TASYAPI, the Turkish firm that submitted a bid to refurbish and up•grade Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) for N$3 billion less than half the N$7 billion that Chi nese company, Anhui Foreign Economic Construction (AFECC) charged – has of fered to extend a N$3 billion loan to the Government if it is not keen on its initial offer of a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) model, Confidente has learnt.
In a statement Emrullah Turanli the chairperson of Tasyapi said that the company is still willing to engage with Namibia over the refurbishment and expansion of HKIA.
“Our professional line of work as the world knows about is construction of airports, hotels and more. We understand the stress-related issues arising in this project of Namibia’s capital airport. BOT has been proven a success in many parts of the world and major airports are one of them. If the Namibian Government is not ready for a BOT for the sake of bilateral trade and investment between Turkey and Namibia, we are also honoured to build on a long-term credit with the same high profile materials that will last for many decades at the same cost we procured on our BOT basis although we prefer the BOT,” he said.
Confidente last week wrote a story that the old Namibia Airports Company (NAC) board
had turned down Tasyapi’s N$3 billion bid to refurbish and expand HKIA at what aviation experts refer to as ‘zero cost to the Namibian government under a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) model’, which would not cost the Government a cent, in favour of a Chinese bid that is set to cost Namibian taxpayers at least N$7 billion.
Confidente is informed that Tasyapi would operate HKIA for 30 years and thereafter give it to the Namibian Government under the BOT model. Tasyapi during those 30 years would operate and maintain the airport while it recoups the money it invested in the project. During this period the NAC and Treasury will not have to spend a cent on the airport. However this also means no revenue will be coming to NAC’s coffers from the airport.
Tasyapi in its presentation to the former NAC board had committed to expand and refurbish HKIA to offer systems that include but are not limited to a waste water treatment system, cold room and cold storage, redundant power supply (generators), apron lighting system, gate allocation system, fuel hydrant systems, fire-fighting systems with gas, handling agent system, passport control system, over flight billing system and so on.
The airport would also come with additional benefits like an underground parking, a sustainable design that has a rain water collection system, waste water treatment system, pre-technical service, maintenance hangar for aircraft and a logistics hub.
The airport would also have capacity to handle three million passengers annually with the ability to cater for five million passengers after 2025, storage and distribution facilities for cargo flights, and a 150-bed airport hotel for transit and travelling passengers.
Some countries that have embraced the BOT model are Saudi Arabia, Israel, India, China, Nepal, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Turkey, Japan, the Philippines and the United States of America. Some airports constructed and operated under the BOT model include Perth In-ternational Airport, New Doha International Airport, Cairo International Airport, and Stockholm-Skavsta among others.
When asked whether the Ministry of Works was aware of Tasyapi’s offer of a N$3 billion loan, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Willem Goeiemann through a text message said: “no comment.”
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