Plans for latest NDIA development take off

$420 million contract signed for dredging and reclamation works

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By  Eudore Chand Published  February 19, 2005

The New Doha International Airport (NDIA) steering committee held a signing ceremony to formally award the dredging and reclamation works contract for the country’s new airport project to a consortium of four dredging companies. The consortium — made up of Qatar Dredging Company, Dredging International of Belgium, Great Lakes Dredging & Dock Cy of the US, and Boskalis Westminster of the Netherlands, will create the 22 km2 platform for the New Doha International Airport. Qatar Dredging Company is a Qatari-Belgian joint venture company between the Belgian firm of Dredging International, private Qatari partner UDC and the Government of Qatar. In January last year, the NDIA steering committee had awarded a contract to the US engineering firm Bechtel to design, construct and project manage the US $5.5 billion new airport which will cater for Qatar’s growth well into the future. Bechtel’s plan calls for the overall airport project to be split into some 20 packages, each of which will be tendered to local and international companies. The dredging and reclamation package is the fourth and latest package to be tendered and awarded, and is by far the largest. “We are pleased that the consortium put together a very strong team which will be needed to undertake this ambitious project. Today is a great day for the project. The contract was awarded on time and within our expected budget,” said Abdul Aziz Mohamed Al Noami, chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Qatar and chairman of the NDIA steering committee. “We have worked closely with the Supreme Council for the Environment and Natural Resources to ensure the design does not cause unnecessary damage to the environment. We have also put together a comprehensive environmental monitoring plan to ensure that all the contractors work in an environmentally friendly manner,” he added. Qatar believes that the NDIA will fulfill three critical roles: Qatar as the gateway to the world; a hub for the country’s national airline Qatar Airways and other carriers; and as a cargo and aircraft maintenance centre. NDIA is scheduled to open in 2009 at a cost of $2.5 billion in the first phase, and will be capable of handling 12 million passengers a year, together with 750 000 tonnes of cargo. Once fully developed in 2015 at a total cost of $5.5 billion, the airport is expected to handle up to 50 million passengers and 2 million tonnes of cargo a year.

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