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The Middle East's top 10 contract wins of July 2018

India's L&T, Egypt's Orascom, and Canada's SNC-Lavalin were among the big winners of Middle East construction contracts this July

Chinese firm CMEC was picked to build Bahraini GFH's California Village in Dubailand.
Chinese firm CMEC was picked to build Bahraini GFH's California Village in Dubailand.
Azizi Riviera is under construction in Dubai's Meydan neighbourhood.
Azizi Riviera is under construction in Dubai's Meydan neighbourhood.
Atkins was signed on as lead consultant for Oman's Khazaen Economic City project.
Atkins was signed on as lead consultant for Oman's Khazaen Economic City project.
The first construction contract for Arada's Aljada in Sharjah was awarded in July 2018.
The first construction contract for Arada's Aljada in Sharjah was awarded in July 2018.
Five contracts worth $60m were awarded for a new terminal at Kuwait International Airport.
Five contracts worth $60m were awarded for a new terminal at Kuwait International Airport.
India's L&T announced it had won a contract to build a tourism facility in Muscat, Oman.
India's L&T announced it had won a contract to build a tourism facility in Muscat, Oman.
SNC-Lavalin announced two major contract wins in Kuwait.
SNC-Lavalin announced two major contract wins in Kuwait.
Al Naboodah revealed it had won five construction contracts in the UAE.
Al Naboodah revealed it had won five construction contracts in the UAE.
Egypt's Orascom revealed it had joined a conglomerate to build Egypt's largest wind farm.
Egypt's Orascom revealed it had joined a conglomerate to build Egypt's largest wind farm.
SNC-Lavalin won a contract to deliver electrical services for Dubai's Meydan One development.
SNC-Lavalin won a contract to deliver electrical services for Dubai's Meydan One development.

10. Majed Hilal wins $156m Azizi Riviera contract

The month started off with the UAE’s Majed Hilal Contracting winning a $156m (AED572m) contract to build 11 mid-rise apartment blocks for Azizi Developments.

The Dubai contractor will build the 11 buildings within Phase 4 of the waterfront Azizi Riviera development, a $3.2bn (AED12bn) residential community.

Majed Hilal Contracting will be responsible for developing more than half of the units in the final phase of the Meydan One project.

Evershine Contracting was awarded a $152m (AED559m) contract earlier this year to build 10 mid-rise towers as part of Phase 4 of the Azizi Development project.

9. Atkins wins $7m Khazaen deal in Oman

Atkins was named lead consultant for Oman’s Khazaen Economic City (KEC) megaproject through a $6.8m (OMR2.6m) contract.

As part of the deal, Atkins’ scope of work includes master planning, design, and supervision for the 51km2 smart city in the sultanate.

Additionally, Atkins will deliver environmental and sustainability assessments, as well as evaluate future construction tenders and supervise infra implementation for Phase 1 of the project.

Atkins’ five-year contract includes a clause that will allow both parties to extend the deal by 24 months.

8. Arada awards $27m contract for Aljada

This July, Modern Building Contracting Company won the first construction contract for Arada's $6.5bn (AED24bn) mixed-use megaproject, Aljada.

Arada told Construction Week that the contract was worth $27.5m (AED101m), and hinted that more contracts could follow in the coming months.

The contractor will build four Areej Apartments blocks within Phase 1 of Aljada, comprising up to 255 units.

Site mobilisation was due to begin at the time, with construction also slated to begin last month.

The UAE contractor is expected to complete its contract by the end of 2019.

7. Kuwait awards $60m airport terminal contracts

A $60m (KWD18.6m) series of five contracts was awarded to develop the new, T2 passenger terminal at Kuwait International Airport.

Hussam Al-Roumi, Kuwait’s Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs, said the first contract included the design and expansion of the runway adjacent to T2.

The remaining four contracts include “small construction works, and maintenance of roads and other facilities”, Al-Roumi told Kuwait’s state news agency, KUNA.

The names of the companies that have won these contracts are yet to be revealed.

These developments “fit into the Kuwaiti leadership’s 2035 vision of transforming Kuwait into a financial and commercial hub”, the report cited him as saying.

6. India’s L&T wins work on Oman “tourism-related facility”

Indian construction giant, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), announced last month that it had won a contract to work on a “tourism-related facility” in Oman's capital city.

The contract was one of the $438.5m (INR30bn) deals that L&T’s construction arm has recently won through its buildings and factories division.

In a missive to Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), L&T said it had received the order “from a reputed client” to work on the Muscat project.

L&T’s scope under the contract includes work on the structure, architectural finishes, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) services.

The company is also due to provide “extensive landscaping and external development” work for the project.

5. SNC-Lavalin wins KJO, KIPIC contracts in Kuwait

Canada’s SNC-Lavalin signed a five-year framework agreement with Al Khafji Joint Operations (KJO) to deliver engineering support for the Saudi-Kuwait firm's major projects.

KJO is a joint operations company that is comprised of Aramco Gulf Operations Company Limited, and Kuwait Gulf Oil Company.

SNC-Lavalin will supply engineering services for new offshore platforms, jackets, and subsea pipelines as part of the contract.

Later in July, the contractor won a commissioning deal for Al Zour Refinery from Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC).

KIPIC’s $180m (KWD54.4m) contract will see SNC-Lavalin deliver management support services for the project.

4. Al Naboodah wins five UAE contracts worth $204m

Last month, Al Naboodah Construction Group (ANCG) announced it had won five contracts collectively worth $204m (AED750m) in the country, including work with Mitsubishi Electric and Siemens.

ANCG has been contracted to build four substations for the Dubai Energy Water Authority (DEWA), three of which have been contracted through Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, with the remaining one to be delivered in a partnership with Siemens.

Work on the four substations was due to begin in July, with 2020 slated as a likely completion date. ANCG also signed a contract to launch infrastructure work in Meydan, where its scope includes building roads, landscaping, and the installation of utilities.

The final contract will see ANCG build a fire station, ambulance station, and police station, providing fit-out and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) work for the three emergency stations.

3. Orascom to build Egypt’s largest wind farm

A consortium including Orascom Construction, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and Engie will build the biggest wind farm in Egypt after a project agreement was signed late last month.

The consortium will build the 500MW wind farm in Ras Ghareb, northern Egypt, under a build-own-operate (BOO) model.

Work is under way to ensure all pre-construction paperwork and planning related to the project is completed no later than Q4 2019.

Orascom said its agreement to build another wind farm in Egypt affirmed its “tangible steps to pursue investments in the infrastructure sector that create new construction opportunities” that generate long-term market value.

2. SNC-Lavalin wins Meydan One deal

SNC-Lavalin won an engineering and procurement services contract for Dubai’s luxury Meyden One development last month.

The win, valued at approximately $70m (AED90m) according to a statement on Wednesday, will see the Canada-based project management firm design and deliver all three 132/11kV gas insulated switchgear (GIS) substations for the development, including the civil design and delivery of three two-storey buildings, all electrical equipment and electro-mechanical works.

The substations, expected to be energised in late 2019, are a key component of the electrical infrastructure of the Meydan One Development – one of Dubai’s biggest planned developments with a land mass exceeding 360ha and a gross floor area of more than 500ha.

1. CMEC wins Bahraini GFH’s California Village contract in Dubai

Chinese company China Machinery and Engineering Corporation (CMEC) won Bahrain-headquartered Global Financial Group’s (GFH) engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract for its California Village project in Dubai.

CMEC will build, and finance up to 85% of the Dubailand development, at a cost of $150m (AED551m).

Under the contract, Chinese banks will deliver finance through an insurance policy that will be issued by state government agencies.

California Village is a high-end mixed-use gated community comprising 200 private villas and 400 branded residences, located across the IMG Worlds of Adventure theme park along Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.

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