Galfar Engineering wins double deal for road upgrade projects

US $70 million deals will see new road between Fahud and Lekhwair and paved runways at four airports in the country

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By  Tim Wood Published  July 29, 2006

Galfar Engineering and Contracting has been awarded two separate contracts worth a total of US $70 million (OR27 million) from Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) for transport construction projects that are designed to enhance links in the country. The first, valued at around $50 million, is for 125km of blacktop to be laid from Fahud to Lekhwair, which is currently only served by a graded road. The deteriorating road condition, compounded by an increase in third-party traffic, has necessitated a major overhaul of this road. The project is due for completion by 2008. “With this investment, Lekhwair will finally be linked to PDO’s paved-road network. This project stems primarily from PDO’s desire to ensure safe motoring conditions for all people driving to Lekhwair,” said Abdulla Al Lamki, deputy managing director, PDO. “PDO is keen to maintain uninterrupted access to Lekhwair, where a major increase in activities is envisaged over the coming years.” The second deal involves building paved runways for airports at Fahud, Qarn Alam and Marmul. Valued at nearly $20 million, the contract involves a major upgrade to PDO’s existing unpaved airstrips at Qarn Alam and Marmul. In Fahud, the contracted work involves the upgrading of the existing paved runway there. Each upgraded airport will feature 2,440m of paved runway, as well as a number of taxiways. Small terminal buildings will also be constructed with facilities for check-in, baggage handling, and control-room operations; separate buildings will additionally house the fire and rescue unit as well as rest areas for aircrews. All three upgraded airports will be operational by the end of 2007. Salim Hamed Al Fannah Al Araimi, chairman, Galfar, said: “These contracts are just the latest developments in our long association with PDO in building the nation’s infrastructure.”

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