Top 10 GCC contract wins – March 2017
Construction Week takes a count of the top construction contracts awarded in the GCC region in the month of March 2017
1. ACTS wins work on five World Cup stadiums
Advanced Construction Technology Services (ACTS) has secured a series of contracts relating to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The firm will conduct geotechnical and geophysical works, and construction materials testing, on five of the venues that will be used for the event, including Al Wakrah Stadium.
The construction materials and geotechnical engineering company will also conduct similar activities for three energy centres that are being developed for the football tournament.
ACTS, which has already completed geophysical surveys on Al Wakrah Stadium, has been appointed to perform additional geotechnical and geophysical tasks, in addition to construction materials testing, for the same venue.
2. Al Futtaim Carillion chosen for $600m Expo project
Al Futtaim Carillion has been chosen as the main contractor for a $600m project involving the development of three districts for Dubai Expo 2020.
The three districts – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability – will house around 136 pavilions, which will be used by participating countries, non-governmental organisations and commercial partners, The National reported.
Edmund Mahabir, the managing director of Al Futtaim Carillion said that the company is already preparing to start construction work on the 220,000m2 site by the end of March.
Al Futtaim Carillion won a competitive tender for which 35 contractors from around the world pre-qualified.
The 40,000-seater facility is located approximately 15km south of Doha, and will host the World Cup’s quarter-final fixtures.
3. Oman signs agreement with QDC for $1bn tourism project
The government of Oman has tapped Quriyat Development Company (QDC) to work on a tourism infrastructure project aimed at further developing the sultanate’s east coast.
Oman's Ministry of Tourism signed on 23 March an agreement with the company to develop the Quriyat Tourism Complex, which has an estimated budget of around $1bn (OMR385m).
The project, which will span 128.23ha, will be constructed in three five-year phases, with $259.7m (OMR100m) allocated for the development of the first phase. The ministry is anticipating the first phase to be completed by 2021.
The project will feature tourism facilities, including three hotels, with a total of 750 rooms, and a nine-hole golf course. The complex will also feature 3,000 residential units, as well as a water park, a boulevard walk, a number of restaurants and cafés, cinema halls, a spa, and a floating dock for marine taxis, which will facilitate transport for visitors.
The Quriyat Development Company was established as joint venture between Al Madina Real Estate and Fadhaa Al Khaleej Company. Al Madina Real Estate will be the main developer of the project.
4. Kuwait awards $817m maternity hospital contract
A joint venture (JV) between SSH and Studio Altieri has been appointed as the main design consultancy for the Kuwait New Maternity Hospital (KNMH).
The JV company will work in conjunction with the appointed design-and-build (D&B) contractor, Impresa Pizzarotti.
The total contract value is $817m (KWD250m) and is to be delivered within a 54-month timeframe. Site work commenced in January 2017.
The new facility is intended to bring together all aspects of maternity care into a single complex to form a specialist hospital. The project will comprise a main hospital building, which will include a basement, ground, and podium over six levels, plus 11 levels of inpatient accommodation.
The complex will also house an annex building, consisting of outpatient clinics, an auditorium, and administrative facilities.
A multi-storey car park with two basements, a ground floor, five podium levels, and shaded roof parking is also being constructed. In addition, the development will include a central utility plant on a separate plot with an underground service tunnel.
The consultant team will be utilising Revit building information modelling (BIM) software throughout the design development. BIM will also be used during the construction phase.
5. Trelleborg secures a major EPC contract in the UAE
Swedish engineering firm, Trelleborg has won a contract for the supply of float-over equipment for a major offshore oilfield development project in the UAE.
The contract covers the project’s second of three engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) packages, which includes the installation of an accommodation platform, a gas treatment platform, and a separation platform, OE Digital reported.
As part of the contract, the company fabricated and delivered 22 sway fenders, engineered to withstand up to 320 tonnes, and six surge fenders, engineered to bear 75t per unit, for use across each of the three platforms.
Trelleborg also delivered tongue grout seals and boat landing systems, which comprise shear fenders, compression fenders, and rubstrips.
Trelleborg’s float-over fenders are used to limit the motion of a topside transport barge within the confines of a jacket slot during the float-over mating operation.
Each fender and component was designed, fabricated, and tested at its facility in Singapore, as the huge loads that needed to be accounted for at the installation site could only be replicated using its test press machine, which has a load capacity of 18,300t and weighs 600t itself.
6. 2getthere awarded transport system deal in Dubai
Dutch technology firm, 2getthere has been awarded a contract to deliver a new automated vehicle system in Dubai that will link Bluewaters with the city’s network of metro stations.
The new transport system will have a capacity of 5,000 people per hour per direction, and will feature 25 driverless group rapid transit (GRT) vehicles capable of carrying 24 passengers each.
The transit system will connect stations on the island and the Nakheel Harbour and Tower metro station, which are approximately 2.5km apart.
The capacity will initially be 3,350 people per hour per direction, with the possibility to increase to 5,000 people per hour per direction.
The trip time will be approximately 4.5 minutes. The application is also the first to feature a 2getthere third generation GRT vehicle.
This automated vehicle is said to serve in automated people mover applications as well as an autonomous transit system on public roads, integrating the necessary sensory technology.
7. Salini Impregilo wins $435m Meydan mall contract
Salini Impregilo has signed a $435m (AED1.6bn) contract with Meydan Group to build the Meydan One Mall.
The project will become the commercial centrepiece of the Meydan One urban development project, which is located between Meydan and Al Khail Road in Dubai.
According to the agreement, Salini Impregilo will prepare the area for development by overseeing the excavations and building of the sub- and super-structures for the complex, including the foundations for a ski slope and the concrete support for the steel structure above the mall.
Impregilo will begin the construction of Meydan Mall One this year and finish its part of the project within 23 months, ready for the commercial fit-out and subsequent phases of the project, which is scheduled to be completed ahead of Expo 2020.
The Meydan One Mall main contract is among $1.82bn worth of projects already awarded to Salini Impregilo this year.
8. Parsons wins $408m Sharjah airport expansion deal
Parsons Overseas Limited has been awarded a $408m (AED1.5bn) project management contract for the expansion of Sharjah International Airport.
The expansion of the airport will include the construction of a number of facilities, including the expansion of the passenger terminal as well as roads in the surrounding area.
The contract will include the pre-design, design and construction phases, and the delivery phase of the project.
Upon completion, the expansion is expected to increase the number of passengers to 25 million by 2027.
Under the directives of HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, the airport authority invited seven companies to submit their bids, according to Sharjah 24.
Sharjah International Airport Authority conducted an analytical study to evaluate the offers presented in the presence of representatives from the Department of Public Works and the Department of Civil Aviation in Sharjah.
9. Cayan awards design contract for mixed-use project in Jeddah
Saudi Arabian property developer, Cayan Group, has announced plans to build a new $320m (SAR1.2bn) mega-project at the Obhur waterfront in Jeddah.
The developer has signed the design contract with Nikken Sekkei, a Japanese architectural firm, which was also awarded Cayan’s Cantara project in Dubai.
Cayan’s new project will stretch across a built-up area of 14ha, and will consist of two towers, a five-star hotel, and a branded residences.
Ahmed Alhatti, chairman of Cayan Group commenting on the decision to invest in Jeddah said: “Saudi Arabia is Cayan Group’s home ground. The expansion of our brand to Jeddah will increase our brand awareness, and market share in Saudi Arabia."
Kamei Tadao, president, Nikken Sekkei, said: “We are happy to be a part of yet another Cayan Group project. We look forward to capturing Cayan Group’s vision, integrating the project with the Obhur waterfront, and contributing towards the completion of this project."
10. Damac awards $54m deal for 29-storey Dubai tower
Dubai's Damac Properties has awarded a $54.4m (AED200m) contract to Commodore Contracting Co for the construction of Merano Tower in the Business Bay area.
The contract covers main works for the project, a 29-storey residential tower due for completion in 2019.
Merano Tower will include one basement, one ground, three podium, and 26 residential levels.
Excavation work is underway at the development and have progressed to raft level.
De-watering systems for the project have also been connected, according to a company statement.
A swimming pool, gymnasium, and parking space will be developed as part of the project.