GIBB awarded Ondangwa airport study
The Namibia Airports Company (NAC) recently awarded a N$1.2 million contract for an investigation into the airside infrastructure at the Ondangwa International Airport. The contract was awarded to consulting engineers, GIBB in a joint venture with Lithon Project Consultants.
Lithon Project Consultants is a local Namibian partner and a multi-disciplinary company with extensive experience in a number of projects within Africa.
The project is in line with the country’s effort to improve air transport and boost tourism and trade in the country.
The study will analyse the current structural and functional condition of the airside infrastructure, such as the runways, taxiway and apron. The study will also consider the geometrical and drainage aspects of the infrastructure and ensure that any recommendation is in line with the future master plans for the airport.
According to Jannie Grobler, project manager at GIBB, some of these facilities are currently in a critical state of distress and in need of emergency repairs.
“Given the development plans than include a new international terminal building and expected traffic forecast, this study will consider potential rehabilitation options that is in line with the long term airport objectives of the NAC,” says Grobler.
Grobler adds that GIBB have substantial expertise in working on airport infrastructure studies in the SADC region. Projects of a similar nature have been done for Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) and Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda and this will further boost the contractors’ ability to deliver a project of world-class standards and quality.
“Our emphasis is on capacity building, transferring of knowledge and sustainable development. We also want to provide our employees and clients with a fulfilling work experience and an opportunity to grow. We believe that our biggest asset is our people and our strength is teamwork,” concludes Adriaan Grobler, managing director of Lithon Project Consultants.