Arabtec led consortium aims to deliver 700,000m2 terminal building by 2017
Abu Dhabi Airports Company announced on Monday that the consortium consisting of Arabtec, Consolidated Contractors Company and TAV had been chosen as the preferred bidder for the construction of the Midfield Terminal Building.
ADAC is currently in discussions with the consortium over the final details of the contract, prior to its signing and the official announcement in June of 2012.
“Abu Dhabi Airports Company is looking forward to the construction of the Midfield Terminal Building. By announcing the preferred bidder today, the company is on track to deliver an efficient and sustainable aviation infrastructure, capable of catering to the growing air transport needs of the Emirate,” said Khalifa Al Mazrouei, chairman of ADAC.
“Abu Dhabi is experiencing remarkable development in the air transport sector and business and tourism industries that has positioned it as a hub for international commerce and travel. To this end, ADAC plays a key part in the Government of Abu Dhabi’s Plan 2030, given that the estimated growth rates in tourism are expected to rise from 1.8 million visitors in 2010 to 2.7 million by 2013, and 7.5 million by 2030,” he added.
Set to become the future home of Etihad Airways, the 700,000m2 building is one of several key infrastructure projects being undertaken in Abu Dhabi. It will initially handle 30 million passengers a year and is on track to become the UAE capital’s aviation gateway by 2017.
ADAC released the tender to six prequalified groups of joint companies, and in November 2011 received all six proposals. In January 2012, it announced that it had received approval from the government for the expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Yusuf Akcayoglu, the Gulf regional director of TAV Construction, told Big Project ME that the Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Complex project would be the biggest terminal project that his firm had realised. He added that the Midfield Terminal construction contract would be the largest awarded in the UAE.
“Our first meeting with our respected client for this project was in January 2005. Since then we have relentlessly followed this project and finally now we are one step away from the award of the contract. Our tender team has put in a huge effort to get this outstanding result,” he said.
“As a specialised airport builder, we will deploy our best team and employ the most capable suppliers and specialist sub-contractors to complete the project on time, with the highest quality and on budget,” Akcayoglu added, “We are confident that this project will become another success story for TAV, as well as for our winning joint venture.”