The work of the Kabaale International Airport will be completed in nine months
Kabaale International Airport under construction, located approximately 200 km from Entebbe International Airport by air and 33 km by road from the city of Hoima in Uganda, is expected to be completed in nine months according to SBC Uganda, the company who undertakes the project.
SBC has started working on the facility which is located in the East African country second international airport in 2018. Scheduled to be completed in April 2022, the project has however been slowed down by the outbreak of COVID-19. According to SBC, issues such as the terrain were also factors that slowed down the project as they were not anticipated when the contract was awarded.
SBC Uganda spokesperson Amos Muriisa said that by February 2023 the project will be ready. The Ugandan government, through the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU), set the new deadline.
Expectations for Kabaale International Airport
The first phase of the Kabaale International Airport project is expected to lay the groundwork for oil and gas companies that are in the early stages of establishing their own plans to import heavy equipment, materials and machinery.
Field flow pipelines, feeder pipelines, central processing facilities in the fields and in the Kabaale Industrial Park, the East African Crude Oil Pipeline and later refinery, as well that equipment for related industries that should emerge from the petroleum sector, are included.
Later in the second phase, an expanded passenger terminal will be established, which aims to promote tourism and other activities, resulting in an increase in the number of passengers.
The 3.5 kilometer long and 45 meter wide runway is 95% complete, while the cargo terminal, limited capacity passenger terminal, air rescue firefighting house, sub- Electric station and the ground lighting system are all between 78 and 9 percent finished.
According to SBC, the apron can simultaneously accommodate four of the largest cargo planes in the industry. Muriisa said that the construction of accommodation for airport operators as well as the control tower will start and be completed within the next nine months.
Kabaale International Airport in Uganda receives a financial boost
Construction of the Kabaale International Airport project in Uganda is about to start after receiving US$318 million from UK Export Finance (UKEF). The loan will help support the construction of the runway, taxiway, cargo terminal and other necessary infrastructure.
Reports indicate that construction work is expected to start in January 2018. Additional financing will be provided by Standard Chartered, who acted as lead arranger for the deal.
The project will be carried out by Colas UK. Director of Strategic Projects at Colas UK, Carl Fergusson said Kabaale International Airport presents an opportunity for the company to establish its presence across East Africa.
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“With huge untapped natural resources, rapid urbanization and attractive demographics, the need for infrastructure investment to support continued regional development is clear, and this aligns well with the outward-looking international element. of Colas Ltd’s strategy to expand our business in East Africa,” said Fergusson.
It is part of the infrastructure to be built as Uganda prepares to develop its nascent oil industry. When completed, it would be Uganda’s second international airport, in addition to Entebbe International Airport.
The new airport is expected to facilitate the mobilization of equipment for the construction of the Ugandan Petroleum Refinery and contribute to the development of agriculture and tourism in the western region of Uganda.
Uganda has started construction of a major pipeline from its oil fields in Hoima to the Tanzanian port of Tanga to boost the movement of crude oil.
Ugandan lawmakers approve US$364 million loan for Hoima airport
Ugandan MPs have approved the government’s request to borrow US$364 million from two separate financial institutions in the UK for the construction of Hoima airport in the Kabaale oilfield.
The government plans to borrow US$318.96 million from United Kingdom Export Finance (UKEF) and a further US$43.7 million from Standard Chartered Bank of London for the construction of the airport.
However, MPs also demanded that the percentage of the project cost channeled to local content be raised to 30%, from 20%.
The committee, through a report, noted that local content costs during construction will amount to US$72 million (20%) in the form of employment opportunities and use of local inputs, despite Negotiations between the government and the entrepreneur capped at 30%. Furthermore, the committee was also unsure of the number of Ugandan companies and individuals who will directly benefit from the implementation of the project.
As a condition, lawmakers insisted that the percentage of local content be pushed up to 30%. They also want the government to undertake a due diligence study on SBC Uganda Limited to see if it has the capacity to perform the task. SBC Uganda Limited is a joint venture between SBI International Holdings AG of Switzerland and Colas Limited of the UK.
According to a broad budget breakdown, civil works will take up the largest share of funds, slightly above 85%. At least US$239.5 million of the project cost is expected to be spent on goods and services for the construction of the airport. The entrepreneur will spend US $ 72.1 million on local goods and services.
Construction of Hoima airport is expected to start in 2018 and be completed by 2020. While the airport is expected to facilitate the transport of heavy materials needed for the exploration and development of petroleum resources, the road network remains the primary mode of transportation for the area. .
Uganda will build an airport of $ 309 million near Hoima and Lake Albert
Uganda plans to build a US$309 million airport in the oil-drilling region near Hoima and Lake Albert in northwestern Uganda. Shikun & Binui’s international construction arm, SBI, will build the airport, which is expected to support the region’s oil industry.
“The selection of Shikun & Binui to carry out this project confirms, once again, the superb reputation that SBI enjoys in Africa. A reputation based on its proven operational capabilities, deep understanding of the local working environment and commitment to meeting the highest international standards,” said Shikun & Binui President Moshe Lahmani.
The project includes the construction of 3.5 km of runways, a cargo terminal and an air traffic control tower, as well as other residential and service structures.
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Earthmoving and drainage activities
Associated earthworks and drainage activities, construction of electromechanical, communications and navigation systems are included in the contract.
According to Shikun & Binui CEO, Yuval Dagim, Uganda’s selection of SBI once again demonstrates the high level of trust they have earned from their clients in Africa, their confidence in their ability to build complete complex engineering infrastructure projects with a high degree of success and efficiency.
The project will be funded by UK Export Finance (Ukef) and a commercial bank. It should be finished in three years.
The construction of Kabaale International Airport in Uganda is 21 % completed
Construction of Kabaale International Airport in Hoima, Uganda is now 21% complete. This is according to SBC Uganda, contractor in charge who pointed out that the works carried out so far include earthworks for a track which involved digging and compacting the soil up to 27 meters above ground to ensure an absolutely solid.
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Kabale International Airport
SBC Uganda Limited – a joint venture between Colas Limited of the UK and a subsidiary of Shikun and Binui of Israel, namely SBI International Holdings of Uganda – was awarded in April 2018 the mandate to undertake the construction works of the project.
Works include paving of 3.5 kilometers (11,000 ft) of runways, carrying out earthworks and drainage activities, pouring of cement and asphalt, construction of electromechanical systems, construction of communication systems and navigation, construction of an air traffic control tower, cargo terminal, additional residences and service structures.
The project also includes the construction of a multi-purpose terminal for cargo and passengers, a control tower, an airfield ground lighting system, a fire station, a parking lot, access roads, a traffic lane, a perimeter fence and an electrical centre, among other facilities.
1st and 2nd phases
Speaking after a visit to the site, Civil Aviation Authority Public Affairs Director Vianney Luggya said the first phase of construction, which includes the runway and cargo handling facilities, is expected to be ready by next year. This phase is primarily intended to support the construction of the oil refinery due to the runway’s ability to accommodate large and heavy aircraft.
“In 2022, the second construction phase will be delivered. This phase focuses on passenger facilitation. This will therefore boost tourism and business, especially in the agricultural sector,” Luggya said.
When completed, the US$294 million project partially funded by UK Export Finance (UKEF) and Standard Chartered, will also have an aircraft parking apron on an 81,500 square meter space with the capacity to park four large carriers and a possibility of other expansion in the future. Generally, Kabaale will be the second international airport in Uganda after Entebbe.