Oman to award airport expansion contracts soon
The lowest bidders are submitting information to the Oman Tender Board
The main contracts for the expansion of Omani airports Muscat and Salalah will be awarded very soon, according to Oman’s Tender Board.
Currently, the board is in the process of seeking information from the shortlisted consortiums, which consist of the lowest bidders for each project.
For the expansion of Muscat International Airport, the winning bidder will be assigned to design and build a new terminal, while for the Salalah airport, the successful contractor will be required to construct a new terminal as well as a runway.
Having announced plans to expand the airports as far back as January this year, the tender board has already pushed the bid deadlines back twice, so that news of the winning bidders is long-awaited.
Speaking to the Times of Oman, officials from the tender board said: “It is a design and built contract. Each consortium will come with their own design within the parameters stipulated by the government. Therefore, it is not that easy for the authorities to take a decision.”
Among the three lowest bidders for the Muscat airport project are Joannou & Paraskeevaides (Overseas) Ltd, Consolidated Contracting with TAV, and Bechtel.
Joannou & Paraskeevaides (Overseas) Ltd, a Cyprus-based construction consortium, is the lowest bidder with a bid of RO746.15 million, followed by Consolidated Contracting with TAV, bidding at RO748.82 million, and Bechtel at RO805.73 million.
Last year, a joint venture of Turkey’s TAV and Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Co (CCC) won the first major package for the airport’s expansion - a OR450 million contract to build a runway, taxiway system, aprons, roads and utility buildings.
For Salalah, the lowest bidder is a Turkish consortium Alsim Alarko Sanayi Tesisleri Ve Ticaret AS with Nagarjuna Construction Company, having also submitted the lowest bid for the project, this time of OR273.71 million.
The other two pre-qualifiers for the project include Galfar Engineering & Contracting with Larsen & Toubro, that bid at OR325.47 million, and Joannou & Paraskeevaides (Overseas) Ltd that bid at OR353 million.
Both airport projects are part of a wider plan to overhaul Oman’s airport sector, boost tourism potential and respond to an increasing demand for rising passenger numbers.
For Salalah, which currently only handles domestic flights, the aim to is turn it into an international airport.