Mota-Engil group hired to modernise airport on Principe island, in Sao Tome and Principe

19 July 2012

Portuguese construction group Mota-Engil will carry out work to modernise the airport on the Island of Principe, in Sao Tome and Principe, under the terms of a deal signed with the regional government, the president of the autonomous region of Principe said Wednesday in Lisbon.

Cited by Portuguese news agency Lusa, José Cardoso Cassandra, who did not say how much the contract was worth, said that the work had been necessary for a long time as, because it is on an island, “facilities such as ports and airports are fundamental.”

“The work that will be carried out at the airport is essential for the development of Principe island because we cannot provide quality tourism if we don’t have a decent airport to receive people,” said the president of the autonomous region adding that the work would begin this year and would take 17 months.

The airport of the autonomous region of Principe has a 1,200-metre runway and as part of this project will be extended to 1,850 metres and the project is one of a number of investments being made by South African company HBD Vida Boa in the country.

In March the Sao Tome government and South Africa’s HBD Vida Boa signed an administrative investment contract for Principe, under the terms of which over US$86 million are due to be invested over the next nine years in tourism, agriculture, and staff training. (macauhub)