Acsa signs R6.8bn contract for La Mercy airport

Posted On Thursday, 07 June 2007 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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Developing a new airport is a first for Acsa with the La Mercy project being the biggest the company has ever embarked upon

Infrastructure IndustryAirports Company South Africa (Acsa) on Wednesday signed a R6.8-billion contract with the Ilembe Consortium for the design and construction of a new airport and Dube TradePort at La Mercy, north of Durban.

Developing a new airport is a first for Acsa with the La Mercy project being the biggest the company has ever embarked upon, it said in a statement.

"This is an important step in the right direction. Our main aim is to ensure that the airport is ready for 2010. Since late last year, we have been engaging with all relevant stakeholders to ensure that all legal and governance requirements were met," said Acsa MD Monhla Hlahla.

Hlahla added that although the contract had been signed, Acsa was legally bound not to commence any form of construction on the site before a decision was made based on the outcome of an environmental impact assessment (EIA) study.

"Signing of the contract allows both Acsa and Ilembe to start certain processes within the construction and design framework considering the schedule involved in delivering the airport by 2010," she added.

The contract between Acsa and Ilembe is a process of both parties affirming the final design, functional flexibility, expansion flexibility and features of the airport. The contract has no bearing on the EIA process as the two are two separate matters.

The Ilembe Consortium consists of major shareholders Group Five, WBHO and Total Facilities Management Corporation as well as a large group of KwaZuluNatal empowered organisations. This group includes a large contingent of women owned companies.

The approach adopted by the Consortium is to use a combination of both the best local and international consultants and advisors with airport experience to deliver the project.

The EIA report has been submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) for the Minister to issue a 'record of decision'. Once the EIA decision has been issued by DEAT, ACSA will make further announcements regarding the project.


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