Two Chinese consortia on shortlist to modernize Maputo airport in Mozambique

19 June 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 19 June – Two Chinese-owned consortia, the China Metallurgical Construction Group (CMCG) and Anhui Foreign Economic Construction (AFEC), are on the shortlist of seven candidates for the tender to modernize and extend Maputo International Airport, officials said.

This project, which is being promoted by state airport management company, Aeroportos de Moçambique (ADMI), includes modernization of the airport, construction of a VIP pavilion, a new control tower, refurbishment and expansion of the cargo terminal, as well as modernization of road accesses.

According to Mozambican daily newspaper Canal de Moçambique, the two Chinese consortia have presented, in their proposals, a substantial price advantage as compared to other competitors.

CMCG and AFEC are facing competition from Brazilian consortium Planal-Aerospace, and Italy’s CMC di Ravenna, which is competing together with S&B, Africon and Stauch Voster.

As well as two Portuguese consortia, the French candidates from Airports de Paris also passed on to the final stage, linked to Mozambican groups Intertec and Ceta, as well as Groveside Holding.

According to the same source, the technical and financial proposals are being finalized and will be presented by the beginning of July.

The proposals will be analyzed by September and the concession is due to be granted before the end of the year, after negotiations with the selected consortium.

The modernization and expansion of Malavane Airport, in Mozambique’s capital, is one of the first investments to be made by Aeroportos de Moçambique as part of the project to modernize the country’s main airports, over the next three years.

As well as Maputo, the plan includes modernization of Beira, Quelimane and Tete airports, with a total investment of US$80 million, of which 30 percent will be funded by ADM and the remainder will be funded by the State budget and international donors.

The Mozambican authorities aim to provide the country with the conditions to deal with traffic increases over the next few years, which is expected to rise by 3 percent by 2009 to a total of 1.34 million passengers per year. (macauhub)