Airport upgrade to start soon

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

THE construction for the modernisation project of Brunei International Airport will begin soon, as His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam approved the awarding of the construction contract yesterday.

The Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) and Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) under the Ministry of Communications, jointly announced that the contract for the Modernisation of Brunei International Airport Terminal project will be implemented by a Malaysian and Bruneian joint venture company.

The project is expected to help develop Brunei as an air logistics hub while doubling passenger capacity upon completion in 2014.

Dato Paduka Hj Ali Hj Apong, deputy minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Chairman of the board, said he hoped that this project would set a benchmark for service excellence and operational efficiency.

"Through improved security systems and facilities with greater capabilities, it will not only help promote and develop Brunei as a competitive air logistics hub, but also to help contribute to the vibrant growth of sectors such as tourism, trade as well as investments,"said Dato Hj Ali added.

Haji Omarali Hj Mohd Ja'afar, director of the DCA, said that ultimately, the project will double the airport's annual capacity from 1.5 million passengers to three million passengers by 2014.

"This project is also in line with the department's initiative in introducing and implementing airport incentives programme to encourage existing and new air carriers towards the development of airport connectivity, flight frequency and passenger traffic at Brunei International Airport," he said.

The BEDB-DCA joint statement said that the project will be carried out by Trans-Resource Corporation Sdn Bhd of Malaysia and Swee Sdn Bhd of Brunei, following an international tender, which attracted interest of contractors from Asean countries, China, Japan, Korea, India, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

"The decision to award (the contract) to the consortium followed a detailed evaluation by the BEDB and supported by the representatives from DCA, Ministry of Communications and Ministry of Development, and was based on the competitiveness of the tender submitted as well as the capabilities of the consortium," the joint statement said.

The project aims to improve the existing conditions and operations while creating an iconic visual image of the airport building.

The statement added that at the end of the project, it is envisaged that the overall look and feel of the airport will be 'modernised' with the introduction of an open concept of high ceiling space for the new departure and arrival halls, with highly improved security features and facilities such as additional retail areas and car parking spaces.

Tran-Resources Corporation Sdn Bhd is a registered Class A Contractor with Pusat Khidmat Kontraktor (PKK) and a Grade G7 Contractor with Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia with over 25 years of experience in the construction industry.

Some of their notable airport project experience includes the upgrading of Kuala Terengganu Airport, Sibu Airport and Labuan Airport. Bruneian Swee Sdn Bhd, is a reputable contractor registered with the Public Works Department of Brunei Darussalam as a Class VI Licence contractor.

Construction works for the modernisation of Brunei Internatinal Airport Terminal are expected to commence shortly and to be completed within three years.

The BEDB and DCA, the selected contractor together consultants for the project, Changi Airport Consultants Pte Ltd - AECOM Asia Company Ltd consortium, will undertake to keep the public and relevant parties informed of upcoming works at the airport and to ensure smooth airport operation during the course of the construction works.

CAI previously reported that the project is expected to cost around $130 million. The Brunei Times