The local Bahwan Contracting Company has won an estimated $217m contract as part of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing work on the first construction package at Muscat International airport.

In May a joint venture of Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC) and Turkey’s TAV won the RO500m ($1.3bn) main construction contract for the northern runway, taxiway system, aprons, roads, utility buildings and other civil works. This latest contract is a subcontract of that.

The Transport & Communications Ministry is handling the development of the airport and is currently evaluating bids for the contract to build the terminal building. It has shortlisted two companies, Cyprus-based Joannou & Paraskevaides, which is the low bidder at OR746m ($1.9bn), and the CCC TAV joint venture, which is the second lowest at OR748m (MEED 6:11:09).

The winner will build an airport terminal with a floor area of 290,000 square metres between the airport’s existing runway and a proposed second runway. A light railway will link the new terminal to Muscat International airport’s existing terminal.

The ministry has also received bids for the IT and security systems contract. The low bidder is France’s Thales, with a price of OR124m. Thales also bid OR138m to carry out the same contract with a wider scope. Germany’s Siemens has bid OR127m and UK-based Ultra Electronics OR278m.