Abu Dhabi Airports Company (Adac) says it is yet to decide when it will issue the tender for the construction contract of the $6.8bn midfield terminal at Abu Dhabi International airport.

“There’s no new development concerning the timing of issuing the midfield tender,” says a spokesman from Adac.

In October, Adac said that the prequalification process had been completed, although companies said they had still not been told if they had been successful (MEED 20:10:10). At least 14 groups submitted prequalification documents for the tender in April.

There’s no new development concerning the timing of issuing the midfield tender

Adac spokesman

Adac’s chief executive James Bennett said in October 2010 that the terminal would take five years to complete from the time the tender is finalised. This means that the terminal is now unlikely to be finished until 2016 at the earliest.

The midfield terminal project was originally due to be complete in 2010.

Once tendered, the midfield terminal will be built between the two existing runways at Abu Dhabi International airport. It will have a total built-up area of 630,000 square metres and will also include a multi-storey car park. US-based Kohn Pederson Fox Associates designed the terminal building, which will have a capacity of 20 million passengers in its first year of operation.