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Sat 26 Nov 2005 04:00 AM

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Arabtec scoops tunnel contract

Contractor Arabtec has taken a US $105 million (AED 386.5 million) contract to build an opencut truck tunnel at Dubai International Financial Centre.

Contractor Arabtec has taken a US $105 million (AED 386.5 million) contract to build an opencut truck tunnel at Dubai International Financial Centre.

It is the second major package to have been awarded to the contractor on the DIFC site in as many months.

It is understood that Arabtec saw off competition from Mayalsian outfit, Peremba, to take the project.

The tunnel will allow delivery trucks to access the DIFC complex at basement level and so dramatically reduce traffic movements on the surface.

It will be built using the open cut method and constructed with reinforced concrete; and the excavation will be up to 39 m wide in places.

Preparatory ground works are already underway on the site.Arabtec general manager Thomas Barry, said: “We are delighted to be awarded this important contract.

“With the latest contract, the total value of Arabtec’s projects with the DIFC has reached AED858.5 million [$234 million].”

The firm is already working on a separate $128.5 million package which it picked up two months ago, covering construction and maintenance of ten commercial buildings at DIFC.

Work is set to start immediately and is expected to take approximately 20 months to complete.

Arabtec is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Arab Technical Construction Company.

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