Monday, April 22, 2013

■ TANZANIA: See Rendering for Dar es Salaam's new $170million Terminal III to be built by BAM International.

Tanzanian Airport AuthorityThe Tanzanian Airport Authority has signed a contract worth USD170million with Dutch construction firm, BAM International, for the construction of a new international terminal (Terminal 3) at Dar es Salaam's Julius Nyerere International (JNIA).

Under the contract, work will cover the construction of the first phase of the terminal comprising the construction of the main terminal building - facilitating 3.5 million annual passengers - including parking lots, access roads, platforms, and a taxiway. 

Phase 2 will then provide further capacity to facilitate 6 million annual passengers. The design of the roof is inspired on the traditional sailing boats that can be found at the Dar es Salaam coast.

NACO's design for Terminal 3 at Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam
NACO's design for Terminal 3 at Julius Nyerere International Airport
Speaking in Dar es Salaam, TAA Director General, Mr Suleiman Suleiman said:
"The current terminal II has the capacity of handling 1.2 million passengers and upon completion of terminal III the former will be dedicated to serving domestic passengers only," he said. He added that the construction is of vital importance as terminal II is currently overwhelmed with 2 million passengers using it annually while it has the capacity to handle 1.2 million passengers.
Source [Daily News]

BAM International will be executing the project in a joint venture with UK sister company BAM Nuttall. The Dutch sister company BAM Advies & Engineering is involved as one of the design-partners. The new terminal is designed (together with NACO, Netherlands Airport Consultants) for the anticipated growth of international air traffic, leaving the existing international Terminal 2 to cater for domestic flights.

In 2010 BAM International completed phase 2 of the renovation of the Airport’s infrastructure, comprising the rehabilitation of all taxiways and the air ground lighting. Phase 1, completed in 2006 by BAM International, involved the rehabilitation of the main runway and the upgrading of the terminal 2 apron.

JNIA's upgrade project was originally proposed by Chinese businessman, Sam Po and awarded in 2007 to the "88 Queensway Group", a body of companies that includes the China International Fund (CIF) and China Sonangol International Holding – registered in Hong Kong. Additionally, China-Sonangol were lined up for a 49% stake in ailing national airline Air Tanzania (TC).

The original design for the new terminal at Dar es Salaam airport was estimated to cost "at least USD300million" with a gross floor area of 70'000sqm, 9 air bridges and a capacity of 7million passengers/annum.

The deals subsequently collapsed in 2010 after China Sonagol withdrew its commitment to the projects over corruption which is alleged to have dominated the Tanzanian ministry of Transport