Tanzania's Sumbawanga Airport Upgrade Moves Ahead
Beijing Construction Engineering was awarded a US$23.3 million contract in April.
The expansion and renovation of the Sumbawanga airport in Tanzania’s Rukwa region has got underway, according to the Tanzania Road Agency, TANROADS.
In April, TANROADS awarded a Tsh55.9 billion (US$23.3 million) contract to Beijing Construction Engineering for the expansion and renovation of the airport. The contact period is 18 months, with a defect liability period of 12 months.
Sumbawanga airport currently has a 1,516-metre-long, 30-metre-wide gravel-level runway. The project will extend the runway to 1,750 metres.
As well as the expansion and renovation of the runway, the project involves the construction of a new passenger terminal, taxiway, aircraft apron, access roads, car park and security fence and the installation of a new navigation aid lighting system.
The terminal building will have the capacity to handle 150,000 passengers a year.
It is hoped the airport upgrade will stimulate growth in tourism, investment and trade in the Rukwa region. The project is being supported with a loan from the European Investment Bank.
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