Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (Gaca) has received eight bids for the aircraft maintenance hangars project at Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah International airport.

An award is expected in the third quarter of this year.

The bidders include:

  • Beijing Construction Engineering Group
  • UAE-based Arabtec
  • Local Almabani/Greece’s Aktor
  • Italy’s Impregilo/local Bemco/local Freyssinet/Italy’s Cimolia
  • Local Al-Seif Engineering Contracting
  • Local Saudi Binladin Group
  • Turkey’s TAV/local Al-Rajhi/UAE-based Habtoor Leighton Group
  • Cyprus-based Joannou & Paraskevaides (J&P)
  • OHL (Spain)/Al-Saad General Contracting (local)

Saudi Binladin has already won the two major construction contracts for the expansion of Jeddah airport. The two contracts, worth a total of SR25.2bn ($6.7bn), were awarded to the company in November 2010.

The first contract involves building a 600,000 square-metre passenger terminal that will be able to handle 30 million passengers each year. The second contract covers infrastructure and involves designing and building runways, tunnels, landscaping and a light-rail system.

In May, Saudi Binladin was looking to subcontract some of its work at the airport due to the scale of work involved (MEED 26:4:11).

Saudi Arabia is investing heavily in its airports. The other major airport project under way in the kingdom is the expansion of Medina airport, which is being developed under a public-private partnership (PPP). The $1.5bn first phase of the airport involves the construction of a new passenger terminal and the renovation of the existing runway.