Refurbishment of Sao Tome and Principe international airport to finish in second half of 2012

28 November 2011

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 28 Nov – Sao Tome international airport will be extended, modernised and operating in line with international standards within seven months, the chairman of Sonangol holdings, Baptista Sumbi said Friday in Sao Tome.

“The work is being carried out on schedule and on budget and this is one of the first and largest initiatives we have agreed with the Sao Tome government to establish strategic partnerships,” added the chairman of Sonangol Holdings, a subsidiary of Angolan oil company Sociedade Nacional de Combustíveis de Angola (Sonangol), during the ceremony to lay the first stone.

The participation of the Angolan oil company in the investment project to extend and modernise Sao Tome and Principe’s international airport is the result of a concession contract for exploration of the airport, signed in November 2010 by the Sao Tome prime minister, Patrice Trovoada and the chairman of Sonangol, Manuel Vicente.

Under the terms of that deal, Sonangol plans to invest some US$7 million in the work that will be carried out by Mota Engil Angola and includes a working area of 1,500 square metres.

The partnership between Sonangol and the Sao Tome state also includes investments, which have begun to be made, in refurbishing the port of Ana Chaves Bay and construction of another port to supply vessels in the north fop Sao Tome island, in the city of Neves.

According to the Sao Tome National Civil Aviation Institute, the modernisation and expansion of Sao Tome’s international airport will make it possible for “the country to meet the standards of the international civil aviation organisation,” and also make the national authorities, “solve a problem that has dragged on for several years.” (macauhub)