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US firm takes over Oman airports projects

Hill International handed work to complete upgrades at two major aviation hubs

US firm takes over Oman airports projects
An Oman Air cargo plane. (Getty Images)

Project management firm Hill International has taken over
expansion work at Muscat and Salalah airports after Omani authorities cancelled
the contract of a joint venture currently involved in the upgrades, it was
reported.

Cowi-Laursen, which has been involved in the project for the
last five years, will see its current deal to provide the works end in
December, according Arabian Aerospace.

Following a statement from the Omani government barring
Cowi-Laursen from re-bidding for the contract, Oman’s Ministry of Transport and
Communications has instead handed responsibility for completing the projects to
US-based Hill International, the site said.

The development of Muscat International Airport is said to
be worth US$1.8bn and Salalah Airport US$765m.

Other contractors interested in the bidding process for the
works were Dar al Handasah, AECOM Middle East and Arcadis, Arabian Aerospace
reported.

When the expansion of Muscat and Salalah is completed in
2014, the airports will be capable of handling 12m and 2m passengers per year
respectively.

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