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Top 10 biggest contract wins of April 2018

Construction Week counts down the biggest contract awards of April 2018

Construction Week counts down the biggest contract awards of April 2018.
Construction Week counts down the biggest contract awards of April 2018.

10. Jacobs Engineering wins 'landmark' Saudi Aramco contract

US giant Jacobs Engineering Group won a “landmark contract” from Saudi Aramco to project manage the Zuluf oil and gas megaproject.

Jacobs’ contract with Saudi Aramco includes supplying engineering and project management services.

This includes onshore central processing works, as well as help with an oil and gas separation plant, gas compression facilitates, a water injection plant, and connecting pipelines.

The Zuluf field in Saudi Arabia is an is an oil and gas megaproject development that will see infrastructure built to process 600,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the Zuluf offshore field in the Arabian Gulf.

Crude oil stablised offshore will be carried to the Juaymah terminal via newly-built downstream pipelines. Separated gas will be transported to the new Tanajib gas plant via a separate network of pipes.

"This landmark contract reaffirms our strong relationship with Saudi Aramco and our long-standing position in the Middle East," said Vinayak Pai, petroleum and chemicals president at Jacobs.

9. ECC chosen as main contractor for Nshama’s UNA project

UAE-based Engineering Contracting Company (ECC) was chosen as the main contractor for Nshama’s UNA project, a mixed-use building located within the Town Square development, Nshama's chief executive has revealed.

The contract was awarded in early April and includes enabling works, which will begin this week, Fred Durie, CEO at Nshama told Construction Week in an interview.

“We have six contractors on site at the moment, two infrastructure contractors, and a couple of landscape contractors,” he said.

The company has started mobilizing and is scheduled to break ground in May 2018.

8. Belgium-UAE JV wins $24m Sohar Port contract in Oman

A Belgian-Emirati joint venture (JV) awarded a $24m (OMR9.24m) contract by Oman’s Sohar Port and Free Zone.

The contract will see the development of the first 50ha of usable land within the port expansion, expected to be completed in Q4 2018, according to ONA.

The JV comprises Belgium-based marine engineering firm Dredging International NV, and Abu Dhabi contractor, Earth Moving Worldwide.

Development of Sohar Port South requires extensive land reclamation work. When the project is completed, around 2km² of land will have been added to the present capacity of the port, which stands at 20km² today.

EMW group director, Yves Aertssen, said: "Sohar Port is currently one of major ports in the Middle East, a focal harbour that links the Far East with the Arab Region.

7. East Coast wins Eagle Hills Sharjah's $43m Kalba Waterfront contract

East Coast Contracting and Trading signed a $43m (AED160m) deal to work on Eagle Hills Sharjah’s Kalba Waterfront mall.

Sharjah-based East Coast was awarded the contract by developer, Eagle Hills Sharjah.

The contractor will start enabling and structural works of the master-planned retail development soon.

East Coast will also build the 17,000m² Kalba Waterfront project, which will feature 86 shops, restaurants, a supermarket chain, indoor dining areas, children’s play areas, entertainment amenities including rock climbing walls and trampolines, and a park surrounding a mangrove-lined lagoon.

Kalba Waterfront will have 11,200m² of gross leasing area, and a car park for 300 vehicles. It is schedule to open in Q3 2019.

6. Arabtec subsidiary wins $118m Dubai Municipality contract

A subsidiary of Arabtec Holding was awarded a $117.8m (AED433m) contract by the Dubai Municipality (DM).

Arabtec Engineering Services (AES) has been awarded an infrastructure project from DM for the DS188 Jebel Ali Industrial Sewerage and Drainage System.

The project will start in May 2018, and span for 30 months.

Work included within the contract includes 65km of sewer, and 91km of stormwater networks, which will require 17km of micro-tunneling works.

The project is aimed at supplying sewerage and stormwater drainage services for Community 599 in the Jebel Ali Industrial Area.

Over the last nine years, AES has completed and delivered 12 projects for DM, worth $247.5m (AED909m).

5. Azizi awards $120m worth of contracts for Dubai Healthcare City projects

Azizi Developments awarded two contracts worth $120m (AED440m) for the development of two buildings in Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC).

Zahrat Al Safa Contracting has been appointed to construct the two buildings, with each contract valued at $60m (AED220m).

Construction on the projects began on 1 April, 2018 and is “advancing at a rapid pace”, according to a recent company statement.

Fawad Azizi will have a total of 396 units, including 201 studios, 165 one-bedroom apartments and 30 two-bedroom apartments.

The second building, Jawad Azizi, will have 383 total units, including 216 studios, 137 one-bedroom apartments, and 30 two-bedroom apartments.

Mirwais Azizi, chairman of Azizi Group, said: “Azizi Developments is committed to establishing communities and delivering premier real estate projects in Dubai. Dubai Healthcare City is one of Dubai’s urban upscale landmarks and is committed to being a health and wellness destination.

4. Kuwait contractor wins $133m Seef deal to build Bahrain's Liwan

A Kuwaiti contractor won a deal to build Seef Properties' $133m (BHD50.2m) development, Liwan.

The Bahraini project in Hamala, the country's Northern Governorate, will be built by Kuwaiti Manager Holding Company (KMC Holding), a company established by Kuwait Finance House in 1996.

Spanning 12.2ha, the mixed-use development – which comprises retail outlets, restaurants, cafés, and residential units – is due to be completed by Q4 2019.

A supermarket, a cinema, and a family entertainment centre will also be developed as part of Liwan, Arabian Business reported.

Commenting on the contract award, Essa Najibi, chairman of Seef Properties, said: "[The] awarding of this significant contract comes as a result of an extensive screening process, and we are confident that the project will be completed according to the schedule."

3. Metac wins $162m contract to build Nakheel mall in Dubai

Metac General Contracting was awarded a $162m (AED595m) contract to build a Nakheel mall in Dubai.

Nakheel's 13ha Nad Al Sheba Mall, worth $224.6m (AED825m), will be developed by Metac through the contract.

Comprising 200 shops, restaurants, and entertainment outlets across 4.64ha of leasable space, the mall is due to complete in 2021.

A Spinneys and a Union Co-op unit each, in addition to a multi-screen cinema, will also be developed within the mall, located off Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road.

Metac is already building 468 out of Nakheel's 1,572 villas in the community, through a $212.6m (AED781m) contract it won in 2015.

2. RTA awards $354m contract for Expo 2020 roads project

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) awarded two contracts worth $354m (AED1.3bn) for Phases 3 and 4 of the Dubai Expo 2020 roads project.

The contract will cover the improvement of two intersections of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street, as well as improvements on Jebel Ali Lehbab Street and Al Yalayes Street.

The project also includes construction of two flyovers at the Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street, near Dubai Investment Park.

Once complete, the development aims to ensure a smooth flow of traffic for Expo 2020 visitors and future projects in the area.

Phase 3 will cover an upgrade of the intersection of Jebel Ali Lehbab Street with Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street by converting it into a flyover, ensuring free traffic movement in all directions.

1. EPC contract signed for $3.9bn Phase 4 of Dubai's MBR Solar Park

An engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract was signed for the 700 mega-watt (MW) fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park (MBR Solar Park).

Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power and China's Shaghai Electric, Phase 4's main contractor, signed the deal in China.

MBR Solar Park is the largest CSP investment in the world, based on the independent power producer (IPP) model.

A consortium comprising ACWA Power and the Silk Road Fund is co-developing the project with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

Phase 4 will feature the world’s tallest solar tower, measuring 260m, and have the world’s largest thermal energy storage capacity.

An investment of $3.9bn (AED14.2bn) is being made for the project, which has achieved the world's lowest levelised cost of electricity (LCOE), at $0.073 per kilo-watt hour (kW/h) for concentrated solar power (CSP).

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