By Shane McGinley
Subsidiary of Belgian contracting giant part of winning bid for airport phase 3.
A subsidiary of Besix Group, the Belgian contractor that was involved in the construction of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, is part of a joint venture that has won the $750m contract to expand Qatar's international airport.
Six Construct Qatar, a subsidiary of Besix Group, was awarded the $750m contract to build Phase 3 of the New Doha International Airport Passenger Terminal Complex in a joint venture with the Midmac Contracting Co, one of the largest contractors in Qatar.
The winning of the contract was confirmed by Orascom Construction Industries (OCI), which owns 50 percent of Besix Group.
“Six Construct Qatar’s share of the contract is approximately $375m or 50 percent of the total contract value,” OCI said in a statement on its website.
The joint venture will be responsible for all structural, mechanical and electrical works as well as design coordination for the airport lounge and retail area. The project is scheduled for completion during Q4 2012, the statement added.
In January, OCI - Egypt’s biggest publicly traded builder - announced a joint venture with Morgan Stanley to invest in infrastructure in the Middle East and Africa and in June it announced that Besix had won a $265m contract for the North Manama causeway in Bahrain as part of a joint venture with the Haji Hassan Group.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al Baker said in May that Doha's new $14bn international airport is on track to be ready by the end of next year. He added that both runways and the main terminal structure were already finished at the airport, which will have a capacity of 24 million passengers in the initial opening phase.
Speaking at Bahrain International Travel Expo (BITE), Al Baker said that the airline was committed to continued investment in new aircraft, new routes and improving airport infrastructure.
Apart from new aircraft and new routes, we are also investing in the existing airport infrastructure in Doha to cope with the growth of the airline as we eagerly await the opening of the city’s new airport,” he said in comments published by Qatar Tribune newspaper.For all the latest Qatar news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.