New airport goes to bid

28 July 2006
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), on behalf of the Ministry of Finance, has invited international contractors to submit bids by mid-November for the construction of the $530 million Khartoum New International Airport (KNIA) project. Eight firms were prequalified in June for the 42-month engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract (MEED 29:6:06).
The project calls for the construction of the core facilities of the greenfield airport, located at Omdurman, about 40 kilometres southwest of the capital. It includes construction of two 4,000metre long runways, a taxiway system, aircraft parking system, a 70,000-square-metre main passenger terminal, air traffic control tower and ancillary airport facilities. The CAA is looking to make an award by the end of the year with work beginning by January 2007.

The new airport, which will initially have capacity for 6.5 million passengers a year, will replace the existing one, which is situated near an urban area. Germany's Dorsch Consult is the design consultant and project manager.

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