Oman’s Transport & Communication Ministry has invited companies to bid by 28 September for the second construction package at Duqm airport.

The contract involves the airfield infrastructure at the airport and will add to the RO27.2m ($71m) basic infrastructure works package that the local Desert Line Projects won in September 2008.

The ministry is also evaluating bids for the construction supervision consultancy contract at the airport.

It received offers from Denmark’s Cowi and Oman’s Ibn Khaldun–Almadaen Engineering Consultants (MEED 8:3:09).

Duqm airport will complement a new drydock and ship-building facility being built in the city.

The ministry expects to open the airport in 2012.