Monday, February 25, 2013

■ COTE D'IVOIRE: Arab Contractors awarded $30mln contract to build new cargo terminal at Abidjan's international airport.

Cote d'IvoireEgyptian construction firm, Arab Contractors, have signed a contract with the government of the Ivory Coast for USD30million for the upgrading of Abidjan's Félix Houphouët-Boigny International Airport's cargo facilities.

After the floating of an international tender last year in November for the extension and modernization of the Cargo Terminal at the airport, Arab Contractor's bid was deemed the most acceptable to the Ivorians.
"The government is keen to make savings on each Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project's program. The cargo terminal market was floated for XOF20billion, Arab Contractors made an offer of XOF17.576billion. This is advantageous for the state," said a government source familiar with the subject.
Source [JeuneAfrique]

Rendering for new Passenger Terminal at Abidjan Airport
Rendering for new Passenger Terminal at Abidjan (unknown)
The 30 month project, to be funded under the Islamic Development Bank, will involve tearing down the old facility to make way for a new state of the art terminal. 

A planned passenger terminal upgrade, valued at USD20million (XOF10billion) is planned for 2015 with upgraded air side infrastructure to include new aerobridges, an extension of the international terminal from 11'000sqm to 26'000sqm, the refurbishment of the apron, renovation of access roads and the construction of a new parking lot. 

The ultimate goal is to create a commercial zone next to the airport, with a lodging area, hangars, a convention centre, a trade-free zone, office buildings, warehouses, exhibition halls, a shopping centre and housing for dedicated staff.

Félix Houphouët-Boigny International Airport is run by concessionaire Aeria, who in 2010 signed a contract extension that would allow them to run the airport for a further 20 years.