Burkina Faso awards contract for construction of Ouagadougou-Donsin international airport

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The government of Burkina Faso has awarded a € 122 million contract for the execution of lot 2A of the construction works of the new Ouagadougou-Donsin international airport. The contract was awarded to a consortium formed between Sogea Satom, a major player in the building and public works sector in Africa, and Mohammed Abdulmohsin Al-Kharafi & Sons Company (Kharafi Group) which is a private Kuwaiti based group with diverse interests and activities worldwide, following an agreement by the Burkinabé government Council of Ministers.

The scope of the work

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The scope of the work in this project, for which the call for tenders was launched on March 25 last year, includes the construction of aeronautical pavements, in particular the deployment of category 2 markings, the sanitation and the erection of a fence around the airport perimeter.

The project is partly financed by the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA), the Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Economic Development (FKDEA), The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), the Saudi Fund for Development (FSD) and the government of the West African state.

It is expected to be completed within a period of 30 months.

An overview of the Ouagadougou-Donsin international airport

The new Ouagadougou-Donsin international airport is under construction approximately 35 km northeast of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. The first phase of the project whose commissioning was initially scheduled for June 2021, comprises a 3500m runway and a 17,000sqm terminal facility. The second phase, set for construction from 2026-2030, will expand the runway to 4000m and double the capacity of the passenger terminal.

Upon completion, the facility will be managed by Meridiam, a global investor and asset manager based in Paris specialized in developing, financing, and managing long-term public infrastructure projects, under a 30-year concession.