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.
|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|
|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|