Eng. Edward Kaweesi Ndawula, the CAA Board Chairperson who led his board members on a field visit to the construction site on Tuesday, said they are impressed by the speed of the works, level of integrity and professionalism exhibited by the contractors.
Authority-CAA has applauded the ongoing works at Hoima International
Airport in Kabaale Sub County in Hoima district.
Eng. Edward Kaweesi Ndawula, the CAA Board Chairperson who led his board
members on a field visit to the construction site on Tuesday, said they are
impressed by the speed of the works, level of integrity and professionalism
exhibited by the contractors.
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The Airport is one of the key support infrastructures for the next course of
the fast paced activities leading to commercial oil production. The airport
construction works, which are in the second phase commenced in April 2018.
The US$ 309
million Airport project provided by Standard Chartered Bank and
UK Export Finance is being undertaken by a joint venture of
Israeli-British firms, Shikun & Binui
Currently, the construction
of Runways, Earth works, capping of layer, pavements, Apron and filling areas
for cargo is ongoing.
Ruth Apolot, the Senior Engineer Planning and Development CAA, says the Airport
component will include a terminal, Parallel Runways, Cargo facilities, a
control tower, an Apron, Taxi way and accommodation for staff among others.
Apolot says after
completion, the Airport will handle both Cargo and passenger flights because the
terminal building will be multipurpose.
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Cherif Taha, the Resident Engineer of Shikun & Binui International-SBI,
says their work has slowed down because of heavy down pour that started in
September and has persisted, which may affect the project completion period.
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Initially the construction of the Airport was to be completed by 2020.