As the time marches on towards the completion of all major infrastructure in the country before the FIFA 2010 World Cup, it is obvious that plans are in place to ensure all projects are ready. The same can be said of the completion of the new airport at La Mercy, as all areas of the project are taking great shape. The civils and buildings aspects are being properly synchronised to ensure that all areas are planned and systematically prepared for the testing of these areas.
Together with this the operational readiness and transfer program (ORAT) is now being given full focus by the Airports Company South Africa team. The ORAT program is being jointly driven by ACSA and the contractor to ensure all actions and activities are in synch and the deadline is met.
The multi billion rand project is now sitting at 72% complete with most of the civil and building works well on track. The Mechanical & Engineering and IT, critical areas for the project, is also on track. The terminal building roof is finally completed which renders the building “water tight” and allows work to continue and progress within the terminal structure. This will mean that areas of tiling, glazing, partitioning and electrical aspects can now progress without any major weather interruptions.
The exciting and unique,10 of the 12 air bridges from Spain, have been installed on the Alpha Apron while the first running of the baggage reclaim conveyor, from New Zealand, has proven to be successful and the express cargo conveyors in the cargo building is on schedule for commencement.
The main access road construction is tracking well with minor disruptions reported on the N2. The on ramp and off ramp bridges are being constructed and this has been done with the full co-operation of the eThekwini Municipality and SANRAL. The tenant co-ordination is a critical aspect of project is in progress and includes the co-ordination of offices, services and contracts being completed in the various areas that include retail, car rentals, property areas and government agencies.
The skid resistance test was completed on the 3.7km runway and with all taxiways on track with shoulder surfacing and asphalt layering. The asphalt in the certain areas of the public car park is about 75% completed.
ACSA has indicated that as much as they are very happy with the progress, they are paying close attention to the some of the areas that remain on the critical path. With the recent labour unrest that had an impact on the project, ACSA maintains that the contractor has implemented recovery programs to ensure that the deadline is met in May 2010.