The venture was the low bidder at QR 1,782 million ($489 million), some 3 per cent below the next lowest offer of QR 1,820 million ($495 million) submitted by Belgium’s Jan de Nul.

The contract covers: the dredging of about 60 million cubic metres of material to create a platform for the new airport; construction of a 14-kilometre armoured revetment to protect the platform; and the dredging of a short approach channel-turning basin and a new quay to handle aggregates and construction materials. In all, there will be a further 17-18 construction packages on the airport development. The next major package to go to tender will be for the passenger terminal foundations, for which prequalification is complete.

US-based Bechtelis the NDIA engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contractor (MEED 26:11:04).