Chinese JV bags Cox’s Bazar airport runway expansion deal

Staff Correspondent | Published: 21:05, Jul 29,2020 | Updated: 10:04, Jul 30,2020


The CCECC-CRCC Harbour JV of China on Wednesday was awarded the expansion work of the runway at the Cox’s Bazar airport quoting Tk 1868.52 crore.

The cabinet committee on national purchases at a virtual meeting awarded the deal to the joint venture company while approving a proposal of civil aviation and tourism ministry.  

Agriculture minister Mohammad Abdur Razzaque presided over the meeting in the absence of finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, now in abroad.

He also briefed the reporters on-line.  

The runway project aiming at lifting the standard of the airport internationally was approved by the Executive Committee on the National Economic Council in 2018 at the cost of Tk 1,998 crore.

It was reported that the Chinese joint-venture was preferred by the ministry of civil aviation and tourism over a South Korean joint-venture company.

The Korean joint-venture comprises Hyundai Development Company and National Development Engineers as the HDC-NDE JV lodged complaints to the ministry regarding anomalies in the tender evaluation process.

However, the ministry selected the Chinese joint venture for the 1,700 feet-long runway extension on the sea.

The committee also approved another proposal from the ministry of civil aviation and tourism to bring changes in using materials for construction of 2nd floor of the third terminal at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

In October 2017, the ECNEC approved the expansion of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport project with an estimated cost of Tk 13,610 crore before increasing the project cost to Tk 21,399.06 crore in last December.

Besides, the deadline of the project which is scheduled to be expired in June 2022 has been extended up to June 2025.

Abdur Razzaque said that they also appointed a consortium led by a Japanese company for consultancy and supervision work of the Matarbari Port’s road network at a cost of Tk 466.68 crore.

He also said that Energypack and Partex Cables were given supply deals of materials in two separate projects under the Rural Electrification Board.

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