Award approaches on Doha airport expansion

17 January 2003
The award of the New Doha International Airport (NDIA) consultancy contract is expected to be made in February, a member of the NDIA steering committee said on 15 January. Speaking at the MEED Major Projects in Qatar conference, Hilal Jeham al-Kuwari said that four international consultants are competing for the design and project management contract. The estimated $1,000 million project, which involves the construction of a new airport to the east of the existing one, is scheduled to be completed by the Asian Games in 2006 (MEED 1:11:02).

Bidders for the contract are understood to be the US-based Bechtel, Aeroports de Paris, COWIof Denmark, and a group made up of NACOof the Netherlands, the US' CH2M Hilland DHV International (UK).

The first assignment for the selected bidder will involve the preparation of a masterplan, which is expected to take three-four months. The new airport will have capacity to handle 12 million passengers a year and 500,000 tonnes a year of cargo. It will also include maintenance hangars and support facilities and house the Emiri flight.

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