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Sat 4 Mar 2006 04:00 AM

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Sky Oryz set to scoop terminal deal

TAV, ACC and Taisei consortium looks set to take Doha International Airport package with a low bid of US $807 million

A Turkish-led consortium, which includes TAV and ACC, is in poll position to take the main terminal contract on the US $5.5 billion Doha International Airport. The project forms part of phase one of the mega-project, which is already under construction.

Turkish contractors dominate the bid list. The Sky Oryz consortium, comprising Turkish contractor TAV, Lebanon’s Arabian Construction Company and Japan’s Taisei, has submitted the lowest bid of $807.2 million (QR2.9 billion).

“Sky Oryz has submitted the lowest bid,” said a spokeswoman for the authority. She added: “We will announce the winner of the contract within a week or two.”

Other firms which have submitted bids for the project include The John Laing consortium with Turkish Gunal, bidding $864.3 million; Turkish firm, Enka, with a bid of $902.8 million and Qatar’s Construction Development Company in partnership with Japanese firm Takenaka, with a bid of $1 billion. It is understood that J&P may have also submitted a bid for the project.

TAV’s regional director, Ani Ray, said: “The bids will be studied more closely, particularly their technical aspects, and the final decision is expected to be announced by next month.”

He added that Qatari authorities want the terminal to be operational as soon as possible. TAV is also planning to bid for the Etihad Interim Terminal, which is set to be built at the present Abu Dhabi Airport.

Construction on the 1,700-ha Doha airport site started in January 2005. The first phase of the airport is due to open in 2009 at a cost of $2.5 billion. Once fully developed in 2015, it will be able to handle 50 million passengers a year.

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