Called the Yanbu airport facilities project, the scheme involves the construction of a new double-gateway terminal building with a capacity of 2 million passengers a year, tripling the airport’s current capacity. The contract also includes ancillary buildings and facilities, an upgrade to the existing runway, the construction of a new taxiway complete with rapid exits, and a new apron. It also covers all associated electrical work. The Yanbu project is part of a multi-billion-riyal airport upgrade programme. The biggest project is the expansion of King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah. For the first construction package, the client, the Presidency of Civil Aviation (PCA), is due to complete technical evaulation from three shortlisted bidders – Almabani, Saudi Binladin Group and South Korea’s Samwhan Corporation. PCA is due to issue two separate tenders for project management and construction supervision services, in a departure from its original strategy to tender a single contract.

The estimated $270 million package involves upgrades to the airfield pavement and lighting, fuel network systems, the stormwater drainage network, and airfield facilities for the existing Hajj terminal (MEED 25:11:05)