Portugal’s Soares da Costa and Teixeira Duarte/ANA propose to refurbish Maputo airport

23 June 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 23 June – Portuguese companies Soares da Costa and Teixeira Duarte/ANA consortium have applied to carry out refurbishment work on Mozambique’s Maputo International Airport valued at around 50 million euros, a source at Mozambican airport management company, ADM said.

Two Chinese consortia, the China Metallurgical Construction Group (CMCG) and Anhui Foreign Economic Construction (AFEC), are on the shortlist to modernize and extend Maputo International Airport, officials have said.

The Chinese and Portuguese companies 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.

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 two Portuguese companies are competing separately and are in teh final shortlist of seven candidates, out of 16 initial proposals.

The winner of the tender will be announced at the end of this year and work on the airport is expected to be concluded by the end of 2007.

ADM said that, by 2008, it would invest 64 million euros on refurbishing Mozambique’s airports, base don expected growth of 3 percent in passenger traffic, which currently stands at 1.3 million passengers per year. (macauhub)

Soares da Costa, in partnership with Mota-Engil, is also building the bridge of the River Zambezi in Mozambique, a project valued at 66 million euros and which is the country’s biggest civil engineering project since its independence.

Portuguese construction company Teixeira Duarte, which also runs hotels in the city’s of Maputo and Beira, is building a bridge over the River Limpopo, a project which is valued at 11 million euros, as well as undertaking other construction projects in Mozambique. (macauhub)