Baytur two-thirds done on $3.4bn KSA uni project

King Khalid University project in Abha set for completion in 2014

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Contractor Saudi Arabian Baytur says work on its portion of the $3.4bn King Khalid University (KKU) project in Abha is almost two-thirds complete.

The Ministry of Finance funded scheme, which is being built over three phases, will provide educational, medical and social services for the province capital Abha as well as tens of thousands of new jobs

Saudi Arabian Baytur, which is owned by Baytur Turkey and local firms Azmeel Group and Tanami Holding, is working on phases two and three. This involves building a male-only medical city and administrative buildings. Phase one, started in 2008, is being handled by China's Guangdong Overseas Construction Group.

Phase two started in 2009 and includes an 800-bed teaching hospital, college of medicine, college of medical sciences, college of dentistry, college of pharmacy, shared classrooms and a conference centre. Phase three began in 2011 and includes eight administrative buildings split between two zones: five in Zone A and three in Zone B.

At present Saudi Arabian Baytur’s portion of work is around 65% complete for phase two and 60% complete for phase three, according to director and counsellor, Sekip Senturk.

Executive projects manager Ziya Solakoglu says the project is a coordination challenge and hence the two phases are treated as autonomous sites with their own project managers who report directly to him. The distance between the two phases in 4.5km.

Solakoglu says Saudi Arabian Baytur has around 2,000 workers on phase two and 1,300 on phase three plus an additional 500 subcontractors. Come the project peak the labour volume for phase two will reach 3,000 and for phase three 1,500.

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