• Firms submit bids for Hamad International Airport expansion
  • Construction of concourse D and E to be tendered this year
  • The new airport opened in 2014

Qatar’s New Doha International Airport Steering Committee has received proposals from consultants for the programme management of future expansion works at Hamad International airport.

The full list of bidders has not been confirmed but it is understood to include several major international firms. US-based Bechtel and Parsons International, also US-based, provide programme and project management services on earlier phases of the airport development.

Doha is expected to tender a major construction contract on the airport this year. The work involves the development of concourses D and E at the airport, which opened to traffic last year. The new facilities are expected to include more gates, as well as additional retail and business facilities, and a hotel.

The architect that designed the expansion is UK-based Foster+Partners.

The expansion will add to the North Node package, which was built by a joint venture of the local Midmac Contracting and Belgium’s Six Construct.

The contracting team was awarded the QR2.7bn ($740m) deal in 2010 to build the six-level North Node extension, which is linked to the main new passenger terminal at the airport. The main passenger terminal, comprising concourses A, B and C, was built by the Sky Oryx consortium, which is made up of Japan’s Taisei Corporation and Turkey’s TAV.

The $17.5bn Hamad International airport opened in late April 2014. The project met with significant delays, after initially aiming for a 2008 launch. The new airport has the capacity to handle 30 million passengers a year, a 30.4 per cent increase on Doha International’s capacity of 23 million.

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