Almabani scoops Jeddah airport package

28 July 2006

The local Almabani General Contractors has been awarded the SR 920 million ($245 million) airport facilities upgrade contract on the expansion of King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah. The contract is the first to be let on the estimated $1,500 million expansion programme (MEED 7:7:07).

The design and build contract involves upgrades to the airfield pavement and lighting, fuel network systems and the stormwater drainage network. The 16-month contract also includes upgrading the airfield facilities for the existing Hajj terminal, for which a separate expansion and rehabilitation is also planned. Almabani beat off competition from five groups of local and international companies.

Tendering activity is gathering pace at KAIA. Local contractors have been invited to submit design-and-build bids by 19 August for the terminal facilities upgrade package. The client, the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), has also extended the bid deadline to 7 October for the build-operate-transfer (BOT) concession to supply and install a 30,000-cubic-metre-a-day desalination plant to serve the KAIA expansion project (MEED 14:7:06). GACA has invited eight international firms to submit technical and commercial bids by mid-September for the contract to provide project and construction management (PCM) services on the KAIA expansion. Proposals are also due by 14 September from nine prequalified consortiums for the build-operate-transfer (BOT) concession covering the proposed expansion of the Hajj terminal.

The overall KAIA project involves the construction of a new terminal and support services building, modifications to the existing South and North terminals and upgrades to the existing runway and airfield systems to accommodate A380s from Europe's Airbus. NACO of the Netherlands completed a review of the original airport masterplan.

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