Hoima International Airport to be handed over in 2023

Hoima International Airport stands at 78 per cent completion stage. (File photo)

Hoima International Airport is expected to be handed over to the government in February 2023, according to Mr Amos Muriisa, the Public Relations Officer, Solel Boneh International Holdings (SBI) Uganda Ltd – the company that was contracted to construct Uganda’s second international airport.

The PRO tells Kazi-njema News that progress of the construction work currently stands at 78%, thus, with high expectations of the hand over early next year.

Mr Muriisa explains that since most of the construction sections at the airport are almost complete, the authorities there are currently preparing and sensitising their workers to cope with the situation once they are demobilised when construction work comes to an end.

“The company is using its Human Resource Department to prepare the workers by holding toolbox talks for 30 minutes in every section as a way of preparing them for the future and not be shocked when the project ends,” he says.

SBC has 890 employees working in different sections at the airport including paving the 3.5km (11,000ft) of runways, carrying out earthwork and installing drainage infrastructure, pouring cement and asphalt and building electro-mechanical, communications and navigation systems.

Others are erection of an air traffic control tower, a cargo terminal, additional residences and service structures.

The airport will be used to facilitate mobilisation of equipment for construction of the oil refinery at Kabaale village in Kabaale sub-county, Hoima district and also assist in the development of agriculture and tourism in Uganda.

In February 2018, the government of Uganda selected Shikun & Binui, a construction firm based in Israel to construct Hoima International Airport projected to end in four years’ time at a tune of US$309m.

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