Bidders given more time for Dubai airport tunnel

08 March 2017

Underground structure will be used for the airport’s baggage handling system

Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) has extended the tender closing date for the contract to build a tunnel for the baggage handling system at Al-Maktoum International airport by two weeks to 22 March.

The companies that have been invited to bid include:

  • Alec (local)/Tristar (local)
  • ASGC (local)
  • Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC – Lebanon)
  • Dutco Group (local)
  • Joannou & Paraskevaides (J&P – Cyprus)
  • Larsen & Toubro (India)
  • Six Construct (Belgium)

The tunnel will be over 4 kilometres long, 33 metres wide, 15 metres high, and will be used for the airport’s baggage handling system. It will link the airport’s West Terminal building with the concourse buildings.

DAEP is also tendering the contract for the automated people mover (APM) system at Al-Maktoum International airport.

Bids for the contract are expected to be submitted on 30 May.

Companies that were invited to bid are understood to include:

  • Alstom (France)
  • Bombardier (Canada)
  • Mitsubishi (Japan)
  • Siemens (Germany)

DAEP plans to implement a high capacity automated conveyance system that will transport passengers between the landside terminal and the airside concourses, and connect passengers between and within concourses.

The tenders are the latest sign of accelerating construction activity on the $33bn expansion of Al-Maktoum International airport.

In December last year, a joint venture of US-based Lane and Sharjah-based National Contracting & Transportation Company (NCTC) was awarded a $125m infrastructure contract. That work involves building and installing temporary fences and gates, utilities and site offices, as well as site security. The 31-month contract is scheduled to start in January 2017.

Over the summer, the local Tristar was awarded the contract to complete the enabling works, which covers earthmoving works for the entire 36-square-kilometre site.

An expansion to the existing terminal at the airport is also under way. In March, the local Alec was awarded the construction contract. The work involves increasing the airport’s built-up area from the existing 66,107 square metres to 145,926 sq m by June 2017.

The overall expansion project involves building new terminal facilities, concourses, runways, roads and tunnels. Once completed, the expanded airport is expected to accommodate more than 220 million passengers a year, making it the world’s largest in terms of size and passenger capacity by 2050.

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