Delma JV lowest bidder for $272m roads deal

Tie-up with Larsen & Toubro to widen Mafraq to Al Ghweifat highway

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A joint venture between UAE-based contractor Delma Engineering and Indian firm Laursen & Toubro (L&T) looks set to pick up a $272.3m (AED: 1bn) deal from Abu Dhabi's Abu Dhabi Department of Transport.

Delma Engineering said that the joint venture has been confirmed as the lowest bidder on the highways improvement contract, which will see a large section of the Mafraq to Al Ghweifat highway widened to dual four-lane carriageways.

The work, which will take 30 months to complete, will also see the construction of three dumb-bell interchanges along the route.

The E11 was built as a dual two-lane highway from Mafraq to the border post at Al Ghweifat, a distance of approximately 327km. A consistently poor safety record demonstrated an urgent need for change, leading the Department of Transport to undertake the upgrade of this highway in 2008.

The Delma/L&T joint venture won the bid ahead of ten other companies.

Delma Engineering is a specialist infrastructure contractor with more than 4,000 employees. 

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