Arabtec-TAV-CCC wins Midfield Terminal contract

$3.2bn Abu Dhabi airport infrastructure project confirms consortium

The tender process for the Midfield Terminal has been exceptionally drawn out. Expressions of interest were originally made back in January 2010.
The tender process for the Midfield Terminal has been exceptionally drawn out. Expressions of interest were originally made back in January 2010.

The Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has confirmed that Arabtec Holding, TAV Construction and the Greek Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) are the preferred joint bidders for the $3.2bn construction contract on the Midfield Terminal at Abu Dhabi international airport.

ADAC is now having final discussions with the consortium over the details of the contract prior to its official announcement and signing in June. The Arabtec-TAV-CCC consortium was chosen from the four remaining groups selected in February, drawn from six original qualifiers.

“Abu Dhabi Airports Company is looking forward to the construction of the Midfield Terminal Building. By announcing the preferred bidder today, the company is on-track to deliver an efficient and sustainable aviation infrastructure, capable of catering to the growing air transport needs of the Emirate,” said Khalifa Al Mazrouei, Chairman at ADAC.

The structure will be fabricated from more than 1.6m tons of concrete, 70,000 tonnes of steel, and nearly 500,000m2 of steel and glass cladding. It is due for completion and to become operational in 2017.

“Abu Dhabi is experiencing remarkable development in the air transport sector and business and tourism industries that has positioned it as a hub for international commerce and travel,” said Al Mazrouei.

The passenger facilities at the new Midfield Terminal Building will include 18,000m2 of duty-free retail shopping, 10,000m2 of F&B outlets and a 27,500m2 hopitality area comprising 23 lounges.

The aircraft piers will accommodate up to 65 jet airliners, including the largest Airbus A-380 and Boeing 747-800.

“ADAC plays a key part in the Government of Abu Dhabi's Plan 2030, given that the estimated growth rates in tourism are expected to rise from 1.8 million visitors in 2010 to 2.7 million by 2013, and to 7.5 million by 2030. ADAC will ensure that the aviation infrastructure in the Emirate, from trained UAE Nationals to world-class facilities, is ready to support this opportunity,” said Al Mazrouei.

The 700,000m2 Midfield Terminal building is one of the largest airport projects ever conceived and will ultimately more than double passenger capacity at Abu Dhabi International Airport to 47m people, in line with passenger projects up until at least 2030.

Abu Dhabi International Airport is one of the fastest growing hubs in the world with a growth rate of 19.7% over the last five years, spurred by the rapid growth of Etihad Airways and the increasing attraction of oil-rich Abu Dhabi as a destination for business and leisure, said ADAC.

Abu Dhabi International Airport was named third best airport in the world at the prestigious 2012 World Airport Awards held recently.

ADAC was established in 2006 to support this position and to spearhead the redevelopment of the Emirate's aviation infrastructure.

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