Pulse   08/25/2014

India Plans have been announced for a $93-million mixed-use development in the city of Lucknow. The development will include apartments and condominiums, with recreational facilities. A project-delivery method has not yet been selected. Larson & Toubro Limited, L&T House, Ballard Estates, PO Box 278 Mumbai 400 001 II, India. DR#14-00478880.

Mexico Design work has begun on a new inpatient tower at the National Cancer Institute (INCan) in Mexico City. The government project has an estimated cost of $181 million and will consist of an inpatient and diagnostic center connected by a multistory atrium to the existing outpatient and research building. Advancement of the project is currently pending on official approvals. National Cancer Institute, Avenida San Fernando 22, Mexico City, Mexico. DR#14-0055870.

Oman Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co. (OPIC) is planning to build a $3.6-billion plastics manufacturing facility adjacent to its facilities in Muscat. The facility will be based around a steam cracker unit and will allow OPIC to produce polypropylene and will add capacity for production of an additional 1 million metric tons of plastic annually. A project delivery method has not yet been determined, and completion is estimated for 2018. Oman Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co., Sohar Industrial Port, Sahar, PO Box 282 PC: 322 Sultanate of Oman. DR#14-00472949.

Saudi Arabia A project delivery method is still being determined for the $1.4-billion Jazan Oil Gasification Refinery and Marine Terminal in Jazan Economic City. Previous contractor bids came in over budget and owner Saudi Aramco currently is negotiating a contract with select firms. The project includes construction of a refinery with the capacity to process 400,000 barrels of oil per day, a marine terminal on the Red Sea coast able to handle large oil tankers and an onsite 2,400-MW combined-cycle power plant. A start date for construction has not been selected, but the refinery is scheduled to come on line by late 2016. Saudi Aramco, PO Box 5000, Dharan 31311, Saudi Arabia. DR#12-00692814.

Taiwan Planning has begun on a passenger service center at the Port of Kinmen in Taiwan. The estimated $100-million project will combine a transportation terminal with a recreational waterfront park. The project's design calls for the park space to be integrated into the passenger terminal structure, with extensive landscaping required. LOHA has been selected as lead architect. LOHA Lorcan O'Herlihy, 1537 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90035-2714. DR#1400551154.

United Arab Emirates Design work continues on a new water canal in Dubai. The 2.8-kilometer canal will connect the Business Bay district of Dubai with the Arabian Gulf. In addition to construction of the canal, project work will include elevating three major roadways and the relocation of utilities using microtunneling. The first phase of the project calls for construction of a six-lane bridge on Sheikh Zayed Road that will pass over the new canal. Parsons Infrastructure and Technology Group is overseeing construction of the first two phases of construction, and Halcrow Group will oversee construction of the third phase of the canal. Dubai Road & Transport Authority. umm Ramool Marrakesh Rd., PO Box 118899, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. DR#14-00417475.

Venezuela Planning schematics work is underway on an estimated $1-billion hydropower turbine rehabilitation at the Guri Dam in Bolívar State, Venezuela. The project involves the complete rehabilitation of six turbines at the Guri Dam that have been operating for 50 years. Work will include hydraulic modeling, a hydraulic structures study, engineering design, risk mitigation, procurement and dam-safety management. A construction schedule has not yet been released and a completion date has not been set. Corpoelec, AV Sanz Torre Corpoelec Urb El Marques, Municipo Sucre, Caracas, Venezuela. DR#14-00570516.

Bids, Contracts, Proposals

Qatar A general contractor has been selected for the $2.3-billion Lusail light rail project in Qatar. VINCI Construction will oversee construction of the 20.5-mile rail network, which will consist of four lines with a total of 37 stations. Work on the design-bid-build project includes track-laying, construction of power infrastructure as well as telecommunications and control systems installation. Alsom Transport will provide 35 trains for the project. Initial construction of the Lusail Yellow line will be completed in 2018, with the Green, Red and Purple lines to follow in 2020. Construction will begin pending local approvals and the owner's notice to proceed. VINCI Construction, 5, cour Ferdinand de Lesseps, Rueil-Malmaison Cedex, France. DR#12-0432175.