Nov 03, 2011
Basil Read wins R2.7bn contract to build St Helena's first airportBack
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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.
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.
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