Bahrain Airport Company has invited international firms to prequalify for a consultancy services contract covering the design and construction of a more environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient airport terminal.

The prequalification documents for the LEED [leadership in energy and environmental design] consultancy deal are due in on 23 October.

The contract will involve the expansion and refurbishment of the Bahrain airport’s current terminal.

In mid-August, four consultancy companies submitted financial bids for the design and supervision consultancy deal for the airport upgrade. The low bidder for that contract was Naco of the Netherlands.

In early July, six firms submitted bids for the masterplanning consultancy services deal for the expansion.

The Bahrain airport has seen increasing numbers of passengers, with an almost 10 per cent increase in passenger numbers in 2012 compared with 2011. The facility recorded a total of 8,479,884 passengers last year.