storey corporate headquarters in Khartoum for Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company (GNPOC). The work excludes finishing, furnishing and exteriors (FF&E). The building will be located on 10,000 square metres of land in the Al-Mogren area, at the confluence of the Blue and White Nile rivers. Completion is due in January 2007. KEO International Consultantsis the ...
ACC scoops Emirates HQSubscription
Lebanon's Arabian Construction Companywas awarded on 19 March the estimated AED 530 million ($146 million) main contract on the new headquarters project for Dubai-based Emirates. The award follows a repricing exercise in which three companies submitted revised offers in early March. The other two companies to participate in the repricing were Turkey's Tepe Akfen Ventures (TAV) and the local/Cypriot National Wheel J&P (MEED 18:3:05). The 18-month ...
Bu Haleeba wins Burj business parkSubscription
The local Bu Haleeba Contracting Companyhas been awarded the estimated $80 million contract to build the first of three phases in the business park within the Burj Dubai development. The project, which will be located close to the entrance to Downtown Dubai, centres on the construction of a commercial development, covering a built-up area of 1.2 million square feet. The scope of works covers luxury offices, towers, a podium and associated landscaping. The local Dar ...
Turks take mall contractSubscription
Turkey's Tepe Akfen Ventures (TAV)has been awarded the main contract to build a shopping mall on Sheikh Zayed highway. The mall, located next to a branch of Spinneys, will have a built-up area of about 500,000 square feet and primarily sell electrical equipment. The project will be completed by 2006. The local National Engineering Bureauis the consultant.
Marina Village bids inSubscription
The local National Investment Corporation (NIC)is evaluating bids from 18 companies for the contract to build the estimated $75 million Marina Village 1 and Marina Village 2 residential development in Abu Dhabi. The project calls for the construction of 231 villas on the breakwater island development, overlooking Abu Dhabi corniche. Located close to the Marina Mall, the scope of works also includes construction of a mosque, substations, a golf club and associated leisure facilities. ...
Albion project goes for rebidSubscription
Dubai-based Nakheelis now expecting revised bids for package 9 on the estimated $1,900 million International City development by 3 April. The estimated $70 million project calls for the construction of about 30 English-themed villas. The consultant is Lebanon's Associated Consulting Engineers (ACE) International (MEED 4:3:05).
Bids in for Olefins IISubscription
Two international contractors - Paris-based Technipand South Korea's SK Engineering & Construction- submitted bids on 17 March for the contract to build an 850,000-tonne-a-year ethane cracker on the Olefins II project, the first package on the estimated $1,500 million petrochemicals complex. The bid envelopes have been sent to the Dutch office of the project management consultant (PMC), the US' Fluor Corporation. An award is expected by the end of the ...