Modernization of Maputo International Airport to begin in 2007

13 September 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 13 Sept – The modernization and expansion of the new Maputo International Airport, a project currently under tender and for which two Chinese consortia have presented proposals, will begin in the second half of 2007, Mozambique’s airport company said.

In an interview with Mozambican daily newspaper, Canal de Moçambique, director António Loureiro said that the deadline for conclusion of the work would be agreed with the winning consortium, based on the estimated cost and capital available for the work.

“In order to be chosen, the company will have to present the project and the values for carrying out the work. That is what will determine the cost of investment in refurbishing the airport,” said Loureiro.

Previous press reports indicated that the two Chinese consortia, the China Metallurgical Construction Group (CMCG) and Anhui Foreign Economic Construction (AFEC), have presented substantial price benefits as compared with competing consortia.

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.

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.

This project 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.

In the interview, Loureiro added that ADM was currently searching for financing of some US$80 million for the modernization plan for the country’s airport infrastructures.

The investment plan includes the modernization of airports at Beira, Quelimane and Tete, as well as expansion of the country’s main airport, in the capital, Maputo.