Saudi Binladin wins Hurghada airport deal

12 June 2011

Expansion involves building a new runway and passenger terminal

Saudi Binladin Group (SBG) has won the construction contract for the expansion of Hurghada International airport in Egypt.

The expansion of the airport involves carrying out the design of a new four-kilometre runway, taxiways, airfield lighting and also a new passenger terminal that will be able to handle 7.5 million passengers a year.

Construction will begin immediately and is expected to be complete in 2014.

The client on the project is the Egyptian Airports Company (EAC) which is a subsidiary of the Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation (Ehcaan).

Beirut-based Dar al-Handasah won the design contract together with the Egyptian Engineering Group for Consultancy for the expansion of the airport in 2005 (MEED 9:9:05). The project was originally expected to be complete by 2009.

The $100m project will be financed by the Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development.

Ehcaan also awarded the US’ Aecom the consultancy contract for Cairo Airport City earlier in June (MEED 6:6:11). The consultancy contract involves carrying out the preparation of a development strategy and masterplan for the airport city. On 22 March, Cairo Airports Company received six bids for the $400m renovation of terminal two at the airport. Cairo Airports Company is a subsidiary of Ehcaan.

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