Aktor and Darwish awarded New Doha Airport package

Greece-based Aktor and Qatar's Darwish Engineering will build the US $196 million aircraft hangar

Aktor and Darwish will be responsible for all the construction works and various supporting works of a new 3,251m? aircraft hangar at NDIA.
Aktor and Darwish will be responsible for all the construction works and various supporting works of a new 3,251m? aircraft hangar at NDIA.

A consortium led by Greece's Aktor and including Qatar's Darwish Engineering has won a construction package worth US $196 million (QAR 713 million) as part of the New Doha International Airport (NDIA) development.

Cimolai of Italy is also believed to be involved in the project, a spokesperson from Darwish Engineering told Construction Week.

The contract will involve the design and construction of a 3,251m² aircraft hangar and various other works.


"The detailed design is underway, which will take around six months, and after that construction should begin," said the spokesperson.

The client for the project is Qatar's Civil Aviation Authority.

US contractor, Bechtel, was awarded the US $2.5 billion contract to develop NDIA in 2004.

The contract includes the design, construction and project management of the new facilities, which will be spread over 22 million m².

The airport is currently in the early stages of construction after reclamation work was finished late last year.

"Facilities foundations are beginning to take shape," Bechtel said in a statement. "Construction is currently on schedule and to budget."

Apart from reclaiming nearly half of the site from the sea with 50 million m³ of fill, phase one of the development will include the construction of a 140,000 m², three-storey terminal with 24 contact gates and three road interchanges.

The mid-term phase will see the addition of a further 16 contact gates and extension of the terminal building to 219,000 m², along with a suspended monorail to transport passengers through the terminal.

The final phase of development will include the addition of another 40 contact gates bringing the final total to 80, together with a further extension to the terminal building to 416,00 m².

Phase one is scheduled for completion in 2008, while the entire development is expected to be finished in 2015.

NDIA will be designed to accommodate the forthcoming Airbus A380-800 ‘superjumbo' as well as handle 50 million passengers per year.

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