The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), on behalf of the government, has received prequalification documents for the main construction contract on its Khartoum New International Airport (KNIA) project.

Under the proposed bidding schedule, a shortlist of companies will be issued by the end of January with invitation to bid documents now expected to be released in March. The scope of works for the estimated $530 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract covers the core facilities of a greenfield airport, located southwest of the capital. The stipulated construction period is 42 months.

The project’s funding arrangements have still to be finalised. The new airport, which will initially have capacity for 4.5 million passengers a year, will replace the existing one, which is situated near an urban area. Germany’s Dorsch Consult carried out the project’s detailed design work and is acting as project manager (MEED 23:9:05).