MUSCAT — The designs and manufacture of all steel structures for the terminal at the new Muscat International Airport have been completed and the first shipment of these structures, weighing 6,534 tonnes, has arrived at Port Sultan Qaboos, said Dr Ahmed bin Mohamed al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications.
In a statement to Oman News Agency, Al Futaisi explained that the structures are being transferred in 400 trucks from Port Sultan Qaboos to the project’s site and that the transportation of the full shipment is expected to be completed during the next four days.
The shipment is part of 30,000 tonnes of steel structures to be used in the construction of the new terminal, said the minister.
The structures will begin to be installed on September 22, starting with the north side of the building, which contains the departures and arrivals lounges and facilities, said Al Futaisi.
The installation of steel structures in the central section of the terminal, to be followed by work on both the south and west sections, he added.
An additional 500-strong technical team specialised in the installation of steel will arrive shortly to join an existing workforce of 7,000 people who are currently operating at the site, said Al Futaisi, adding that 20 stationary and mobile cranes will be added to 43 cranes already located at the site.
The Technical Committee overseeing the airport projects is monitoring the work progress on Muscat International Airport project and the implementation of designs and supplies to ensure that they conform with agreed standards and specifications, said Al Futaisi.