Foreign firms eye Oman airport deals
Muscat, August 26, 2009
Foreign firms including South Korea's Hanjin Heavy Industries, Greece-based Consolidated Contractors Co and India's Dodsal have been qualified to bid for three Omani airport contracts, officials said on Wednesday.
'The Salalah airport will be converted from domestic to international, while the new Sohar airport is for airfield works and it will be Phase Two for Duqm airport,' an official involved in the tender told Reuters.
The submission of the bids for Salalah airport in the south of Oman is set for September 21, and September 28 for Duqm and Sohar, he said, adding local contractor Galfar and Turkey's Makyol were among the bidders.
'Our estimate is that the three airport deals will be in excess of 500 million rials ($1.3 billion),' a Galfar official said.
An official of local firm Desert Line said it was awarded the Phase One of Duqm airport at 27.2 million rials in June.
In May, a joint venture of Turkey's TAV and Consolidated Contractors Co won a 450 million rial contract to expand the main airport in Muscat. - Reuters