Oman and Iraq support Gulf market

18 October 2011

Strong performances in both markets pushes Gulf projects index up by 0.7 per cent

Contract awards this week

Biggest contract: $1.4bn

Contract awarded to the local Arabian Bemco by Saudi Electricity Company to convert the PP10 simple-cycle power plant in Riyadh

$2bn: Value of major contract awards

2: Number of contracts awarded

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Strong performances from Oman and Iraq contributed to the Gulf projects index rising by 0.7 per cent to $2.5 trillion for the week up to 18 October.

The total value of projects planned or under way in Oman rose by 11.1 per cent to $111.6bn as a $600m solar power plant project was revived and four new projects worth a total of $1.3bn were added to its index.

The biggest scheme to be added to its index was the $500m Suwaiq independent water project.

The rest of the GCC did not perform so well, with four of the six states recording a fall in the value of their projects sectors.

Project updates 
 Project NameProject Status
UAETaweelah Gas PipelineDesign
UAEMarina Rise (Reem Island)On Hold
OmanSolar Power PlantStudy
Saudi ArabiaPP10 Steam Turbines Power PlantConstruction
Qatar Doha Festival CityTender
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Qatar recorded the biggest drop, with its projects index declining by 1.5 per cent to $214bn. The main reason for this was the completion of four projects worth a total of $3.4bn. Bahrain’s market continues to slide as the political uncertainty shows no sign of ending. The UAE’s projects market fell in value by 0.6 per cent as four projects worth a combined total of $825m were completed and a $64m infrastructure project in Abu Dhabi was cancelled.

Outside the GCC, Iraq’s projects market continued its impressive growth as the total value of projects planned or under way rose by 3.9 per cent to $355bn. The main reason for the increase was the addition of the estimated $17.2bn South Gas Utilisation project in Basra to the index.

Upcoming tender deadlines 
 ClientContractSubmission date
UAEBright StartFour Seasons hotel06-Nov
UAEAbu Dhabi Airports Company Midfield Terminal   13-Nov
KuwaitDirectorate General of Civil AviationNew Runway13-Nov
UAEAbu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha) Al-Ain Hospital17-Nov
Oman Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran)Muscat Convention Centre Infrastructure28-Nov
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Iraq maintains its position as the region’s fastest growing projects market, recording a 51.9 per cent year-on-year increase.

Iran’s projects market grew in value by 0.3 per cent to $311.2bn. The rise was caused by the increase in the budget for an oil field project and the launch of a new pipeline project.

The Gulf projects index is down by 13 per cent year-on-year.


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