Abu Dhabi Airport in USD$2.9 Bln Expansion

June 27, 2012

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A consortium that includes Arabtec and Greek and Turkish firms has won a AED10.8 billion dirhams (USD$2.94 billion) contract from the Abu Dhabi government to build a mid-field terminal at the cash-rich emirate's airport.

The contract was signed with the group that includes Turkey's Insaat, Athens-based Consolidated Contractors and Dubai's Arabtec, a statement from operator Abu Dhabi Airports (ADAC) said.

Construction of the complex will begin in the third quarter and is expected to be completed in 2017.

"Abu Dhabi Airports is looking ahead to an exciting five years of growth focusing on increasing traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport and on expanding the airport's infrastructure to support this growth," Ali Majed Al Mansoori, chairman of ADAC said in the statement.

The 700,000 square metre terminal building is one of the key strategic infrastructure projects to be undertaken in the UAE capital, and will initially handle 30 million passengers per year. It will be the future home of Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways.

The project will include two phases, the four-year construction phase and the operational readiness assessment phase to undertake tests, the statement said.

In May, ADAC had said it identified the consortium as the preferred bidder for the contract. It was reported in April that the consortium was close to winning the contract.

Abu Dhabi's state-owned investment firm Aabar is the main shareholder in Arabtec.

Oil-rich Abu Dhabi, home to one of the world's largest sovereign wealth funds, is investing billions of dollars in tourism, industry and infrastructure as it diversifies its economy away from oil.