A Japanese consortium of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) with Mitsubishi Corporationhas been awarded an estimated AED 334 million ($91 million) contract to build an automated transport system for Dubai’s $4,200 million airport expansion.

The contract, which also includes a four-year option to operate and maintain the system, will see the consortium supply driverless vehicles, signalling systems, control systems and associated facilities.

Running underground from the new concourses 2 and 3, the project is scheduled for completion by 2008. The transport system is the latest contract to be signed for the new airport expansion.

Bids for the airport’s AX 059 package, the largest contract on the expansion project, were submitted on 27 September. Two ventures – the local Al-Naboodah Laing O’Rourkeand the local/South African team of Al-Habtoor Engineering Enterprisesand Murray & Roberts Contractors (Middle East)– bid for the contract, which is valued at about $800 million.

Beirut-based Dar al-Handasah (Shair & Partners)and Aeroports de Parisare the consultants for the project. The Department of Civil Aviation is the client (MEED 1:8:04).