European developers dominate field for USD 6bn Thai airport

03 December 2018 - 12:00 am UTC

The U-Tapao International Airport (UIA) in Thailand’s Rayong province has drawn interest from at least six airport operators.

ADP International, AviAlliance, Fraport AG, Malaysia Airports and VINCI Airports are among the companies that bought RFP documents for the expand and operate project, a project source told Inframation.

GMR Airports is also a potential bidder for the concession, on the Gulf of Thailand, which is estimated to cost over THB 200bn (USD 6.04bn).

The winning bidder will build a third passenger terminal building to increase capacity from the present 3.7 million passengers per annum (MPPA) to 12 MPPA, with a target to eventually serve at least 60 MPPA by the end of the 50-year concession period.

The concessionaire will also build a commercial gateway (including hotel, office, retail), car parking, a cargo complex including terminals and warehouses, and utilities such as roads, electricity and treated water distribution networks, solid waste transfer, drainage, a flood prevention system, a communications system, and waste water treatment system. 

Other firms that bought project documents include TAV Tepe Akfen Investment Construction and Operations, Japan’s JALUX Inc, Mitsui & Co and Sojitz Corp.

Chinese firms that have  shown interest in the Eastern Economic Corridor project include China Communications Construction, China GeZhouBa Group, China Harbour Engineering, China Railway Construction Corp.

Potential bidders have until 28 February 2019 to submit proposals for the design -build-finance-operation-maintenance contract.


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