The National Airports Corporation Limited (NAC) wishes to inform the public that works on the redevelopment of the Mendi Airport is still continuing and not on hold as reported by the Media dated Friday 07th of May 2021.
The contractor, Sinohydro Corporation Ltd is currently rectifying the non-conformance issues on the quality of materials used previously on the runway pavement.
The management of NAC would also like to clarify that there are no landowner disputes as stated in the article as all current redevelopment works of the airport are being carried out within the declared aerodrome area.
NAC would like to inform the key stakeholders and the development partners that works on the ground is continuing with an accomplishment of 60% physical progress to date.
Other works that have been completed to date include the installation of security fencing, construction of a H65 standard house for the NAC Airport Safety Officer (ASO), construction of a tractor shed and the construction of the ASO’s office.
Works on the construction of the new terminal building is expected to start soon and NAC’s Project Implementing Unit (PIU) office is working closely with the contractor to have works completed before the end of the year, however this is subject to several factors that are out of NAC’s control including COVID – 19 restrictions.
In addition, the pavement reconstruction works that is currently underway is expected to be completed within four (4) months.
Hence, the NAC management would like to send its apologies to the key stakeholders and development partners for any inconveniences the article may have caused and acknowledges your continued support in implementing the project.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION OF THE MENDI AIRPORT UPGRADE PROJECT
The Mendi Airport Upgrade project was awarded to Sinohydro Corporation Ltd in May 2018 at a value of K27.7 million. Scope of works for the project include;
- strengthening of the existing aircraft pavement;
- runway/flight strip and drainage improvement; design and construction of a new
- supply and installation of security fencing;
- construction of a stand along H65 NAC staff residence;
- construction of a new tractor shed; construction of a new NAC staff office and other
The project is part of a series of high impact aviation projects implemented by the National Airports Corporation Limited (NAC) through its Project Implementing Unit under the Civil Aviation Development Investment Program “CADIP”.
It is funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) through its Multi-Financing Facility loan and the Government of Papua New Guinea’s counterpart funding.
For more information or queries please do not hesitate to contact me.