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Strabag Oman lands OMR27.6m Sohar airport contract

Airport will help boost region's cargo, courier and tourist services

Sohar Airport in northern Oman should be fully operational in 2013. Photo: Getty.
Sohar Airport in northern Oman should be fully operational in 2013. Photo: Getty.

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Strabag Oman has landed a second major contract to develop airport infrastructure services at Sohar, 200kms north of capital Muscat.

The contract, valued at OMR27.6m (AED263.3m), includes the Phase 2 construction of a 4,000m runway with turning loops at the ends, a full length parallel taxiway with high speed exits, terminal building and cargo aprons. Navigation aids, and fuel and fire fighting systems will also be installed.

Strabag Oman was awarded the OMR37.5m (AED357.7m) contract for Phase 1 work, cover site preparation, road construction, car parks and other amenities, last May.

A third phase of the project, due for tender later this year, covers the construction of a passenger terminal building designed for a capacity of around 500,000 passengers initially, as well as around 100,000 tonnes of air cargo per year. An integrated air traffic control tower and buildings for catering, fire fighting and air rescue services are also covered by the Phase 3 contract.

The airport will be fully operational in 2013.

The airport project is part of a larger plan by the Oman government to develop the area as a transport and cargo hub for the region. The Sohar port was established in 2002 and, with investments exceeding $12bn, it’s one of the largest port development projects in the GCC. The government laos has plans to develop a major expressway and rail network to service the area.

With its close proximity to the port and Sohar’s major commercial, industrial and economic centres and the Sohar Special Economic Zone and the industrial estate, it’s hoped that the new airport will support the growth of Oman's cargo, courier and passenger industries.

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