19 July 2014

Ethiopia: French Company Wins Bole Airport Expansion Consultancy Bid

A French company, ADPI, won the bid that the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise floated to hire a consultant for the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport passenger terminal expansion project. Early this year, the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise had put up an international tender inviting companies that would supervise the construction of the state-of-the-art passenger terminal at a cost of 250 million dollars. Thirty-eight companies bought the bid document out of which only five submitted bid proposals. The enterprise bid committee has been evaluating the technical proposals presented by the five international consulting firms.

Wondim Teklu, head of communication affairs office with the Enterprise, told The Reporter that a French company has won the bid. He added that an agreement would soon be signed with the company. The incumbent will also undertake a study on the new mega airport project planned to be built outside of Addis Ababa. The enterprise is contemplating building a giant international airport in a low land area out of Addis Ababa. The French company will be tasked with undertaking a study on the site selection for the new airport and how to integrate it with the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

ADPI is a French architecture and engineering company operating worldwide on complex development and construction projects.

Its range of architectural and engineering services includes consultancy, planning, prime contractorship and project management. ADPI was formed in 2000 as a subsidiary of Aéroports de Paris. Landmark projects include Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport, the final assembly line factory complexes for the Airbus A380 at Toulouse and the A400M at Seville, the passenger terminal extension at Bogota Airport or the French Embassy in Tokyo.

The Chinese construction firm, China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), has already commenced work on the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport passenger terminal expansion project. The enterprise will expand the passenger terminal at a cost of 250 million dollars. The loan is secured from the EXIM Bank of China. The project is aimed at transforming the passenger terminal into a state of the art terminal and boosting its capacity substantially. CCCC, which has built a number of highway roads in Ethiopia is the contractor. The design of the new passenger terminal is drafted by a Singapore company called CPG Airports. The expansion project includes the construction of a new passenger terminal as an extension of the existing Terminal 1 (domestic and regional terminal) and Terminal 2 (international terminal) with all related equipment and the construction of a new VIP passengers' terminal. The new terminal will house boarding areas, lounges, recreation centers, shopping malls, offices and other facilities. New boarding gates, boarding bridges, and a parking area are parts of the expansion project. The new parking area will serve passengers and staff members.

A major component of the expansion project is the VIP terminal. The first of its type in Ethiopia, the VIP terminal will be dedicated to leaders, senior government officials, diplomats and other dignitaries. The VIP terminal will have various saloons, lounges, conference rooms, recreation centers, duty free shops, an IT center and an exclusive parking lot.

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