Jeddah airport moves up a gear

07 July 2006

The General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) has invited eight international firms to submit technical and commercial bids by mid-September for the contract to provide project and construction management (PCM) services on the expansion of King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah. The tender was reissued after firms had originally been invited to submit offers in May.

A pre-bid meeting is due on 8 July in Jeddah. The invitees are Bechtel, DMJM International, Fluor Corporation, Hill International, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Turner Arabia, all of the US, Beirut-based Dar al-Handasah (Shair & Partners) and Germany's Dorsch Consult.

The scope of works on the five-year contract will include drawing up a comprehensive 30-year development masterplan aimed at serving the requirements of the airport, overseeing the construction of a new terminal and support services building, modifications to the existing south and north terminals and upgrades to the existing runway and airfield systems to accommodate Airbus A380 aircraft. NACO of the Netherlands recently reviewed the original airport masterplan. The expansion is estimated to cost at least SR 4,000 million ($1,067 million).

An award is expected by the end of August on the airport facilities upgrade package, for which South Korea's Samwhan Corporation submitted the low bid. Contractors have until 22 July to submit bids for the design and build contract to upgrade existing terminal facilities at the airport.

GACA has also set a revised 14 September deadline for nine prequalified consortiums to submit technical and commercial proposals for the build-operate-transfer (BOT) concession covering the proposed expansion of the Hajj terminal at KAIA. The project includes upgrading the 500,000-square-metre terminal and creating permanent structures to replace existing tent structures. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector lending arm of the World Bank, is advising GACA (MEED 17:3:06). www.meed.com/transport

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