Regional News

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), one of the largest aluminium producers in the world, last month marked the handover of the remaining pots under the Alba Potline 6 expansion project in the presence of Alba chairman of board of directors Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa.

The combined value of the more than 26,000 construction projects across the GCC has exceeded Dh9.25 trillion ($2.52 trillion) in June, according to a report by BNC Network, a key project research and intelligence provider in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region.

First Bahrain Real Estate Development Company said it has appointed Alghanah Group for the construction of its upcoming retail project in Seef area of the kingdom.

Reynaers Aluminium, which has recently expanded its footprint in the Middle East with the addition of Iraq to the portfolio of its regional office Reynaers Middle East, reports good response to its aluminium systems in that high-potential market.

With formwork and falsework accounting for a significant cost on commercial building projects, RMD Kwikform (RMDK) has called on contractors in the region to give due consideration to selecting proper temporary works solutions to curb the costs of inefficiencies and help boost productivity on site.

Bahrain’s ambitious $6-billion Bapco Modernisation Programme (BMP) is 25 per cent complete with $1 billion having already been spent, said Dr Pete Bartlett, Bapco CEO.

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), has issued RfQs (requests for qualification) for the development of two independent solar power projects – Manah Solar I IPP and Manah Solar II IPP) – in the sultanate. The projects will be located adjacent to each other at a site in Manah, approximately 150 km from Muscat.

The global market for 3D printing in the construction sector (including various technologies that use 3D printing as a core method to fabricate buildings or construction components) is poised for solid growth over the next six years with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 16 per cent by 2025, according to a new report.

Khazaen Economic City (KEC), master developer of the new 52-million-sq-m integrated economic city in the Barka area of Oman, has unveiled the detailed masterplan for Phase One of the project.

Golden Gate, a major real estate development company in Bahrain, has just completed a major milestone in its quest to build Bahrain’s tallest residential landmark. After months of meticulous planning, Phase One of the largest residential building concrete pour was completed in 65 hours at a depth of 3.

Oman-based Salalah Free Zone (SFZ) has signed a usufruct agreement for the construction of a refinery project in the sultanate at a total investment of $2.5 billion, said a report. On completion, the refinery will boast a production capacity of 150,000 barrels per day, reported the Muscat Daily.

Bahrain-based Modern Mechanical, Electrical & Transport Company (MMETC), a leading construction company, has taken the delivery of four new all-terrain cranes from Demag, a Terex Corporation brand.

Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunication has shortlisted three major companies – Al Zayani Engineering, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers Middle East (PwC) – for providing transaction advisory and consultancy services to Phase One of its ambitious metro project.

McDermott International, a premier, fully integrated provider of technology, engineering and construction solutions, announced it has been awarded a sizeable contract by Total Oman E&P Development in partnership with Oman Oil Company to provide front-end engineering design (Feed) services for the Sohar LNG Bunkering Project in Oman.

Edamah to start work on car park Bahrain Real Estate Investment (Edamah) said work will soon start on a new 5,700-sq-m multi-storey car park at the Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) in Manama following the signing of an agreement with Alghanah Group in this regard.