Companies await airport package release

24 January 2003
The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is expected to issue a tender in mid-February for the second major package on the Dubai International Airport (DIA) expansion project (MEED 6:12:02; 15:11:02).

Called PQ 22, the package covers the reinforced concrete works on the substructures for the proposed second concourse, third terminal and car park. The facilities will be constructed on three levels over a total area of 87,000 square metres. The lowest level will be to a depth of 20 metres below ground level.

About 2 million cubic metres of concrete will be used to construct the facilities, which will take about two years to build. The contract is estimated to be worth AED 1,300 million-1,500 million ($354 million-409 million).

Contractors will be given up to 60 days to submit bids. The prospective bidders include: the local/South African joint venture of Al-Habtoor Engineering Enterpriseswith Murray & Roberts Contractors (Middle East); the local/South African team of Bu Haleeba Contractors, Al-Jaber Transport & General Contracting Establishmentand Grinekar-LTA; Kuwait's Mohamed Abdulmohsin Kharafi & Sons; the UK's John Laing; the local/UK Dutco Balfour Beatty; Germany's Bilfinger & Berger; and a four-member team of Interbeton of the Netherlands,with the local/Belgian Bel Hasa Six Constructand the local Arabian Construction Company (ACC) and Arab Technical Construction Company (Arabtec).

The estimated $4,200 million DIA expansion will be carried out in seven major packages. The local Al-Naboodah Contracting is carrying out the first major package under an estimated AED 500 million ($136 million) contract awarded in mid-2002. Known as AX 056, the contract involves earthworks and piling for terminal 3 and concourse 2 and a car park (MEED 5:7:02).

The five other major packages are:

Electromechanical works for the second concourse and third terminal;

Electromechanical Structured steel for terminal 3 and concourse 2;

Electromechanical Internal decoration and finishing;

Electromechanical Specialities, which includes baggage handling facilities and airport signage; and

Electromechanical The construction of a sky train.

The consultants are Beirut-based Dar al-Handasah (Shair & Partners) and France's Aeroports de Paris.

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