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Sharjah Airport appoints consultant for AED100mn expansion

Sharjah Airport Authority (SAA) has signed three agreements worth approximately AED100mn related to its ongoing comprehensive expansion project.

The contracts include the award of consultancy services to ADP Ingénierie, a French company that specialises in airport architecture and engineering, with extensive airport design experience in the UAE and abroad, reported state news agency Wam.

According to the agreements, ADP Ingeniere will be responsible for design and construction supervision of the Sharjah International Airport (SIA) expansion project.

Core Engineering Consultancy has been appointed to oversee and manage the demolition of existing affected structures, while the design-build of a new sewage treatment plant was awarded to Metito Overseas.

The agreement with ADP Ingénierie includes directing, managing and monitoring all aspects of the expansion project to ensure that all project requirements are met, and implemented, according to the approved schedule and budget and contract requirements. ADP Ingénierie will provide consultancy services to the project management team during the design and implementation phase in order to reach the volume of passengers targeted in the expansion programme and the targets related to the level of service set by SIA.

The contract of Core Engineering Consultancy includes consultancy services for the design, construction and supervision of professional services for the new GSE vehicle maintenance facility, SAA Department of Purchasing and Engineering Building Compass, aircraft hardstands with the addition of 12 remote aircraft hardstands apron pads, inbound road network and supervision for the demolition of existing affected structures.

Metito Overseas was appointed to undertake the design-build of the new sewage treatment plant and associated works, an effluent processing and treatment facility with the capacity of approximately 3,000 cum, per day with provision for future capacity expansion to 4,500 cum per day.

Ali Salim Al Midfa, chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, said: “Sharjah International Airport has earned its excellent reputation due to its high operational efficiency, resulting from an effective management team, who apply the highest international standards, daily.

“This pursuit of excellence led SIA to select the best specialised consultancy companies to manage these projects, which contribute to accelerating the achievement of the comprehensive expansion that was previously adopted with a view to keep pace with the growth in air traffic and number of passengers recorded annually by the airport and the optimistic outlook for continued growth in the coming years, which requires the development of strategic plans that fit the volume of the expected growth.”

Sheikh Faisal bin Sauod Al Qassimi, director of Sharjah Airport Authority, said: “Since the expansion project was adopted, the implementation procedures started immediately. To date, SIA has awarded four contracts in the expansion project, which, when completed, will contribute to enhancing the experience of the airport passengers and increasing the regional and global competitiveness of the airport. The design will start this month and construction work will be completed in Q2 of 2022.”

Parsons Overseas was appointed by SIA in early May 2017 as project and programme managers of the Sharjah Airport expansion programme to validate the project master-plan, liaise with relevant stakeholders, determine a detailed scope of works and action a procurement strategy to realise the vision of Sharjah Airport Authority.

The airport expansion project, with an estimated cost of AED1.5bn, consists of several phases, including constructing new building and a terminal for arrivals, as well as aircraft hardstands and connecting them to the current building, developing the roads leading to the airport, and building a new terminal for departures and separating it from the arrivals terminal in addition to upgrading the current building, adding 15 aircraft hardstands and constructing new service buildings.

Moreover, a number of facilities that will contribute to increasing the capacity of the airport to 20 million by 2027 will also be added.


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