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Turkey's TAV Group sees growth on home territory

Unrest in North Africa turns spotlight to broader Middle East region

Sani Sener is president and CEO of the TAV Group. TAV Construction is the world's fourth-largest airport contractor.
Sani Sener is president and CEO of the TAV Group. TAV Construction is the world's fourth-largest airport contractor.

The downturn in the North African market due to the uprising in Libya has meant that the TAV Group is now “concentrated on the broader Middle East more than ever,” says president and CEO Sani Sener.

“We have experienced a downturn in North Africa projects this year because of the uprisings in those countries, especially Libya. We believe that stability will return to those countries, and we are optimistic that we will resume work on our projects there.

“However, for the near future we are concentrated on the broader Middle East more than ever. Now we are also in the Saudi Arabian market. We are following all infrastructure projects, especially airports, throughout the region, including Kuwait, the UAE, Bahrain and Qatar.

“The projects we follow and execute are all international projects, which bring TAV an enhanced global reputation,” says Sener.

TAV Construction is the world’s fourth-largest airport contractor, as reported in the ENR (Engineering News Record) listing in 2010. The group is operating 11 airports and constructing four new ones in the MENA region at present.

“Bids for the Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal building will be submitted in late November. Doha International Airport is set to be completed at the beginning of 2012, and the Muscat International Airport infrastructure project is halfway complete,” says Sener.

“We are involved in these projects as JVs,” he explains. "We are jointly and severally liable for the financial and technical scope defined in our contract."

“Having this, we bring our airport experience to these partnerships, where design, airport special systems and airport readiness are of major concern. These are vital issues in bringing about the airport projects as per clients’ requests.”

Read the full interview with Sani Sener in Construction Week magazine

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