WORK ON VANUATU’S PEKEO AND BAUERFIELD AIRPORTS TO START SOON

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WORK ON VANUATU’S PEKEO AND BAUERFIELD AIRPORTS TO START SOON

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (February 27, 2000 – Vanuatu Weekly)---Last Tuesday, the Vanuatu government signed a construction contract with the joint venture Colas-Sofreavia from New Caledonia for the upgrading of Bauerfield and Pekoa airports.

The Deputy Prime Minister Stanley Reginald, who is also the Minister for Infrastructures and Public Utilities, signed the contract.

The Deputy Prime Minister said that after the upgrading, the runways will be able to operate B767-300 ER aircraft at Bauerfield and the B737-400 at Pekoa without any frequency or load restrictions.

The Vanuatu Airport Limited company now in place will be in charge of operating the new facilities on a commercial basis, with efficiency and to promote the country's image, said Mr. Reginald.

Mr. Stanley said that the major investment and modernization project would boost the tourism industry and the economy of Vanuatu.

Mr. Reginald explained that altogether the contracts total 1,270,000,000 vatu, of which 548,000,000 vatu are funded by the French Development Agency on a grant basis, 575,000,000 vatu by the European Investment Bank through a soft loan to be prepared by Airport Vanuatu Limited, and 147,000,000 vatu by the Vanuatu government.

He said that the high value of these contracts demonstrate the importance of the investment.

The Tanna White Grass Airport, already complete, cost 2,407,000,000 vatu.

Mr. Reginald stressed that such an investment would not have been possible without the assistance of France, which provided 1,045, 000,000 vatu in grants for Tanna and Pekoa airports; the European Investment bank, by approving a 675,000,000 vatu loan for Bauerfield Airport; Australia, which provided 180,000,000 vatu in grant for navigational aids; the European Union, by providing a grant of 44,000,000 vatu for security and communication facilities; and the Ministry of Finance, which has provided, over five years, 463,000,000 vatu.

Work will start on the Bauerfield and Pekoa sites in mid March, with pavement of Bauerfield runway scheduled to take place during May-June and Pekoa runway during August- September.

All project airport project work is scheduled to be completed by March of 2001.

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