Bidders in talks over Muscat International airport
Lowest bidders in talks with Oman's Transport Ministry
The three lowest bidders for the first main construction contract for the development of Muscat International airport have begun negotiations with Oman's Transport and Communication Ministry.
The lowest bidder is a consortium of the local Galfar Engineering and Contracting Company and India's Larsen and Toubro, which has bid US $1.22 billion (OMR473 million).
The other bidders are Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC) and Turkey's TAV, with a bid of $1.32 billion and Cyprus-based Joannou and Paraskevaides with $1.35 billion.
The work involves building the northern runway, taxiway system, aprons, roads, utility buildings and other civil works. Further contracts will cover a terminal building, an air traffic control tower and ancillary buildings.
The terminal will be built between the airport's runways and will have a floor area of 290,000 m2 and be connected to the existing terminal by a rail link. Work is due to be completed by 2011.
The airport, formerly Seeb International, handles 4.5 million passengers a year, but will have capacity for 12 million passengers a year once the work is completed. Three additional phases would increase capacity to 48 million passengers a year.
A team of Denmark's Cowi and the local Larsen Architects & Consulting Engineers prepared the concept designs for the project.
A joint venture between France's Aeroports de Paris and Pakistan's National Engineering Services Pakistan & Partners is the project manager.