Work will be split into three packages. It is understood that all of these will be tendered as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts by the end of May. Egypt’s Hamza & Partners is carrying out consultancy work on the project.

The project includes the construction of an airport terminal with an annual passenger capacity of 500,000, a runway and associated works.

The Ministry has also issued the tender for the first construction package on the Duqm airport project. Prospective bidders include: local companies Desert Line Projects, Galfar Engineering & Contracting, Al-Shanfari Trading & Construction Company and Strabag Oman; India’s Nagarjuna Construction Company; and Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC). The bid deadline is 19 May.

The developments are part of Muscat’s plans to build six new airports across the sultanate. New facilities are also planned for Haima, Adam, Ras al-Hadd and Shaleem. The government has set aside $44m for consultancy studies into the projects (MEED 25:02:08).