Lagan Construction wins Gan International Airport development contract

20 March 2013 (Last Updated March 20th, 2013 18:30)

UK-based Lagan Construction has been selected by the Maldives government for the development of its Gan International Airport in Addu Atoll.

UK-based Lagan Construction has been selected by the Maldives government for the development of its Gan International Airport in Addu Atoll.

The selection follows a competitive bidding process launched in December 2012, in which Lagan beat off competition from Danish contractor MT Hojgaard.

Maldives State Trading Organisation (STO) managing director Shahid Ali was quoted by local media as saying that, out of the two firms, Lagan had submitted the most responsive bid in the assessment process.

"The selection follows a competitive bidding process launched in December 2012, in which Lagan beat off competition from Danish contractor MT Hojgaard."

As part of the project, which has been tendered under a design-build-contractor-finance method, Lagan will be responsible for developing detailed designs for the airport.

The Maldives is currently negotiating with contractors regarding the required insurances for contractor finance and other detailed documents, with the contract scheduled to be signed when the documents are finalised.

In November 2012, the Maldives terminated a $511m contract awarded to Indian infrastructure firm GMR Group for the modernisation and management of Malé International Airport.

Both parties are currently in the process of working out a compensation package under the arbitration process.