No runway rebuild before August

REBUILDING the Bauerfield International runway will not begin before August at the earliest, business leaders said this week.

They said it was unlikely that the runway would be completed before the last quarter of 2018.

An aviation expert said the tenderer, China Civil Engineering and Construction (CCECC) and its joint venture company Northwest Civil Airport Construction Group (NCACG), are working very hard to get the work commenced.

“The problem at present is that they have not appointed a company of quality engineers needed to assess the base materials needed in runway construction,” he said.

“This not like building a road – the quality of the materials must be far superior and it needs to be tested to ensure the quality is up to the required standards.

“This is not a major problem at this stage, but a few cracks have appeared in the planning.”.

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