$3.2bn Midfield Terminal contractor to be namedby CW Staff on Feb 2, 2012
The Midfield Terminal Building (MTB) at Abu Dhabi International Airport will begin construction in Q2 2012, reports the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC).
This follows the completion of extensive site preparation, piling and foundation works in 2010 and 2011. ADAC is currently evaluating tenders for the appointment of a general contractor. An award will be announced in due course, it states.
Further works are currently being prepared, or are in process, for the airfield construction, deep utilities and services and other crucial support facilities. The MTB is expected to go live in the first half of 2017.
Commenting on the government approval, ADAC chairman HE Khalifa Al Mazrouei said: "ADAC looks forward to appointing the Midfield Terminal Building contractors and creating this key infrastructure asset for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi."
The 700,000m2 terminal building will initially handle 27m-30m passengers a year. Tenders for the construction of the terminal were received in November 2011.
Since the airport expansion programme was launched in 2006, a new 60m-wide, 4,100m-long runway was completed in 2008, catering for A-380 aircraft.
Terminal 3, currently home to Etihad Airways, was opened in 2008 with a floor area of 70,000m2 and 33 check-in counters. In 2011, a new 110m-high air traffic control complex was commissioned, the highest in the region.
The expansion has also delivered an award-winning refurbishment of Terminal 1 and the construction of new aircraft parking stands to meet the continuing increase in passenger demand.
Further capacity increases in the existing terminals are also planned to handle increasing volumes of transfer passengers prior to the opening of the new terminal.
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