Saudi Arabian Baytur eyeing fresh projects in KSA

Firm a contractor on the $3.4bn King Khalid University project in Abha

The King Khalid University project in Abha, Saudi Arabia
The King Khalid University project in Abha, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian Baytur, one of the builders of the $3.4bn King Khalid University (KKU) project in Abha, has its eye on other mega projects in the Kingdom.

The KKU which is being built over three phases will provide educational, medical and social services for the Asir province capital as well as tens of thousands of new jobs from when complete in 2014.

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.

According to director and counsellor, Sekip Senturk, Baytur is currently tendering for projects with the Saudi Arabian ministries of health, housing, and education, and with Saudi Aramco and Rayadah.

With a significant chunk of its workforce in Abhar working on KKU, Senturk says it makes sense to look at leveraging that logistical advantage towards winning other major projects in the city such as the tender for the expansion of Abhar airport. 

“KKU is our first project and we are very proud of it,” says Senturk. “By delivering this project successfully it will showcase our capabilities alongside the other projects we are also undertaking.”

Aside from KKU, Baytur is working on projects in Mecca and Rabigh. In Mecca it is building four hotel towers for the Jabal Omar Development Company set for completion in 2015. In Rabigh it has a design and build deal with Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo JV for non-process buildings set for completion in 2016.

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