Kabaale International Airport in Hoima which is now the Ugandas second international airport completion nears.
According to constrictors, the construction is due for completion nine months from now.
The immediate objective of the airport, 200 kilometers by air from Entebbe International Airport and 33 kilometers by road from Hoima City, is mainly transportation of the equipment expected to be shipped in for the construction of oil processing and transportation projects.
SBC Uganda Ltd began the construction in 2018 and was due to end in April 2022 for the first phase, which would be able to handle cargo planes but due to Covid-19 pandemic, the work slowed down and it was discovered that there were other issues including the terrain and others, that had not been anticipated during the contract awarding process.
However, according to Amos Muriisa, the spokesperson of SBC Uganda, said that the project will be ready by February 2023, the new deadline that was set by the government through the Petroleum Authority of Uganda, PAU.
The first phase of the project is expected to pave way for the importation of the heavy equipment, materials and machinery by the oil and gas companies which are currently in the initial stages of developing their own projects.
These include; field flow pipelines, feeder pipelines, the central processing facilities in the fields and at the Kabaale industrial park, the East African Crude Oil Pipeline and later the refinery, and well equipment for related industries expected to be born out of the oil industry.
Later, the second phase will include an expanded passenger terminal which will be expected to boost tourism and other activities leading to high passenger numbers.
Construction of the runway, which is 3.5 kilometres long and 45 meters wide is 95 percent complete, while the cargo terminal building, the limited-capacity passenger terminal building, the air rescue firefighting house, power substation house and the air ground lighting system are all between 78 and 9 percent complete.
Muriisa also noted that the airport is designed to handle the largest cargo planes in the industry currently, and the apron can host four of such aircraft at once.
He also added that the next nine months will also see the construction of housing for airport operators and the control tower start and completed.