M&R wins R6bn Dubai contract

9 December 2008

The Al Habtoor Murray & Roberts Takenaka joint venture of South African construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts has been awarded the contract to develop Concourse 3 at Dubai International Airport, on behalf of the United Arab Emirates’ department of civil aviation.

The project is valued at about five billion UAE dirhams. Murray & Roberts, the project leader, will have a 40% share valued at about R6-billion.

“The contract will commence immediately and is scheduled for completion within 29 months, by end-April 2011,” the company said in a statement this week.

The joint venture recently completed Concourse 2 and Terminal 3 at the international airport, both of which were succesfully comissioned in October 2008, and also previously constructed the Sheikh Rashid Terminal (Terminal 1) between 1998 and 2000.

Nuclear venture

The company also notes that while local electricity utility Eskom has announced that it will not proceed with its procurement of a second nuclear power station, it believes that the government will continue to pursue its low- to zero-emission power generation strategy outside of Eksom, and “will engage directly with the private sector to establish a second base-load operator primarily based on modern nuclear technology”.

“Murray & Roberts is committed to build further capacity in this field and will continue to pursue a meaningful participation in this national strategy,” the company said.

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