By Andy Sambidge
Abu Dhabi Airports Co receives six tenders for huge construction project to start in Q2 2012
Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) on Tuesday said that it has received six tenders for the construction of a new terminal building at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
The Midfield Terminal Building, which is expected to go live in the first half of 2017, is a key component of the airport expansion.
Abu Dhabi International Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the world, with growth rates of nearly 20 percent over the last five years.
Growth over the next 20 years is forecast to be robust, and additional facilities are required to accommodate the traffic demand, ADAC said in a statement.
The 700,000 sq m terminal building is one of the most crucial projects to be undertaken in Abu Dhabi and will initially handle 27-30 million passengers per year.
"The receipt of tenders represents a key milestone for the Emirate in its drive to develop a world-class air transportation hub," the ADAC statement added.
Khalifa Al Mazrouei, chairman of ADAC, said: "ADAC's commitment continues as it strives to sustain growth in passenger numbers by constantly planning major developments and improvements across the airports' infrastructure, facilities and services."
Construction of the Midfield Terminal building is planned to commence during the second quarter of 2012.
The six pre-qualified contractors through joint ventures include Al Habtoor - Murray & Roberts - Hochtief JV; Bechtel - ENKA - Al Jaber Group JV; Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co Ltd - Kumho Industrial Co - China State - Al Shafar JV; Larsen Toubro - NPC-Joannou & Paraskevaides (Overseas) Ltd JV; Samsung- ACC - Six Construct JV; and TAV - CCC - ATC JV.
Currently under way is the multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 20 million passengers per year.
As part of this redevelopment, a second runway and a third terminal have been completed.For all the latest construction 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.