The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for work on Muscat and Salalah international airports in Oman are expected to be awarded in July.

Sources working on both projects tell MEED that the plan is to award the contracts before the start of Ramadan, which begins in August.

The contracts involve the construction of the main passenger terminals at both airports.

Under the Muscat contract, the winner will build an airport terminal with a floor area of 290,000 square metres between the airport’s existing runway and a proposed second runway. A light railway will link the new terminal to Muscat International Airport’s existing terminal (MEED 1:11:09).

The low bidder for the contract to build the Muscat airport terminal is Cyprus-based Joannou & Paraskevaides (J&P), with a bid of OR746m ($1.9bn).

Second is the joint venture of Turkey’s TAV and Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), with a bid of OR748m.

The other bidders are a consortium of the US’ Bechtel, Oman’s Bahwan and Turkey’s Enka with a price of OR806m, and Oman’s Galfar Engineering & Contracting Company and India’s Larsen & Toubro with a bid of OR950m.

The Galfar/Larsen & Toubro consortium has also made an alternative offer of OR920m for a contract with a smaller scope.

The Salalah airport involves the construction of a 55,000 square-metre terminal.

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 with a bid of OR273m.

Galfar and Larsen & Toubro’s submitted a joint bid of OR325m, while Joannou & Paraskevaides bid OR353m.

The client for both projects is Oman’s Transport & Communications Ministry. A joint venture of Denmark’s Cowi and local Larsen Architects and Consulting Engineers is the consultant for both airport projects.