Prices opened for more NDIA packages

15 July 2005
Prices were opened in mid-July for two more packages on the first phase of the New Doha International Airport (NDIA) project. The opening coincided with revised prices being submitted by two shortlisted bidders for the runway/tunnel package. The estimated $2,500 million project is being handled by the NDIA Steering Committee, which has US-based Bechtel as its engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contractor (MEED 3:6:05).

According to the bid opening prices, the local Midmac Contractingis the low bidder at QR 717 million ($197 million) for the airside/landside roads and parking package. Its nearest rival on price is Cyprus-based Joannou & Paraskevaides (J&P),which submitted a main bid of QR 895 million ($246 million) and an alternative of QR 765 million ($210 million). Ten companies were prequalified for the design and build contract. The contract covers all vehicular roads, parking, stormwater drainage, street lighting and signage on the project.

Prices were also opened for a second smaller package, covering the labour camp. On price, the local Aljaber Engineering is low bidder at QR 47.8 million ($13.1 million), followed by the local Marbu Contracting Companyat QR 48.7 million ($13.4 million) and HBK Contracting, also local, at QR 53.9 million ($14.8 million). The next package expected to be opened is for landscaping.

On the runway/tunnels package, two bidding groups were asked to submit revised prices, after the bid submitted by the original low bidder, a joint venture of the UK's Balfour Beattyand Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC), was judged non compliant. The two groups, ranked second and third on price, are a Malaysian/Chinese joint venture of Gamuda, WCT and Sinohydro Corporation, which originally quoted QR 1,833 million ($503 million), and South Korea's Daewoo Engineering & Construction, which offered a price of QR 2,082 million ($571 million - MEED 17:6:05).

In total there are more than 20 separate packages on the NDIA project. So far, eight have been awarded. Among the handful of packages out to tender is the project's largest, covering the passenger terminal. A site visit was held for the 11 prequalifiers on 11 July in preparation for bids being submitted on 11 September (MEED 1:7:05).

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