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Odebrecht JV fires up the engines for Abu Dhabi job

Brazilian contractor joins forces with Al Jaber Grinaker to bid for the new runway at Abu Dhabi Airport.

Brazilian construction giant, Odebrecht, is bidding for the new runway at Abu Dhabi International Airport — part of a package worth up to US $270 million (AED1 billion).

The contractor has partnered with local firm, Al Jaber Grinaker, to bid for the job. Other contractors in the running include Six Construct, Al Naboodah, and the joint venture of ACC and Taisei. Parsons is the project manager and Halcrow is involved in the consultancy.

“The tender is for a category three runway, over 4 km long,” said a source at Al Jaber Grinaker. “The majority of the ground works have been done, so the job will include laying the drainage and the ducting for the AGLs (aircraft ground lighting).”

This will be the second runway at the airport and will be located around 2 km from the existing one.

An award announcement will be made six to eight weeks after the bidding closes on 28th January, with work expected to begin by April.

The new runway is part of the overall expansion plans for ADIA, which include expanded cargo terminals with international free trade zones.

The expansion will enable ADIA to grow from its current level of approximately five million passengers per year, to 50 million.

Future work at the airport includes the new Etihad terminal that will be built adjacent to the existing terminal. Likely to be a design and build contract, tender documents for the job are due to be released by the end of this month.

It is understood that Al Jaber Grinaker will also be tendering for this contract, possibly in another joint venture with Odebrecht.

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