EXCLUSIVE: GCC contract awards rebound in first half of 2017

Total value of awards improves from low in the second half of 2016

GCC contract awards rebounded during the first half of this year from the four-year low recorded in the second half of 2016.

According to data from regional projects tracker MEED Projects, the total value of contracts awards in the GCC across all sectors during the first half of 2017 was $55.8bn, up 14 per cent on the $47.9bn that was awarded during the second half of last year.

The performance in the first half of this year may not signal a recovery. When compared to the same period of last year the total is down more than 20 per cent.

The largest award during the first half of this year was for the estimated $2.9bn contract secured by a joint venture of Turkey’s IC Ictas and the local Al-Rashid Trading & Contracting to redevelop four existing terminals at the King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh.

Other $1bn-plus contract awards were for the third phase of the Yanbu Power Plant in Saudi Arabia, Gathering Centre 32 in Kuwait, Sweihan Solar Power Plant in Abu Dhabi. Deira Mall in Dubai, and Transmission works in Qatar.

By geography, the UAE was the most active country by far accounting for 39 per cent of the GCC total with almost $22bn of awards. The second largest market, with 27 per cent of the total is Saudi Arabia. Kuwait and Qatar both have 12 per cent, Oman has 8 per cent, and Bahrain has 2 per cent.

By sector, the most active was construction with nearly $24bn of awards or 43 per cent of the total. Transport was the second most active sector with 21 per cent, followed by power at 15 per cent, oil at 8 per cent, water at 4 per cent, and chemical, gas and industrial each at 3 per cent.

Project Country Value ($m) Client Contractor
King Khalid International Airport: Terminals upgrade Saudi Arabia 2,900 Gaca Al Rashid/IC Ictas JV
Yanbu Power Plant Phase 3 Saudi Arabia 2,000 SWCC/Marafiq SEPCO III Electric Power Construction Corporation
Gathering Centre 32 Kuwait 1,300 KOC Petrofac
Sweihan Solar IPP UAE 1,200 ADWEA Sterling & Wilson
Deira Mall UAE 1,143 Nakheel United Engineering Construction
Qatar Transmission Phase 13: Cables Qatar 1,040 Kahramaa
One Zabeel UAE 950 ICD ALEC
Ruwais Refinery Restoration UAE 950 Takreer GS Engineering & Construction
Qatar Transmission Phase 13: Substations Qatar 835 Kahramaa Siemens
Taif International Airport Saudi Arabia 800 Gaca Consolidated Contractors Company/Munich Airport International / Asyad Group JV
Al-Bustan Street North Qatar 774 Ashghal Consolidated Contractors/Teyseer Contracting JV
Source: MEED Projects
09 June, 2017 | .By COLIN FOREMAN