Omans Ministry of Transport and Communication has received bids from seven local and international contractors for package three of the new Sohar regional airport.
Package three includes the construction of a passenger terminal building, cargo terminal and other buildings. Sohar Airport is being built 10 kilometres northwest of Sohar and will serve the Batinah region and the growing flows of cargo going in and out of the expanding Sohar Port. The planned capacity of the terminal is 500,000 passengers a year and the total floor area is 9,000 square metres.
The first two packages for the Sohar airport project have already been awarded, with both the civil works package and the construction of the runway contracts being won by Austrias Strabag between 2009 and 2010.
The ministry re-floated the tender for package three in September last year, with the deadline for bids extended several times. The bids for the package were opened on Monday, with the following seven companies submitting technical offers:
- Carillion Alawi (local/UK)
- Larsen & Toubro (India)
- Strabag (Austria)
- Al-Turki Enterprises (Oman)
- Galfar Engineering & Contracting Company (Oman)
- Shapoorji Construction Company (India)
- Joannou & Paraskevaides (Cyprus)
The construction of the passenger terminals for four of Omans new regional airports, including Sohar, Ras al-Hadd, Adam and Duqm was delayed in late 2011 following the ministrys decision to put the tendering process on hold. Bids were submitted on Sohar airport in early 2012, but no contract was awarded.
In December, Omans Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (Sezad), invited bids for the main building works for the new airport being built in the economic zone. The scope of work on the projects third phase includes the construction of the passenger and cargo terminals, air traffic control complex, and related support facility buildings.