China’s Sinohydro to enlarge airport in Angola

1 August 2007

Luena, Angola, 1 Aug – Sinhohydro Corp. of China is to carry out work to enlarge the runway at Luena airport in Angola’s Moxico province, media have reported.

State news agency Angop said the Luena runway would be widened to 45 meters and extended in length from 2,300 meters to 3,200 meters. The provincial director of public works said the scheme would begin soon and that the Chinese firm has already set up a construction site to begin the project.

The rehabilitation work on Luena’s runway will strengthen it to allow larger aircraft to use the airport and improve air traffic movements to and from Moxico province, said the official, adding that although the cost of the project was not immediately known, it would be expensive due to the need for a new runway surface.

Sinohydro Corp. won contracts this week worth a total US$ 45 million to build irrigation systems in the Angolan provinces of Bengo, Huila, Moxico and Kwanza Sul.

The Chinese company is also building a water supply network in the Mozambican city of Quelimane, in Zambezia province, in a project valued at US$ 13 million that will benefit about 70,000 people. (macauhub)