Oman’s Transport & Communi-cations Ministry has received bids for three major contracts to develop Muscat and Salalah international airports.

The two largest contracts are to build the main passenger ter-minals at the two airports, and the third is to install IT and security systems.

The low bidder for the contract to build the Muscat airport terminal is Cyprus-based Joannou & Paraskevaides, with a bid of OR746m ($1.9bn). Second is the joint venture of Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) and Turkey’s TAV, with a bid of OR748m.

The other bidders are a consortium of the US’ Bechtel, Oman’s Bahwan and Turkey’s Enka with a price of OR806m, and Oman’s Galfar Engineering & Contracting Company and India’s Larsen & Toubro with a bid of OR950m.

The Galfar/Larsen & Toubro consortium has also made an alternative offer of OR920m for a contract with a smaller scope. Two other companies, Saudi Binladin Group and France’s Vinci Grand Projets, prequalified for the tender but failed to bid (MEED 1:10:09).

Under the Muscat contract, 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 low bidder for the contract to build a new terminal at Salalah International airport is a joint venture of Turkey’s Alsim Alarko and India’s Nagarjuna Construction Company. The joint venture bid OR273m, 16 per cent less than Galfar and Larsen & Toubro’s joint bid of OR325m. Joannou & Para-skevaides bid OR353m.

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.