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Orascom-Besix JV scoops Expo 2020 infra contract

An Orascom-Besix joint venture has been awarded the contract to develop deep infrastructure for the 4.38km2 Expo 2020 site in Dubai South

An Orascom-Besix joint venture was awarded the contract for deep infrastructure works at the Expo 2020 site in Dubai South late last year.
An Orascom-Besix joint venture was awarded the contract for deep infrastructure works at the Expo 2020 site in Dubai South late last year.

A joint venture (JV) between Orascom and Besix has secured the contract to develop deep infrastructure for the Expo 2020 site in Dubai South.

The contract was awarded to the Orascom-Besix JV in late 2016. The announcement came amid news that the team responsible for the delivery of Expo 2020 plans to award 47 construction contracts, worth $3bn (AED11bn), in 2017.

The scope of the infrastructure package will include irrigation and sewerage, pipes and cabling, roads, electrical and water, and telecommunications ducting.

Once completed, the 4.38km2 Expo 2020 site will be used to host up to 300,000 visitors per day, between October 2020 and April 2021.

Ahmed Al Khatib, vice president of real estate and delivery for Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “While 2016 was an important year for design, 2017 is when the momentum of construction will really build, ahead of international participants beginning work on their pavilions in 2018.

“These important contracts will help us meet our target of completing the majority of construction with a year to go before Expo 2020 Dubai opens its doors in October 2020, providing the opportunity for all-important readiness testing.”

Early works for the Expo 2020 site are now complete, with more than 4.7 million cubic metres of earth having been moved to date. The first infrastructure contract, covering the deep infrastructure of the event’s non-gated area, Expo Village, was awarded to Tristar Engineering and Construction in July 2016.

Approximately 1,200 contracts related to Expo 2020, totalling more than $544m (AED2bn), were awarded during the course of last year.

More than 12,000 suppliers and vendors from 121 countries have registered via the Expo 2020 Dubai eSourcing Portal since it was launched in 2015. In addition to international construction outfits, such as Orascom and Besix, approximately two thirds of registered companies are classified as small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

In August 2016, it was announced that 20% of Expo 2020’s total direct and indirect spend would be allocated to SMEs. To date, 43% of all contracts have been awarded to firms within this segment.

These figures underscore the event’s commitment to empowering and engaging businesses of all sizes, and leaving a tangible economic impact through economic growth and job creation, according to the Expo 2020 team.

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