Balfour Beatty’s Dubai joint venture BK Gulf has received a £64m mechanical and electrical engineering contract, from Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects, to be executed at Dubai International Airport.
Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) has awarded the contract through the local contracting company Al Jabber L E G T Engineering & Contracting (ALEC), which will act as main contractor.
Work on the project involves installation of the electrical, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing and fire protection systems at the airport’s new Concourse D facility, which is being built to increase the passenger handling capacity.
Balfour Beatty CEO designate Andrew McNaughton said that the project will help benefit millions of air travellers.
"This project is no exception where we have a design solution that will mean the new facilities we install will be powered by renewable energy through photovoltaic and solar panels," McNaughton said.
The firm would assemble ducts, pipes and power and containment systems off-site to speed up onsite installation process, while reducing potential for risks and accidents on site. The project is scheduled for completion by late 2014.
Dubai Airport’s Concourse D is being built as part of the airport’s expansion programme to increase capacity to serve 90 million passengers each year by 2018.
Upon the commencement of operations in 2018, the new concourse will be able to serve about 100 airlines that will fly to and from the airport.
The airport is all set to begin refurbishment work of Terminal 1 in the first quarter of 2013, which includes streamlining of baggage screening in the departures hall, the replacement of all check-in desks, upgrading baggage systems and the enhancement of all public areas.
The airport currently serves about 60 to 75 million passengers per year through its existing and newly opened facilities.
Image: Work on the mechanical and electrical engineering project at Dubai International Airport is scheduled to be completed by 2013’s end.