Doha, QATAR – The New Doha International Airport Steering Committee (NDIA), on behalf of the Government of Qatar, has held a signing ceremony to formally award the dredging and reclamation works contract for the country’s new airport project.
A consortium of four dredging companies will work on the project to create the 22 sq km platform for the New Doha International Airport.
The consortium is made up of Qatar Dredging Company, Dredging International of Belgium, Great Lakes Dredging & Dock Cy of the US, and Boskalis Westminster of the Netherlands.
Qatar Dredging Company is a Qatari-Belgian joint venture company between the Belgian firm Dredging International, private Qatari partner U.D.C. and the Government of Qatar.
In January 2004, The Doha International Airport Steering Committee awarded a contract to the US engineering firm Bechtel to design, construct and project manage the $5.5bn new airport which will cater for Qatar’s growth well into the 21st century.
Bechtel’s plan calls for the overall project to be split into approximately 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.
The latest contract involves the placing of over 60 million cubic metres of sand and rock fill over a 24-month period to create the platform and shore protection.
The contract value amounts to 1.53 Billion Qatari Rials (US$420m). In order to carry out the work, the consortium will require the mobilisation of several heavy-duty cutter suction dredgers and trailing suction hopper dredgers.
A total of 11 major dredging vessels will be used to ensure the completion of the works within the contractual time limit.
Abdul Aziz Mohamed Al-Noami, Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Qatar and Chairman of the NDIA Steering Committee, said: “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.
”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.”
The New Doha International Airport
The New Doha International Airport will fulfill three critical roles: Qatar as the gateway to the world; 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 $2.5bn 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 cost of $5.5bn, the airport is expected to handle up to 50 million passengers and 2 million tonnes of cargo a year.
One of the project’s key features is that 40% of the site will be built on reclaimed land from the Arabian Gulf.
Qatar Airways will manage the new airport, designed to help shape Doha as a key regional and global aviation hub.
The new airport will be the world’s first to be designed and built specifically for Airbus’s new A380-800 double-decker ‘super jumbo’ – the largest passenger aircraft ever built. The A380 will be capable of carrying more than 550 passengers, with Qatar Airways a launch customer taking delivery of the first of its four A380s in 2009, the year the new airport opens.
US engineering and construction giant Bechtel has been awarded the contract to build the new airport, which will initially have a 26-gate passenger terminal complex, two runways of 4850m and 4250m in length, maintenance hangar, cargo centre and extensive shopping facilities.
The state-of-the-art passenger terminal with a wavy roof structure will be accessed through a roadway network that passes through a man-made lagoon to complement the natural bay and water setting.
There will also be a 1,900 square metre airport mosque with minaret in a garden plaza located on the south side of the airport’s main passenger terminal.
The Emiri complex will be an architectural marvel, with the exterior shape of the pavilion representing sail boats which complement the water setting of the airport. The building is layered to provide a striking effect and will light up the night sky. The complex will also include a pavilion, ceremonial podium, apron, private roadways and parking, surrounded by lush landscaping.
The airport complex will comprise a 75-metre high control tower located between the parallel runways, multi-storey office building, parking and access roads. Triangular in shape with one angle cut by a crescent shape all along its height, the structure will be topped by a glazed cabin.
Doha-based Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The airline is a launch customer of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2010. Qatar Airways moves to the New Doha International Airport in 2010, when the first phase of the new facility opens. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com
Qatar Airways is one of only six airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the fifth year running in 2007 following a survey of more than 15 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com
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