Oman’s Transport & Communications Ministry is expected to award one of the last remaining construction packages for the airports at Muscat and Salalah International airports by September.

The last package covers the passenger boarding bridges.

Two further packages are currently in the prequalification stage and are expected to be awarded by the end of the year, says a source close to the airport projects in Oman.

These two packages cover the cargo and maintenance hangars and also the catering facilities. Companies are likely to be prequalified by September.

Civil works are ongoing at Muscat airport with foundations for the control tower nearing completion. Piling work for the terminal is scheduled to begin in the summer.

A consortium comprising the US’ Bechtel, Turkey’s Enka and local Bahwan Engineering won the contract to build the new terminal in October 2010 (MEED 27:10:10).

The Transport & Communications Ministry is also expected to award the third package for four more airport developments by the end of the year.

The third package covers the buildings, including the terminal buildings and control towers.These airports are at Ras al-Hadd, Duqm, Sohar and Adam.             

The two packages covering landside and airside work is complete at Adam and will be complete at Sohar in September. The landside and airside works will be finished at Ras al-Hadd and Duqm in 2012.