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Sat 14 Oct 2006 04:00 AM

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Six prequalify for Jordan airport construction deal

Consortia compete in the final stages of selection for work on Queen Alia International Airport

Six consortia have prequalified for the main construction package on the US $500 million (JD354.2 million) Queen Alia International Airport project in Jordan.

The first phase of the development, the largest investment at the facility in over 20 years, is due to be completed in early 2007.

The TAV Consortium, consisting of the Turkish TAV Airport Holding, Greece’s Consolidated Contractors International Company and Jordan’s Kawar, is one of the groups chasing the deal.

TAV regional director, Ani Ray, said: “The project will be on a BOT [build-operate-transfer] basis and will be for the construction of a passenger terminal. We’re expecting to receive the tender documents within the next two weeks and work will probably begin sometime early next year.”

The qualified bidders will be invited to participate in a consultation process with the government in connection with the preparation of the final bid, which is set to take place at the beginning of 2007.

The other pre-qualified contractors are: Alfa Consortium, which includes Aéroports de Paris, J&P, Abu Dhabi Investment Company, Kuwaiti Noor Financial Investment Company, Jordan-based EDGO Ventures and Saudi Arabia-based J&P Avax.

Amman Airport Partners includes Hochtief, UAE-based Mubadala Development Company, Saudi Oger and Jordan’s United Arab Investors Corporation; Celebi Consortium, consisting of Celebi Holdings, Nurol Construction and YDA and Austria’s Vienna Aviation Consulting.

International Investment Group Consortium consists of of Kuwait’s IIG, and Portugal’s Banco Efisa, Soares de Costa and Aeroportos de Portugal; and the UDC Consortium consists of Kuwaiti UDC Holding, Kuwaiti Jordanian Holding Company, and KLIA Consult of Malaysia.

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