Maputo, Mozambique, 4 April – Work to transform the Nacala airbase into an international airport is due to begin this month or at the beginning of May, the production manager of Brazilian construction company Odebrecht said Thursday in Nacala.
Around a year after the laying of the first stone, which happened in May 2010, the deputy Transport and Communications Minister, Manuela Ribeiro travelled to the location to find out about the “silence and apparent lack of activity,” according to Mozambican newspaper O País.
Odebrecht’s production manager, Luís Manuel, showed the deputy minister what had been done to move the work forward, from the administrative offices that operate out of a tourist facility in the area as far as the work site, in a plot of land near the airbase.
Manuel said that although engineering works for construction of the airport were scheduled to be launched in June, it had been decided to begin them this month or at the beginning of May, with the airport scheduled to be complete in January, 2013.
O País said that the Odebrecht official had declined to comment on information that the delay had been due to the Brazilian bank that was to provide funding for the work not paying out the necessary funds. (macauhub)