Muscat International Airport expansion: Important step forward for Oman's growth

Muscat International Airport expansion: Important step forward for Oman's growth
Published: 11 May 2014 - 7:49 a.m.
By: Yamurai Zendera

The expansion of Muscat International Airport (MIA) is being delivered under the ‘Development of Muscat International Airport project (DMIA).

It is arguably one of the most important steps forward for Oman’s growth and development strategy to become a major commercial, touristic and transfer hub in the Middle East. It is one of a number of airports currently under development in the Sultanate.

The new terminal at MIA will have a capacity to handle 12mn passengers annually. Further expansions planned in three subsequent phases will ultimately boost capacity to 24, 36 and 40mn passengers when demand is required. It is understood that the existing terminal will eventually be used only for domestic flights.

Expansion work was scheduled to be finished this year according to the website of the Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC), but due to a number of operational and design changes, including one which saw Hill International take over from Cowi-Larsen as lead engineer in January 2013, no official completion date has been announced.

The main contracts have been split into 12 packages – all of which are now awarded. Carrying out the civil works (package MC1 ) under a multi-million Omani rials re-measurable contract signed in June 2009 is a joint venture (JV) of Turkey’s TAV and the Omani affiliate of Greece’s Consolidated Contracting Company (CCC).

The footprint of MC1 is around 23.2mn m² and TAV and CCC’s full scope of works includes: construction of a new airfield (northern runway and all associate taxiways); refurbishment of the existing airfield; all utility works, construction of utility buildings and substations; airside and landside road system including bridges and interchanges; drainage works; and soft and hard landscaping.

Kerim Kaya, acting project director of the JV, says the work was organised into two phases at the outset. The first phase was marked as the completion of new runway taxiways and related utilities, ancillary buildings and control systems required for the operation of the new northern runway. It also included the completion of all utility and power supplies to the new Public Authority for Civil Aviation building. Phase two was the completion of all landside road system works, fuel farm and hydrant system works as well as the new aprons and refurbishment of the existing airfield.

As things stood at the end of March this year, 88% of MC1 was finished. Currently on the critical path is the completion of the northern runway.

“We are targeting to open the northern runway and related taxiways by October this year,” says Kaya. “Civil works are 99% complete; the only remaining parts are the final bits and pieces of MEP works, especially in terms of landing systems. So we’re shooting to finalise our works by end of May so that operational readiness and airport transfer can happen during the coming six months.”

Once the northern runway is ready it will operate in parallel with the existing southern runway, servicing planes from the current terminal before the southern runway is closed and renovated by the JV at the start of next year.

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