Construction of the proposed Greenfield Terminal at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is expected to begin in November 2013. The Greenfield terminal, which includes a new runway, will double the handling capacity of Kenya’s largest airport to over 20 million passengers annually.
The Greenfield Terminal is scheduled to be completed in 2017 at an estimated cost of US$ 654 million (Kshs 55 billion).
Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), which is implementing the project, has held a series of consultative meetings with key stakeholders, giving them an opportunity to engage the project’s architects. The plan is to have stakeholder in-puts and requirements accommodated in the final designs.
“KAA wishes to assure the public that the JKIA Greenfield Terminal final designs have not been done and once finalised they shall be implemented and delivered in accordance with input from all the stakeholders,” said KAA Managing Director Stephen Gichuki, at one of the consultative sessions.
Last week, the Greenfield Project’s lead architects and supervising consultant made presentations to key JKIA Airport operators.
Pascal & Watson, the architects, had a presentation on the proposed design of the terminal. Pascal & Watson have previously worked on similar projects including Heathrow Terminal 5 and Dublin Terminal 2.
The Louis Berger Group, KAA’s project supervising consultant, discussed several options considered in the master plan for the terminal with the merits and demerits of each and the suitability of hub operations for the various terminal options. The consultants had a related session with senior management of KAA and Kenya Airways.
The Greenfield Project appears to be moving smoothly now after a tender row almost derailed the work.
In December 2011, KAA awarded the tender for constructing the Greenfield Terminal to Anhui Construction Company, a Chinese firm. The KAA Board, with the backing of the Minister for Transport, wanted to cancel the construction tender, say the bidding process was not competitive. Meanwhile, Managing Director Stephen Gichuki, with the support of the Attorney General, insisted that all public procurement laws were followed and that there was no reason to cancel the tender.
At one point, Gichuki was suspended by the Board and locked out of his office, but he was later reinstated.
On 12 September 2012, Parliament ruled that the Greenfield project deal is above board and that Anhui Construction, which won the bid, should sign the contract. “The relevant oversight bodies have cleared the procurement process,” Members of Parliament said in a report.
On 13 September, the Cabinet approved the development of the Greenfield Terminal, putting to rest the tender row.