The $1.4bn expansion of Tripoli International airport will now be completed in 2012, a year later than originally planned.

The project includes the construction of two new terminals and was due to be completed by the first quarter of 2011. However, numerous revisions to the contract have resulted in delays.

“The Tripoli contract has been under revision for sometime,” says a source closely involved with the scheme. “The project is planned to be delivered in 2012.”

A joint venture of Turkey’s TAV, Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company and Brazil’s Odebrecht won the contract to build two new passenger terminals at Tripoli airport in 2007.

Odebrecht holds 50 per cent of the joint venture and the other firms hold 25 per cent each.

The terminals will cover a combined area of 350,000 square metres when they are finished and will be able to handle 20 million passengers a year.

The project also involves upgrading existing terminals, passenger boarding bridges and air traffic control infrastructure.

In November 2008, France’s Vinci Construction won the contract to build the control tower, in a consortium with the Libyan Development Company (Lidco). A joint venture of Germany’s Strabag and Lidco is building a new highway to the airport.

Bids for the apron, taxiway and runway packages are still being evaluated (MEED 2:9:09).

France’s Aeroports de Paris Ingenierie is the engineering and design consultant as well as the project supervisor.