The decision to push ahead with phase 2, even though some of the largest packages on phase 1 have still to be awarded, was taken as a result of the rapid growth of Qatar Airways, which is planning to almost triple its fleet size to 110 aircraft from the current 42, over the next 10 years.

The client always envisaged a three-phase development of NDIA. As a result, much of the groundwork has already been completed for phase 2 by its engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contractor, the US’ Bechtel. The main scope of works under phase 2 is expected to include the construction of a third concourse and the expansion of a number of facilities under phase 1, including the central utility plant and the fuel facilities.

Tendering is in full swing on the estimated $2,800 million phase 1, due to be completed in late 2008, with the latest award going to the UAE’s Al-Hamed Development & Constructionfor the estimated QR 77 million ($21 million) landscaping package. Four other packages are under technical evaluation covering the airline support facilities, the airport operations system, the air traffic control tower and the utility systems. For the latter, reprices were submitted in late September after bids from two contractors came in above budget.

In addition, tendering is under way on the passenger terminal, the fuel systems, the Emiri flight terminal and the airline engineering and operations facility. Contracts still to be tendered include the catering facilities and the Civil Aviation Authority building.