By Hilary Mare
THE Namibia Airports Company (NAC) has outlined the procurement processes that will be followed in its N$240 million (US$19 million), Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) tender.
The tender that will go on for eight months from the time work starts, will have temporary expansions of the current facility in certain key areas, namely the check-in hall, security screening point, arrivals hall and the luggage handling areas.
“These are all temporary improvements at most useful for the next five years. . Our immediate preoccupation is to resolve the congestion and resultant compliance issues in the short term.
“The current terminal building was constructed in 1985 to handle 250 000 passengers a year. At present, the airport handles in nearly a Million passengers per annum. This is the result of Namibia being a very popular tourist destination and a significant increase in the number of International Airlines serving numerous international destinations,” the parastatal said this week.
While advertising of invitation for bidding and pre-qualification of consultant will close on June 8 2018, deadline for submission of bids and opening of bids has been set for June 22. The process will then be followed by bid evaluation and recommendation by Bid Evaluation Committee (BEC) and Procurement Committee (PC) respectively between June 25 and July 5.
The Chief Executive Officer (acting) will then need to approve the evaluation report between july 6 and 12 after which short listing of pre-qualified consultants is done. Between July 13 and August 23 the parastatal will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) Invitation to the short listed consultants. Compulsory Site Meeting at HKIA is also slotted for July before notification of successful and unsuccessful bidders is done in September.
Responding to how the projected will be funded, NAC said: “At present, we are engaged in determining funding options for the new airport terminal and related investments to be considered. The options include, but not limited to, a PPP, Treasury funding, raising money in local currency from local sources against the NAC balance sheet and so forth. All projections are that traffic volumes will double in another 10 to 15 years and that would therefore necessitate construction of a new airport terminal and improvements of the runway, taxiway and the apron.”
Namibia Airports Company was established in terms of the Airports Company Act, Act 25 of 1998 to manage safe and secure airports.
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