BIA gets funding

06 September 2002

The Finance & National Economy Ministry has approved the release of BD 20 million ($51 million) to finance the expansion of facilities at Bahrain International Airport (BIA). The funding will go towards the construction of a satellite terminal at the eastern end of the existing building at BIA, adding eight passenger gangways to the existing aircraft docking facilities (MEED 7:6:02).

The next phase in the scheme will be the appointment of a design consultant. NACO of the Netherlandshas drawn up the feasibility studies and masterplan for the airport's upgrade, which includes the construction of a new control tower and the conversion of the existing taxiway into an emergency runway. Total project costs are estimated at BD 60 million ($158 million).

Five contractors, including Saudi Binladen Groupand the local Ahmed Mansoor Al-A'Aliare competing for the contract to carry out the runway package, which is valued at $21 million. BIA expects to make an award by the fourth quarter. The consultant is the UK-based Jacobs Gibb (MEED 12:7:02, Cover Story).

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