US-based Johnson Controls (JCI) has won two contracts totalling QR614m ($168m) for work on the New Doha International airport (NDIA) project in Qatar.

The first contract, worth QR346m, is for the installation of the perimeter intrusion detection systems. The second is worth about QR268m and covers the design, supply and installation of terminal operation centres and the Qatar Airways Operation Command Centre.

US-based Bechtel is the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) management contractor on the project. The client is the NDIA Steering Committee.

NDIA’s main passenger terminal is being built by the Sky Oryx consortium, which comprises Japan’s Taisei Corporation and Turkey’s TAV. A joint venture comprising Belgium’s Six Construct and the local Midmac Contracting Company won the QR2.7bn contract to build an extension of the passenger terminal in June 2010.

Contractors are currently bidding for an estimated QR1bn ($275m) fit-out contract for the terminal buildings. US-based Parsons International project management services for the contract.

Although the new passenger terminal will not open for operations until January 2013, the airport will start to handle cargo operations during 2012.

According to contractors working on the scheme, Qatar is planning to open the substation at the $14bn NDIA on 18 December to coincide with the country’s National Day.

The existing Doha International airport is already the second-largest hub in the Middle East in terms of passenger numbers, with 10 million air travellers using it each year. The NDIA will have a capacity for 50 million passengers a year, when it is completed in 2015. The first phase will be able to handle about 24 million passengers a year.