$114m Duqm airside infrastructure work begins

Airside construction work begins at Duqm in Oman, says Parsons

Airside construction to commence at Duqm Airport in Oman.
Airside construction to commence at Duqm Airport in Oman.

Construction work on the airside infrastructure facilities package of Duqm Airport will commence shortly, at a cost of around $114.43million, according to the engineering consultancy.

In a presentation at the Oman Construction Summit, Parsons project manager Alex L. Seid explained that the package, representing Phase 2 of the Duqm Airport project, will be undertaken by Korean construction firm Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction. Parsons is the main consultant to the Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC).

The project involves construction of a 4k-long runway designed and built to Code-F standards, two taxiways, and parking apron for passenger aircraft. This phase of the project is due for completion by the fourth quarter of 2012.

Serving as a regional gateway, Duqm Airport will catalyse economic, industrial and commercial growth in the Wusta region. The new airport forms a key component of a multi-modal transportation hub envisioned at Duqm, and will meet the region's future needs for domestic and international services.

Phase 1 of the airport project, entailing the development of access roads and utility support services, is due for completion before the end of this year.

The bidding process for Phase 3, at the heart of which is a passenger terminal with a capacity to handle 500,000 passengers annually, has commenced.

Also as part of the Phase 3 package, the selected contractor will build an air cargo facility of 50,000t capacity, a 36m-high air traffic control tower, and in-flight catering facilities. Completion is targeted for Q4 2013.

In his address, Seid also underlined the significant potential for airfreight generated by a number of industrial, economic and commercial investments envisaged at Duqm.

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