The Oman Transport & Communications Ministry has tendered two contracts for the construction of passenger terminals at regional airports in Sohar and Ras al-Hadd.

The deadline for bids for both contracts is 4 November. Contractors have until 3 October to collect documents. The contracts form package three for both airport projects.

The construction of the passenger terminals for four of Oman’s new regional airports, including Sohar, Ras Al-Hadd, Adam and Duqm was delayed in late 2011 following the ministry’s decision to put the tendering process on hold. Bids were submitted on Sohar airport in early 2012, but no contract was awarded.

The first two packages for the Sohar airport project have already been awarded. Both the civil works package and the construction of the runway contracts were awarded to Austria’s Strabag between 2009 and 2010.

Sohar Airport is being built 10 kilometres northwest of Sohar and will serve the Batinah region and the growing flows of cargo going in and out of the expanding Sohar Port. The planned capacity of the terminal is 500,000 passengers a year and the total floor area is 9,000 square metres.

The first two packages for the Ras al-Hadd airport have also already been awarded. The civil works package was awarded to local Desert Line Projects in 2008, while local Galfar Engineering and Contracting won the contract for the runway construction in 2009.