Bids in for royal hangar project

31 May 2002

Contractors are awaiting the award of the first of several packages on the estimated RO 15 million ($39 million) expansion of the royal hangar of Sultan Qaboos at Seeb International Airport. The client is the Directorate of Projects & Maintenance for the Royal Court of Affairs, formerly the Diwan of the Royal Court.

Eight local companies bid in mid May for the estimated RO 4.5 million ($11.5 million) contract to relocate the existing helicopter hangar facilities of the Royal Oman Police (ROP). They are Tarmac Alawi, Douglas OHI, Larsen & Toubro (Oman), National Engineering Office with Arab Technical Construction Company, Oman Shapoorji Construction Company, Bahwan Engineering Company, Al-Turki Enterprises, and Galfar Engineering & Contracting.

The relocation of the hangar, which is the first major phase of the scheme, involves building new facilities, stores, offices, a small passenger terminal, taxiway and extending the existing runway apron for ROP's airport services. Bids were also due in late May for smaller subcontracts including mechanical, electrical and plumbing, and ancillary works subcontracts, and work to expand heliport facilities at Seeb.

The main element of the project is the expansion of the existing royal hangar facilities, however. This will involve the construction of a new two-bay hangar capable of housing the next generation of superjumbo, up to the size of Airbus A380. The invitation to bid (ITB) for the advanced steel works package is expected to be issued in late May and will be followed in August by the main hangar ITB. An award is expected in late October. The UK's Halcrowis the consultant.

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