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Thermo bags largest MEP contract in UAE’s history

Divides works at Dubai airport expansion into six packages

The United Arab Emirate’s largest MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) contract so far, worth a massive AED 1.7 billion, has been awarded to UAE-based Thermo LLC, which has formed a group with local and global contractors to ensure the project’s success.

Contract No. AX 324 from the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) covers MEP works at the new Terminal 3, Concourse 2 and the car park – all part of the US $4.1 billion Dubai International Airport Expansion (Phase II) project.

“As a company we are honoured to have been awarded this contract and intend to utilise this opportunity to take Thermo LLC to new heights and reaffirm the DCA’s confidence in our capabilities,,” Alan Sporle, Thermo general manager, told Construction Week. “We bring an unparalleled professional expertise to this very challenging job and thank all our employees who are an integral part of Thermo’s success.”

“This is the largest single MEP undertaking in the history of the UAE,” Sporle added. “To ensure a successful outcome, Thermo LLC has identified a management structure to deal with the potential challenges of such a substantial contract.”

Thermo has tied up with specialists from various sectors to help it execute the project. It has joined with Union Properties and Emirates Bank Group to form the financial team. Amec has been selected as the overall project manager, while Arinc has been chosen for specialist airport services. Alcatel has been opted in for the electronic systems, Oman’s Bahwan Engineering has been appointed as a specialist contractor and Aktor International brought in as an MEP contractor.

Thermo has divided the contract into six packages and has formed a consortium with Arinc and Alcatel for the specialist airport services. It has set up a project management structure under which the project management team will report to the project executive committee made up of representatives from financial firms, Union Properties, Emirates Bank Group and Thermo.

According to the plan, the first of the six MEP packages deals with the car park. The second concerns the Terminal 3, while the third package covers works at Concourse 2 up to the apron level.

The subcontractor here is Aktor. Package 4 concerns works above the apron level at Concourse 2 and will be done by Thermo.

Package 5 is the specialist airport services works to be undertaken by the Thermo, Arinc and Alcatel combine. The last package is for cabling and equipment to be undertaken by Bahwan Engineering. Which firm or group shall do the works for package 1 and 2 is still yet to be decided.

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