Abu Dhabi awards $3.2bn Midfield Terminal contract

ADEC approves long-awaited major airport infrastructure project

Abu Dhabi has awarded the Midfield Terminal main construction contract.
Abu Dhabi has awarded the Midfield Terminal main construction contract.
The UAE capital of Abu Dhabi.
The UAE capital of Abu Dhabi.

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The Abu Dhabi Executive Council (ADEC) has approved the award of the project tender to a general contractor to build Abu Dhabi's long-awaited $3.2bn Midfield Terminal complex.

The contract was one of a number of infrastructure projects approved by the council this week, including two hospital projects worth almost $200m. The council did not name the winning contractor - however, late last week it was rumoured that the Arabtec-TAV-CCC consortium was on the verge of securing the $3.2bn deal. Four industry sources that spoke to newswire Reuters concurred that the consortia had pipped three others to the contract.

"The group has had positive signals but no official information has been sent,” said another source from within the consortium.

“They have the lowest bid ... it’s likely they will win it,” said a third source involved in the bidding.

An official announcment on the identity of the winning bidder has not yet been made, but the three other consortia are:

  • Samsung, ACC and Six Construct
  • Bechtel Corporation, ENKA and Al Jaber Group
  • Hyundai Eng. and Construction, Kumho Eng. and Construction, China State Construction Eng. Corporation and Al Shafar General Contracting Company

ADEC also approved a raft of development projects and plans on diverse sectors as housing, food, environment, infrastructure, roads, transport, health, and nuclear energy.

The council gave it nod for a number of residential and commercial infrastructure projects in Mohammed bin Zayed City at a budget of $70m (AED 257 million). The projects cover internal road network and its infrastructure from road lighting, storm drainage and sewerage systems and water network to telecommunications services and parking facilities.

Spanning 500 hectares, the Mohammed bin Zayed City is divided into 48 residential sectors and seven public sectors. The road network covers 373kms serving, feeding traffic to 5,275 residential buildings and 1507 commercial properties.

The council also approved awarding of contracts for construction and maintenance of the new 50-bed Gayathi hospital at $120m (AED 445 million) and the new 36-bed Sila hospital at $65m (AED 239 million). The two hospitals will replace the existing health facilities with addition of more specialist medical services to provide healthcare required for the local community of the region.

After discussing an offer from the Abu Dhabi Airports Company for building a new passenger terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport, the council approved the award of the project tender to a general contractor to execute the project.

The council also reviewed plans for commissioning nuclear power plants, the first of which is expected to start operating in 2017.
 

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