Abu Dhabi Airports Company (Adac) has invited selected companies to bid by 1 July for the contract to build an expansion to terminal 3 at Abu Dhabi International airport.

The terminal, also known at the Etihad terminal, was completed by a joint venture of the local/Australian Al-Habtoor Leighton Group and South Africa’s Murray & Roberts Contractors (Middle East) in 2009. The contracting team won the estimated $220m construction contract in 2006.

The expansion will support passenger growth at Abu Dhabi International airport, while the new midfield terminal complex is built. Adac says passenger numbers grew by 22 per cent in April when compared with the same period last year.

The current capacity at the airport is 12.5 million passengers a year. This is expected to increase to 47 million when the midfield terminal is completed. Work on the terminal building is expected to start later this year. Adac confirmed that it has selected the consortium of Turkey’s TAV, Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) and the local Arabtec Construction as the preferred bidder for the contract to build the estimated AED10.55bn midfield terminal building.

Contractors are also competing for an estimated AED1bn contract to build the airside areas for the midfield terminal building.

Bids were submitted on 3 June for the works that will support the 65 contact gates and up to 19 remote stands that the proposed terminal building will have. The construction work involves infrastructure and civils works around the midfield complex, including 300,000 square metres of pavement concrete, 600,000 sq m of flexible pavement with taxiway connections to the existing and future taxiway systems, and the installation of utilities such as power, stormwater drainage and a jet fuel system.