The Supervision Committee for the Expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport (Scadia) received prequalification documents from contracting groups for the contract to build the midfield terminal at the airport.

At least 14 groups submitted prequalification forms. They are:

  • Arabian Construction Company (local/Lebanon), Bouygues (France), Samsung Corporation (South Korea), Six Construct Abu Dhabi (local/Belgium)
  • Bechtel Corporation (US), Enka (Turkey), Al-Jaber Group
  • Consolidated Contractors Company (Athens-based), TAV (Turkey), Arabtec Construction
  • Al-Habtoor Leighton (local/Australia), Murray & Roberts Contractors (South Africa), Hochtief (Germany)
  • Taisei Corporation (Japan)
  • Hyundai Engineering & Construction (South Korea), Kumho Engineering & Construction (South Korea)
  • Impregilo (Italy), Astaldi (Italy), Pizzarotti (Italy), Sinohydro Corporation (China)
  • Larsen & Toubro (India), Multiplex (Australia), National Projects Construction
  • Acciona (Spain)
  • Al-Falah, SNC Lavalin (Canada)
  • Saudi Binladin Group (Saudi Arabia), FTR International (US)
  • China Communications Construction Company (China)
  • Andrade Gutierrez (Brazil), Zagope (Portugal), Baoye Group Company (China)
  • OHL (Spain), El-Seif Engineering & Contracting (Saudi Arabia)

The midfield terminal will be built between Abu Dhabi International airport’s two runways. It will have a total built-up area of 630,000 square metres and capacity to handle 20 million passengers a year. The complex also includes a multi-floor car park.

According to the rules set out by Scadia, companies and joint ventures hoping to prequalify for the tender need to have a minimum combined turnover of $5bn a year and have successfully built at least five other airport terminals, with two of them exceeding $1bn in value (MEED 15:2:10).

Scadia had previously planned to award a build-operate-transfer deal for the terminal building in the second quarter of 2009, after France’s Aeroports de Paris, Germany’s Hochtief, and Turkey’s TAV were shortlisted for the contract at the start of 2009.

US-based Kohn Pederson Fox Associates designed the terminal building. Parsons International, also US-based, is the programme manager.

When the midfield terminal opens at the end of March 2015, it will more than double the airport’s capacity from 12-32 million passengers a year.