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Qatar has awarded Turkey-based TAV Holding and Japan-based Taisei an US$805mn contract to construct the passenger terminal at the new Doha International Airport.

The total cost of developing Doha’s new airport amounts to US$5bn and the project consists of 34 tender packages.

The construction of the terminal building with capacity to handle 12mn passengers per year is the biggest package in the project. The project supervision is executed by US-based engineering and construction firm, Bechtel.

Bechtel was awarded the master contract to build the new airport on a 220,000 square metres of land, 4km from the existing Doha International Airport.

Construction works will start within one month and will be completed in 26 months, TAV Holding claims, adding that the new Doha International Airport project is its fourth international airport project.

Originally working in partnership with Vienna Airport, TAV won contracts for the construction of the third terminal at Cairo International Airport. The company also operates airports in Turkey and in 2004-05 became embroiled in a political dispute over a contract for operating Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran.

The US$2.5bn first phase of the new Doha International Airport is scheduled for delivery in 2009, completion of the entire project is expected for 2015.