Bahrain Airport to relocate the aviation fuel tanks

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JULY 13, 2015: In line with the directives of Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifato relocate the aviation fuel tanks away from the residential areas in Arad to a new complex at Bahrain International Airport (BIA), Bahrain Airport Company (BAC)and The Oil and Gas Holding Company BSC (nogaholding) have entered into a Consultancy Services Agreement with global engineering management and development specialists, Mott MacDonald for the provision of holistic design and management services for the new Fuel Farm Complex and Fuel Hydrant.

The BD1.4 million agreement was signed by all related parties in the presence of Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed AlKhalifa, Chief Executive of nogaholding,  Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah, Chief Executive Officer of BAC and Albert Allan,Managing Director, Oil Gas & Petrochemical Unit, at Mott MacDonald Limited, at the nogaholdingheadquarters in Manama.

Commenting on the awarding of this significant contract, Shaikh Mohamed, stated, “The appointment of leading experts Mott MacDonald as the main consultants on the new Fuel Farm Complex, supports the vision of His Royal Highness the Prime Minister and echoesthe commitment of bothnogaholding and BAC to deliver this ambitious national venture within the defined timeframe and with the highest quality of standards. The solidcooperation between nogaholding and BAC has enabled us to move full speed ahead on this project which will positively impact the Arad residents and result in superior services for the entire airport community.”

Mott MacDonald was appointed following a rigorous tender process and thorough assessment of all six submissions received by the shortlisted bidders. All bids were evaluated on cost and technical merit and Mott MacDonald came out on top for providing the most competitive proposal in terms of budget, timelines, design and overall implementation.

Awarding of this contract follows on from the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between BAC and nogaholding earlier this yearto establish a national joint venture company responsible for the overall management and operation of the fueling complex at Bahrain International Airport.

According to Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah, Chief Executive Officer ofBAC, “Assigning the first consultants on the Fuel Farm Complex within a few months of signingthe MoUstands testament to the efforts exerted by BAC and nogaholding to fast-track this project and ensure transfer of the fuel farm into a state-of-the-art facility at BIA within the stated period of 24 to 30 months.

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