Monday, June 23, 2014

Work on Addis Ababa Airport expansion project commences

(Jun 23, 2014, (Addis Ababa))--The Chinese construction firm, China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), last week commenced work on the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport expansion project.

A senior official of the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise told The Reporter that CCCC started fencing the construction site and has embarked on earth-breaking work. The enterprise plans to expand the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport passenger terminal at a cost of 250 million dollars. The loan was secured from the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of China. The project is aimed at transforming the passenger terminal into a state-of-the-art terminal and boosting its capacity. CCCC, which has built a number of highways in Ethiopia, is the contractor. The design of the new passenger terminal was drafted by a Singapore company called CPG Airports.

To hire a consulting firm that would supervise the construction work, the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise has put up a tender. Thirty-eight companies bought the bid document. Only five of them submitted bid proposals and the enterprise bid committee has been evaluating the technical proposals presented by the five international consulting firms.

Reliable sources in the enterprise told The Reporter that a French company has won the technical evaluation. Another French firm ranked second and an Italian company was ranked third. Sources, who declined to disclose the names of the companies, said that the financial bid would be opened next week and automatically the winner will be revealed. The incumbent will also undertake a study on the new mega airport planned to be built out of Addis Ababa. Read more from Reporter »       

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