Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (Gaca) has extended the closing date for bidding on two construction packages to redevelop King Abdulaziz International airport in Jeddah.

Contractors are now preparing to submit bids on 5 December for the excavation and foundations work package, and on 9 December for the contract to build a road tunnel under the runways.

The aviation authority extended the deadlines from August to give contractors more time to prepare their bids (MEED 3:7:09).

Gaca has prequalified at least 20 companies for the foundations job.The prequalifiers are local firms Abdullah al-Khodari Sons Company, Al-Mabani General Contractors Company, Al-Muhaidib Contracting Company, Al-Saad General Contracting Company, Al-Yamama Company for Trading & Contracting, Bin Jasrallah Establishment Trading & General Contracting, El-Seif Engineering Contracting Company, Huta-Heger-field Saudi, Posco Engineering & Construction Company, Rabya Trading & Agriculture Company, Saudi Binladin Group, Saudi Oger and Shibh al-Jazira Contracting Company.

The international prequalifiers are the joint venture of the local Abdulgafar Jamjoom and Turkey’s Eren Contracting Company, China Harbour Engineering Company (Chec), Enka and Kastas, both Turkish, India’s Hindustan Construction Company, Egypt’s Orascom Construction Industries, and France’s Soletanche Bachy.

Gaca has prequalified at least 14 contractors for the road tunnel.

The local prequalifiers are Al-Khodari, Al-Mabani, Al-Muhaidib, Al-Yamama, Dallah Trans Arabia Company, El-Seif Engineering Contracting Company, Saudi Freyssinet, Nesma & Partners Contracting Company, Rabya Trading & Agriculture Company, Saudi Oger, and Shibh al-Jazira.

The international prequalifiers are the Abdulgafar Jamjoom and Eren joint venture, Chec, and a South Korean team of STX Construction and Bong Kyung Construction Company.