Oman’s Transport and Communications Ministry has extended the tender closing date to 14 December for the second infrastructure works package on the New Sohar Airport project in the Al-Batinah region.

Companies were originally invited to bid by 28 September for the package, which is the second construction contract on the scheme.

In May Austria’s Strabag won a RO38m ($99m) contract for the first phase of construction work. That deal involves site preparation and infrastructure works.

The Transport and Communications Ministry also plans to build an airport terminal building as part of the third phase of the Sohar airport project. Egypt’s Hamza Associates is the design consultant (MEED 20:10:09).

Oman is planning other airport projects for Duqm, Salalah and Muscat.

The largest is at Muscat, which involves building a new terminal capable of handling 48 million passengers a year.

In October the Transport and Communications Ministry received bids from contractors for the contract to build the Muscat terminal. The low bidder is Cyprus-based Joannou & Paraskevaides, with a bid of OR746m. Second is the joint venture of Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) and Turkey’s TAV, with a bid of OR748m.

In May, the CCC-TAV joint venture won a RO500m contract for runways and infrastructure at the development.

At Salalah the low bidder for the contract to build a new terminal at Salalah International airport is a joint venture of Turkey’s Alsim Alarko and India’s Nagarjuna Construction Company.