http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 17.89Change: -0.10
R/$ = 16.03Change: -0.05
Au 1173.53 $/ozChange: 18.48
Pt 912.00 $/ozChange: 11.50
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters About Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Nov 03, 2011

Basil Read wins R2.7bn contract to build St Helena's first airport

Back
Construction|Expertise|Harbour|Africa|Aircraft|Aviation|Building|Concrete|Contractor|Design|Diesel|Engineering|Installation|PROJECT|Road|Safety|Systems|Africa|Logistics|Systems|Diesel
Construction|Expertise|Harbour|Africa|Aircraft|Aviation|Building|Concrete|Contractor|Design|Diesel|Engineering|Installation|PROJECT|Road|Safety|Systems|Africa|Logistics|Systems|
construction|expertise|harbour|africa-company|aircraft|aviation|building|concrete|contractor|design|diesel-company|engineering|installation|project|road|safety|systems-company|africa|logistics|systems|diesel
© Reuse this



JSE-listed construction group Basil Read reported on Thursday that it had been awarded a R2.7-billion contract to build and operate an airport on the isolated Island of St Helena, in the South Atlantic Ocean.

Officially a British Overseas Territory, the island, which measures 16 km by 8 km, has hitherto had no airport. In fact, the island is currently connected to the rest of the world through the last remaining Royal Mail Ship, the RMS St Helena, which operates between Cape Town and the island.

Basil Read CEO Marius Heyns tells Engineering News Online that the award followed from the reopening of a long-running bidding process that had previously been shelved.

Italian contractor Impregilo was awarded the initial contract, but the British government pulled back in light of the recent global economic turmoil. In January, fresh design, build, operate and transfer bids were sought from both Impregilo and Basil Read, but only the South African group made an offer.

The UK government’s Department for International Development will fund the project, which will involve a 3 500 m² airport building and a 1.8-km concrete runway, with a taxiway and apron able to cater for aircraft of a size equivalent to an Airbus A320, or a Boeing 737-800.

The scope of the works also includes an eight-million cubic metres rockfill embankment through which a 750-m-long reinforced concrete culvert will run, air traffic control and safety systems, a bulk fuel installation for six-million litres of diesel and aviation fuel and a 14 km access road up the mountain to the airport site.

Temporary harbour facilities would also be developed to allow a roll-on/roll-off vessel to bring in materials from South Africa and Basil Read would also develop a temporary runway to enable the use of a C130-type aircraft to facilitate quicker access to the site. That runway should be developed within 18 months of the start of construction.

The logistics will be a significant portion of project planning, as the contractors would need to bring in everything from food to the building materials needed for the development of the airport building, which would be of a similar size to the airport in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. Basil Read’s airport operational expertise would be drawn from its joint venture relationship with the Lanseria Airport, in Gauteng.

The client is the St Helena government, which sees the airport as key to improving logistics and supporting economic development on an island that has a population of just over 4 000. Located some 1 900 km from Africa, Ascension Island is its nearest neighbour, some 1 000 km away.

Heyns says the design phase would begin immediately and he anticipates that construction could begin in May 2012. At peak construction, some 300 people will be employed on the project. Most of the expertise will be derived from South Africa, but Basil Read has indicated that it will employ as many locals as possible in the building and the operation of the facility.

Construction will take place over a 48-month period, while operation of the airport will continue for ten years at a contract value of about R450-million.

The award has increased the size of Basil Read’s order book to R12.5-billion. The company’s order backlog stood at R10.2-billion at the end of June.

Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter
© Reuse this

To subscribe email subscriptions@creamermedia.co.za or click here
To advertise email advertising@creamermedia.co.za or click here
 
Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Construction News
Automation company ABB is on schedule to complete automation for the first 800 MW generating unit at State-owned enterprise Eskom’s Kusile power station, in Mpumalanga. “With record timing as a key deliverable of such an intrinsically complex project, there is...
AILING INFRASTRUCTURE Damaged and outdated electrical infrastructure is impeding Africa's socioeconomic growth
Most infrastructure investments on the African continent are in the energy sector, but power plants and transmission lines across Africa presently operate at a fraction of installed capacity due to insufficient maintenance and lack of modernisation.
ENERGY POVERTY Sustainable Energy Africa enables municipalities to implement sustainable energy strategies
Local governments, as key decision-makers in urban development and planning, need to be more involved in the development of a sustainable energy sector, says research organisation Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) director Mark Borchers.
More
 
 
Latest News
The Health Market Inquiry (HMI) hearings into the private healthcare sector  will get under way on February 16 at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) International Convention Centre, in Pretoria. In addition to private healthcare consumers,...
With “misinformation” over the Wild Coast Road project spreading among the local communities along the route, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has defended the project that it believes will bring substantial benefit to Eastern Cape region. The...
The Western Cape provincial government plans to invest R2.89-billion in the roll-out of broadband connectivity to its citizens, as research has found that the average resident in the province spends more than 20% of their monthly income on accessing the Internet....
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Construction 2016: A review of South Africa's construction industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2016 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; key participants; local demand; geographic diversification; corporate activity; black economic...
Energy Roundup – February 2016 (PDF Report)
The February 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for December 2015 and January 2016 and includes details of a Government Gazette notice that confirms Cabinet’s decision to move ahead with the 9 600 MW nuclear procurement programme; State-owned power...
Energy Roundup - December 2015 (PDF Report)
The December 2015 roundup includes details of State-owned utility Eskom’s application to claw back R22.8-billion; South Africa’s ranking as an investment destination for renewable energy; and a nuclear expert’s thoughts on reactor designs for South Africa’s nuclear...
Water 2015: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2015 Report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context but also in the African and global context in terms of supply and demand, water stress and insecurity, and access to water and sanitation, besides others.
Input Sector Review: Pumps 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2015 Input Sector Review on Pumps provides an overview of South Africa’s pumps industry with particular focus on pump manufacture and supply, aftermarket services, marketing strategies, local and export demand, imports, sector support, investment...
Liquid Fuels 2015: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2015 Report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment; oil and gas exploration; fuel pricing; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; the logistics of transporting liquid fuels; and...
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Power and automation company ABB is in the launch phase of its highest payload, multipurpose industrial robot, the IRB 8700. The robot has a reach of 3.5 m and can handle a payload of up to 800 kg. “When designing the IRB 8700, we emphasised reach and payload, as...
Identity and Access Management (IAM) is a critical facet of a connected security ecosystem, as controlling the confidentiality, integrity and authorisation of data access and use is key to securing new digital business channels. However, companies face several...
RORY YOUNG Managed security services provide companies with a means to actively monitor their environment and ward against threats
Data underpins digital business models, the digital economy, the Internet of Things and the fundamental changes in the ways people interact and protecting data is crucial to securing new ways of doing business, says T-Systems South Africa information and...
The City of Cape Town will issue a tender for the procurement of electric buses for its MyCiTi service, in line with the council’s commitment to lower its carbon footprint, says executive mayor Patricia de Lille. The tender, to be advertised early in February, will...
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority signed a R10-million contract last month with local tailings storage facility specialists Cyclone Engineering Projects to remove about 100 000 m3 of dredge spoil obstructing the natural course of the uMfolozi river, in...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $149 Close
Subscribe Now for $149