The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA), James Kamanzi has refuted media reports which indicate that government has contracted the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) to construct a multi million dollar modern Airport at Bugesera district.
“Its not true that any contract has been awarded to the Chinese(CSCEC),”Kamanzi said adding that three companies have been shortlisted including two from China and another from U.S.
Kamanzi said he could not reveal the names of other companies shortlisted.
“We will hold negotiations with all the shortlisted companies but we have began with CSCEC. After negotiations with the three firms, we will announce the winner."
He told IGIHE in an exclusive interview that Government is in negotiations with CSCEC to determine whether it meets the criteria in taking up the job, “We are currently holding both Technical and Financial negotiations with CSCEC”.
Kamanzi explained that Bugesera airport construction will commence between August and September 2013 and scheduled for completion between 2016 and 2017.
He also said the airport structural plan has been expanded to accommodate more passengers and traffic.
The original project had been estimated at US$650million, “the new cost will be slightly higher than $650M following the project expansion”.
Traffic at Kigali International Aiport grew last year by 30%, and further double-digit increases are projected for the coming years, as RwandAir will add at least 2 more aircraft in 2014, bringing the fleet by then to 9.
Work is currently going on at Kanombe to enlarge the passenger departure lounge and gates spaces to make the transition period until Bugesera comes online in approximately 2016-2017 easier to bear for airlines and passengers.