KAIA expansion hots up

04 November 2005
Local and international contractors are preparing to submit bids by the extended deadline of 16 November for the first construction package on the long-awaited expansion of King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah. Five groups of companies attended the site visit in mid-October. They were a team of Turkey's TAV Gulfwith the local Bugshan, South Korea's Samwhan Corporationand Almabani General Contractors, Saudi Binladin Groupand Saudi Oger, all local (MEED 22:7:05).

Called the airport facilities upgrade, the estimated $165 million design and build contract involves upgrades to the airfield pavement and lighting, fuel network systems and the stormwater drainage network. The 16-month contract includes upgrading the airfield facilities for the separate Hajj terminal.

The contract is part of an early works programme. Being handled by the Presidency of Civil Aviation (PCA), the KAIA expansion will involve 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 A380s. It also entails a refurbishment of the existing Hajj terminal. NACO of the Netherlands is due to complete by early November a review of its original airport masterplan.

PCA is due to issue a tender by mid-November for the programme and construction management (PCM) services contract. About six groups of companies applied for prequalification in July for the five-year contract.

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