Avinor has awarded a turnkey contract to construction company AF Gruppen for the first phase of the new airport in Mo i Rana, Norway.

AF Gruppen won the contract after scoring the highest number of points in the interactive contract competition, which received tenders from three different players.

AF Gruppen and Avinor will be engaged in optimising technical solutions and construction implementation in the project’s initial phase.

They will also agree on a final target price before initiating the second phase of the project, which involves the construction.

Avinor CEO Abraham Foss said: “We are very pleased to have decided on a turnkey contractor and are looking forward to collaborating with AF Gruppen.

“It was a tough competition between competent and skilled bidders, where AF Gruppen submitted the best combination of price and quality in relation to the award criteria.”

For the second phase, the construction contract will ensure that the overall cost of the airport project is within Avinor’s cost framework of NOK3.3bn ($338m).

The construction contract value for phase two will be in this framework.

Gruppen CEO Amund Tøftum said: “AF Gruppen has extensive experience and expertise from several assignments at Norwegian airports.

“In cooperation with Avinor, we will use this expertise to find the best solutions for the new airport in Mo i Rana. We look forward to starting the first phase and assisting in reducing the overall climate and environmental footprint of the new airport.”

In March last year, Avinor Air Navigation Services selected Thales for its new Safety Nets Server.