A Japanese/Dutch/local consortium has been awarded the consultancy contract on the planned expansion project at Borg el-Arab International Airport, located about 40 kilometres southwest of Alexandria (MEED 2:9:05).

Under the contract, Japan Airport Consultants, NACOof the Netherlands and the local ECG Engineering Consultants Groupwill jointly carry out engineering and construction management and supervision on the project and assist the client, Egyptian Airports Company, during the tender process. The project calls for the construction of a new terminal with capacity to handle 1 million passengers and 4,000 tonnes of cargo a year, as well as the upgrading of related facilities. Project completion is scheduled for late 2008.

Preliminary designs for the project, which will be financed by a $48 million loan from Japan Bank for International Co-operation (JBIC), were drawn up by the US’ Aarotec. Funds from the loan will cover building costs and consulting services, involving design, bidding assistance and the monitoring and supervision of the project.

Several other airport expansion projects are planned, at Cairo, Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh international airports (see Special Report, pages 58-59).