PORT VILA, 15th September, 2017 – The Government’s Vanuatu Airport Investment Project (VAIP) continues to progress with the arrival and offloading of key machines and equipment for the rehabilitation of runway, aprons and related infrastructure for Bauerfield Airport in Port Vila, and the completion of mobilization and assembling of asphalt plants in Santo Pekoa.

CCECC and its joint venture partner Northwest Civil Aviation Airport Construction group JV commenced offloading and transportation of the machines and equipment from the main wharf in Port Vila to the construction site at Bauerfield at the weekend.

Other equipment stored from the lower deck of the vessel have yet to be cleared by bio-security once treated according to strict instructions from Biosecurity officials.

Mr. Jack Zhang, Acting Project Manager of the CCECC VAIP project said machines and equipment from the first ship from China have been placed at the construction site — awaiting further inspections and final approvals before any work can commence on the Vt6 billion project funded by the World Bank.

He also informed that the second shipment of equipment and machines should depart from China before the 25th of September 2017.

Mr. Zhang has said the Santo Pekoa project team have now completed mobilization and assembling of the asphalt plant at Pekoa.

“The completion of these works means work on Santo can begin in Santo,” said Mr. Zhang while adding that work on Tanna will soon commence.

The contractors have updated key stakeholders including Airports Vanuatu Limited, and Civil Aviation on the progress of the project this week. This included the completion of a visit and Vanuatu  2 inspection of the Santo Pekoa Construction site and Bauerfield construction site, with plans to visit the construction site on Whitegrass soon.

The VAIP project team within VPMU and the contractors have expressed sincere gratitude to all key stakeholders for the support and assistance towards the progress of the project, including World Bank team, all relevant Government departments and local companies in Port Vila, Tanna, and Santo. 

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