The Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation (Ehcaan) is inviting consultants to submit bids by 25 July for a contract to carry out a safety and security study for Egypt’s Civil Aviation Authority.

The scope involves examining the Civil Aviation Authority’s safety and security oversight system, performing a gap analysis for safety and security and outlining a corrective action plan for any discrepancies found for safety and security.

The study will also cover the provision of capacity building in areas where weaknesses have been identified and to perform a re-evaluation of the authority’s conformance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s standards and recommended practices.

Ehcaan has received a $280m loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD). Part of this loan will be used to finance the study. The IBRD is part of the Washington-headquartered World Bank.

The contract will start in the first quarter of 2012 and is expected to take one year to complete.

Egypt is currently carrying out an expansion of terminal two at Cairo International airport. The construction contract is due to be awarded in the summer. In June, the US’ Aecom won the project management consultancy deal for Cairo Airport City (MEED 6:6:11).