Sky Oryx lands NDIA terminal

17 March 2006
The Sky Oryx joint venture, comprising Japan's Taisei Corporation and Turkey's TAV, received in mid-March the notice to proceed for the passenger terminal complex, the largest package on the estimated $2,800 million first phase of the New Doha International Airport (NDIA) project. The design and build contract, valued at QR 2,938 million ($807 million), is considered the largest building award in the state's history. The client, the NDIA Steering Committee, has also awarded India's Punj Lloyd the fuel systems package. The engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contractor on the NDIA project is the US-based Bechtel (MEED 24:2:06).

Sky Oryx originally included Lebanon's Arabian Construction Company (ACC). However, the contractor has now withdrawn from the consortium. The venture will be assisted by France's Aeroports de Paris for the detailed design work.

The 30-month contract centres on the construction of concourses A and B, which will have passenger handling capacity of 12 million a year (Qatar, MEED Special Report, 24:2:06, pages 55-57). It does not include the speciality equipment, which will be tendered separately by the client, or the foundations and piling work, which is being carried out by Belgium's Six Construct.

NDIA also issued in the second week of March a letter of award to Punj Lloyd for the estimated QR 291 million ($80 million) fuel systems package. The contractor was low bidder for the contract when prices were opened from four contractors in late December. The design and build package involves the construction of a fuel tank farm with pumping stations, hydrants and tanker loading stations.

There are more than 30 packages on the NDIA project, of which a further four are due to be awarded by the end of April.

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