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The Yacyretá dam, managed by a binational agreement between Argentina and Paraguay, announced the start of the work for hydroelectric exploitation. This is the arm of Aña Cua, which could increase its ......
|Description||The Yacyretá dam, managed by a binational agreement between Argentina and Paraguay, announced the start of the work for hydroelectric exploitation. This is the arm of Aña Cua, which could increase its electricity generation by 9%. The expansion, which will take 4 years, will require an investment of US $ 400 million. For the construction of three turbines, Yacyretá chose the offer of the German Voith Hydro (of US $ 99.6 million). The proposal of IMPSA (Pescarmona group) -Power China of US $ 116.3 million was defeated. The Chinese Gezhouba - which is in the Santa Cruz dams - was disqualified "not to exceed the technical requirements". "There was a 10% preference for the national offer, but the proposal chosen was below that," explains Martín Goerling, executive director of the Yacyretá binational entity. “There were complaints from all parties. The Germans understood that the national preference (the 10% price advantage) hurt them. And Pescarmona turned to his contacts in the province of Mendoza and the authorities. We had total autonomy, guaranteed by President Mauricio Macri, to select the most convenient offer, ”he added. "The final result allowed to achieve a price reduction in the order of 40% in relation to the amounts budgeted," he said. For the construction of the civil work, a consortium formed by the Italian Astaldi, the national Rovela and the Paraguayan Tecnoedil was chosen. They asked for US $ 193.2 million. The proposal that corresponds to Sigue is headed by cartellone constructions, which have cost US $ 225.15 million. The other bidders were Impregilo and José Chediack, who requested US $ 240.3 million: Techint-Benito Roggio e Hijos y Panedile, which required US $ 318.9 Million, and Sacde-Power China, with US $ 274 million. Astaldi is in a process of "concordat" in Italy, which implies the realignment of its liabilities. Goerling understands that there will be no complications. «They have the conditions. In addition, in the consortium, the three are supportive and co-responsible for the other, ”he details. "With this work, three turbines will be installed and its commissioning will increase Yacyretás energy by 9%," they informed from the binational entity that manages that body. Studies for the use of Aña Cua have been in place since 1999. However, the time was never found to face enlargement, due to various inconveniences. Yacyretá owes money to the Argentine Treasury. Although there is a political solution to meet that debt, it must still be approved by the Argentine Congress. The Paraguayan legislature has already lent its consent. Yacyreta can generate 2000 megawatts. With this incorporation, there will be an additional 270 megawatts. "It is energy worth between US $ 80 million and US $ 90 million that we are not taking advantage of now and we must do so," notes Goerling. Yacyretá has the necessary funding for this work, according to its authorities. The hydroelectric plant delivers energy to the system (Cammesa), as part of the payment, will pay its debt to the Treasury, which is in the vicinity of US $ 1 billion. The work will take advantage of a slope to take it to a dry area on land. There will be the engine room with the three turbines that will convert it into energy. On the other hand, they will return the flow of the river to its natural channel.|
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Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation Ltd (TSREDCO) has invited bids from interested entities for establishing several rooftop solar photovoltaic (SPV) projects of different capacit ......
|Description||Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation Ltd (TSREDCO) has invited bids from interested entities for establishing several rooftop solar photovoltaic (SPV) projects of different capacities in the state under its net metering program. The cumulative capacity of all the projects amounts to 5.4 MW. There will be 123 projects set up at different locations of the Telangana Social Welfare Residential Education Institute Society Schools or Institutions (TSWREIS) under CAPEX (capital expenses) model with a five-year comprehensive maintenance contract. The last date for submitting the bids online is August 3, 2019. An earnest money deposit (EMD) of ? 5 million (~$ 72,536) must be submitted by the bidder. During project allotment, the bidder should submit a performance guarantee of 10% of the total project cost. The eligibility criteria require the firms to have at least ten years’ experience in manufacturing. The bidders must have a BIS-approved panel manufacturing unit in Telangana. The solar panels must be credited with valid certifications such as IEC 61215-1-1:2016, IEC 61215-2:2016, IEC 617301:2016, and IEC 61730-2:2016. The companies should have experience of installing solar grid-connected rooftop (GCRT) systems of at least 10 MW, and their SPV module efficiency should be more than 15% under standard testing conditions. The scope of work for this project includes the design, engineering, manufacturing, procurement and supply of equipment and materials, testing and manufacturing, inspection, packing and forwarding, unloading at site, associated civil work, services, permits, installation, erection and testing and commissioning of 5.4 MW of grid-connected SPV projects under net metering program. In March this year, TSREDCO had issued a tender for 31.12 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar PV projects under the RESCO model with net metering. The solar PV systems were to be installed on vacant building rooftops of pump houses, reservoirs, sewage and waste treatment plants, and office buildings of Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB). Earlier, Karimnagar Municipal Corporation had signed a memorandum of understanding with TSREDCO to install 1.35 MW of solar rooftop projects.|
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The Rajasthan Urban Drinking Water Sewerage & Infrastructure Corporation has firmed up plans for upgradation of the existing sewage treatment plant. The plant in Jodhpur town will be upgraded to achi ......
|Description||The Rajasthan Urban Drinking Water Sewerage & Infrastructure Corporation has firmed up plans for upgradation of the existing sewage treatment plant. The plant in Jodhpur town will be upgraded to achieve effluent parameters for sewerage project (Phase-II) in Sikar city of Rajasthan under AMRUT. In August 2018, Geo Miller & Company, in JV with EMS Infracon, bagged an order for upgrading the project. While tracking the latest development of the project, the Projects Today team learnt that civil work was underway with completion scheduled by February 2021.|
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The development would help clean power generation from coal-fired plants in India and enhance air quality control New Delhi: GE Power India Ltd, an arm of American industrial giant GE, today announced ......
|Description||The development would help clean power generation from coal-fired plants in India and enhance air quality control New Delhi: GE Power India Ltd, an arm of American industrial giant GE, today announced it has bagged four contracts worth Rs 1,783 crore from state-owned NTPC Ltd for supply of emission control equipment for its coal-based power plants. As part of the contracts, GE Power India would supply Wet Flue Gas Desulphurization (Wet FGD) technology for NTPC’s thermal projects including the 1,320 Mw Solapur super thermal power plant in Maharashtra, apart from the 1,320 Mw stage II of Tanda project, 500 Mw Unchahar project and 1,320 Mw Meja power project in Uttar Pradesh. The development would help clean power generation from coal-fired plants in India and enhance air quality control, the company said in a statement. With the latest order, GE has now been awarded six contracts for installing Wet FGD technology in India, other two being a 500 Mw unit of Stage V of NTPC’s Vindhyachal thermal power plant, where facilities and performance guarantee tests were recently completed, and the contract for 1,600 Mw Telangana thermal power project awarded earlier this year. “These six Wet FGDs together will treat more than 42 million cubic meters per hour of flue gas and will remove more than 540,000 tons of SO2 each year which will be converted into gypsum by-product for use in the construction industry,” GE Power India said. The installation of these Wet FGDs will help NTPC meet the new emission standards issued by the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) making it mandatory for thermal power plants in India to install FGD technology to reduce SO2 emissions. “This is an important milestone in the country’s progress towards lowering the environmental footprint of its thermal power plants,” said Andrew H DeLeone, Managing Director, GE Power India Limited. “GE’s broad emission controls portfolio as well as services solutions that can improve coal power plants efficiency and flexibility and lower environmental impact, can further help India balance growing environmental concerns and the need to provide affordable power to its citizens,” he added. The installation of GE Power’s Wet FGDs will be completed in 33 months for the first unit and 39 months for the second unit from the date of award of the contract. GE’s scope includes design, engineering, civil work, supply, erection and commissioning of Wet FGD systems along with auxiliaries like Limestone and Gypsum Handling System and Wet Stack.|
The increased costing is largely due to the increased cost on civil work which is needed at the solar park, a large portion of which remains inundated for several months during monsoon and also faces ......
|Description||The increased costing is largely due to the increased cost on civil work which is needed at the solar park, a large portion of which remains inundated for several months during monsoon and also faces tidal variations. Proximity to the sea and saline conditions at Dholera SIR (Special Investment Region) in the state is expected to push up the cost of solar power generation. According to current estimates, the power produced at the 5,000 MW solar park within the SIR is expected to be costlier by 20 paise per unit, said state government officials. The increased costing is largely due to the increased cost on civil work which is needed at the solar park, a large portion of which remains inundated for several months during monsoon and also faces tidal variations. The park which is coming up in a coastal regulation zone is also expected to face issues of salinity. “The terrain of the Dholera Solar Park is of an amphibious kind. It is partly earth and partly water. It is so close to the city, we have to counter the marine conditions. We need better superstructures and foundations. We need to clean it on a regular basis,” said Raj Gopal, Principal Secretary, Energy and Petrochemicals Department. “In a week or two, we should be able to float the RFP (Request For Proposal) for the first 1,000 MW solar power project ( the first phase of the 5,000 MW solar project). The terrain is challenging and we will have to specify the constraints which has to be factored into the costing,” he added. The first phase of the project is expected to be commissioned in the next two years. The estimated power demand for the 22.5 square kilometer of activation area — which will be first piece of SIR to be developed – is about 380 MW. The demand for Phase-I is about 1,500 MW and that for the entire SIR is 4,500 MW. According to top government officials, the cost of solar energy could be higher than the record low of Rs 2.44 per unit seen in the auctions held last month, but is expected to remain within Rs 3 per unit mark. “Since there are certain challenges, the cost will be more… Though bidding process will help us discover the price, but we expect the cost of per unit of power produced at this solar park to be more than 20 paise per unit than those produced in other solar parks. Still we are expecting the prices to remain Rs 3 per unit,” said Jai Prakash Shivahare, MD (IAS), Dholera Industrial City Development Ltd, a state-run company, while speaking at the sidelines of a “Solar Conclave” organised by CII on Friday. The state government is expecting to spend about Rs 25,000 crore in developing the 5,000 MW solar park at Dholera SIR (Special Investment Region). This includes expenditure on works related to installation of 1.6 million solar PV panels, 5,000 central inverters and laying of approximately 25,000 kilometer of DC cables within the park. “IIT-Mumbai is working on the structural design of the park,” said Shivahare. “We are expecting the solar power developers to invest in developing the infrastructure. This includes developing 11,000 hectare of land, 1.6 million solar panels, building of foundations, laying cables, etc,” he added. Speaking about the cumulative addition of solar power in Gujarat, Raj Gopal said, “By 2022, we expect to add 7,000 MW of solar power in Gujarat. We have already given the work order for 500 MW, another 500 MW is in pipeline and 700 MW and 500 MW projects are expected to come up in Banaskantha.”|
The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has floated its first tender for India’s first bullet train project, even as it seeks to overcome local resistance to land acquisition in Guja ......
|Description||The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has floated its first tender for India’s first bullet train project, even as it seeks to overcome local resistance to land acquisition in Gujarat and Maharashtra. The tender is for building a bridge in Navsari district of Gujarat, where NHSRCL officials have been engaging residents to resolve issues related to land acquisition. This will be the first of the 60-odd bridges on the 508-km high-speed corridor. With this, NHSRCL officials said, a gradual end to the deadlock over the land acquisition process in the two states is in sight. Sources said there are encouraging signs from Palghar in Maharashtra, where the NHSRCL has been battling resistance from farmers supported by MNS and local Shiv Sena units. Last month, Sena mouthpiece Saamana published an advertorial highlighting the benefits of the project and compensation packages, indicating that a breakthrough was likely. In Palghar, the NHSRCL has been able to rope in women of 73 villages where land is to be acquired. These women have been entrusted with the task of facilitating communication between the village heads and NHSRCL engineers for the joint measurement survey. A team of 15 women from various blocks has been set up to explain the compensation packages being offered and the exact land requirement. Officials said this method is working, as the project team has been able to conduct surveys in 18 of the villages. Till a few months ago, the survey teams could not even enter some of these areas. In Dahanu, for instance, where the project team even faced violence, officials have now been able to establish contact with all the 16 villages where land is required. “We have been able to establish dialogue with all the concerned in the villages so that there are no misgivings or lack of understanding about the project, as well as what we offer to the locals,” Dhananjay Kumar, NHSRCL spokesman, told The Indian Express. “We are on schedule as per the timeline of the project,” he said. Meanwhile, the women are also documenting the needs of the villages for the NHSRCL project team — like constructing a boundary wall around water bodies that are the source of irrigation for multiple villages, taking care of medical facilities, and so on. Of the total land requirement of around 1,400 hectares for the entire corridor, only around 0.9 hectares have been acquired so far. But NHSRCL officials said they would be able to stick to their timeline of starting civil work by December 2018-January 2019. In Palghar, the project requires around 300 hectares of land. The total land acquisition cost has been set at around Rs 10,000 crore. In a first for projects involving land acquisition, the NHSRCL Board has decided to disclose the detailed compensation matrix for each land-owner and give them time to suggest corrections. There are around 3,000 land title holders in Palghar alone. The NHSRCL has also decided to provide a one-time compensation to agricultural workers as well as those who work in shops which are likely to be affected. The government wants to roll out the country’s first bullet train by August 2022, advancing it by a year, as the official deadline was 2023.|
Six construction firms have submitted their pre-qualification bids to build Namma Metros 17-km Outer Ring Road section. The Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL), which is evaluating the technical ......
|Description||Six construction firms have submitted their pre-qualification bids to build Namma Metros 17-km Outer Ring Road section. The Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL), which is evaluating the technical and financial performance of each of these companies, is likely to award the contract in a month. Rcently, BMRCL managing director Mahendra Jain confirmed that the corporation would award the contract in less than four weeks. ?Technical evaluation is almost complete. As the election code of conduct is over, we will be able to award the contract shortly,? he told ET. In February this year, the transport utility had floated bids for the civil work which comprises construction of 13 metro stations between KR Puram and Central Silk Board. The stretch, infamous for its everyday traffic congestion, sees about half a million IT professionals using it. It was after much public pressure that the state government decided to include the 17-km ORR line in Namma Metro Phase II project in 2016-17. The original deadline to complete the entire 72-km Phase II network is 2020, something the BMRCL is unlikely to meet. For speedier construction, the 17-km stretch was divided into three packages during the tendering stage. While ITD Cementation has participated in two bids, the remaining five construction firms are bidding for all three packages. The five companies are IL&FS Engineering, Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC), Simplex Infrastructure, JMC Projects and Ahmedabad-headquartered Sadbhav Engineering. ?The firm which qualifies in the technical evaluation rounds and quotes the lowest amount will be picked for the construction,? Jain said. While the BMRCL expects 10% each from state and central governments (of the Rs 5,000-crore project cost), it hopes to raise the remaining amount through different sources. Part of its innovative funding strategy is to get corporate firms located close to the 17-km stretch to pitch in. Firms such as Embassy Group, Intel Technology and real-estate developer Prestige Group have already tied up with BMRCL.|
advertisement for the media houses expected to decline as capacity building for dzongkhags completes by June this year Since the initiation of government’s e-government procurement (e-GP) system, 53 ......
|Description||advertisement for the media houses expected to decline as capacity building for dzongkhags completes by June this year Since the initiation of government’s e-government procurement (e-GP) system, 53 tenders have been floated through the system amounting to Nu 120M worth of goods and services. A government order was issued in June last year announcing the piloting of e-GP in ministry of education and finance, works and human settlement ministry, and the dzongkhag administration of SamdrupJongkhar. On March 6, the finance ministry issued another notification announcing the rolling out of e-GP in 11 dzongkhags, four ministries, and four regional offices of Department of Roads with ‘immediate effect’. Both procuring agencies and bidders must be registered on the e-GP and the financial institution must facilitate the transactions There are 398 registered clients as of date. Capacity building on e-GP for six dzongkhags will be completed by May 1. The remaining will be completed by June this year. In an email response channeled through the Prime Minister’s office, officials from the finance ministry stated: “It is not mandatory to register if contractors or suppliers do not want to participate in government tender.” In addition, corporate bodies like Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) and Bhutan Telecom are implementing the e-procurement on trial. So far, the corporate bodies using e-GP have floated two tenders. “The financial institutions are already using and facilitating any payments related to e-GP like bid security, performance security and bank guarantee,” the finance ministry response stated. However, the bottom line is that contractors, suppliers and consultants vying to secure bids on works, goods and services should register with e-procurement. Government Procurement and Property Management Division (GPPMD) of Department of National Properties also provided training for the bidders. There are about 4,200 civil work contractors, 1,500 suppliers, and 380 consultants. It is estimated that the government will float about 3,000 procurement work a year with an annual growth percentage of 10 percent. It is also estimated that there are about 15,000 bidders who would ultimately use the e-GP system against 1,000 procuring agencies using the same system. Once the users, both the procuring agencies and bidders get registered, the e-GP website will display news and advertisements of procurement opportunities of government agencies, which can be sorted and filtered. The website will also publish circulars, amendments, instructions related to Public Procurement and it will display award notifications and details of the winning bidder. On the selection of the successful bidder, procuring agencies will have to publish the award notice in e-GP, including the name and address of the bidder, bid amount and status of the contract. e-GP system will also be integrated with the Department of Civil and Census Registration System to verify the authenticity of personal information of procuring agencies and bidders. The revenue administration management information system (RAMIS), licenses registration system, Bhutan InfoCom and Media Authority (BICMA), and the Drug Regulatory Authority (DRA) are other agencies would be involved in the verification process. The e-GP will automatically disallow uploading a bid if the documents are found invalid. e-GP cycle includes invitation of bids, opening, evaluation and award. The evaluation will be done by the nominated evaluation committee who would login with their user credential to get access to bidding documents. e-GP is found to be necessary because the traditional procedures were found to be limiting the scope for competition and often require strict internal control and approval procedures that make the procurement process less efficient and more cumbersome, making it for a longer delivery time and higher cost. Impact Higher the cost of preparing and submitting a tender, the higher will be the cost of goods and services. e-GP is, therefore, expected to bring about transparency and efficiency in procurement of goods, services and save cost for the government. Adverse impact will be felt by the media organisations given the fact that government advertisement pertaining to invitation of bids is one of largest source of revenue. This comes at a time when media houses in the country are raising issue with regard to sustainability. Finance ministry stated that the introduction of e-GP would result in abridged version of advertisement and that the traditional form of full advertisement may not happen as the details would be posted on e-GP system. “Once the tender is posted in the system, the system will trigger email and SMS to the registered contractors and suppliers,” the finance ministry’s response stated. This also comes at a time when the Media Association of Bhutan and Journalist Association of Bhutan jointly submitted a five-point petition to the government to ensure sustainability. Among others, the government has decided to support 50 percent of the printing cost for two years for the private papers. The government has also directed the ministry of information and communications to look at the possibility of introducing tender system for awarding advertisement to private media with a set of criteria such as circulation, reach, pricing and other factors. “Alternatively, MoIC should work at enabling a system of collecting the price from media houses and giving it to agencies so that agencies can opt for media houses that they prefer,” the letter from the Cabinet Secretary to MoIC secretary stated|
The public bidding grew 38% in 2017 to 8.309 billion euros, and public procurement rose 32% to 4.755 billion, although in both cases se figures represent third part of volume of 2007, before crisis, a ......
|Description||The public bidding grew 38% in 2017 to 8.309 billion euros, and public procurement rose 32% to 4.755 billion, although in both cases se figures represent third part of volume of 2007, before crisis, according to data of ASOCI Construction companies and Infrastructure concessionaires (Seopan). The president of Seopan, Julián Núñez, welcomed increase in investment in general budgets of State presented yesterday and, in particular Ministry of Development, which grows 13.7%, but stressed that it is insufficient to alleviate deficit of 114,000 million euros of "priority infrastructures". "This is a tipping point, but we are in investment levels equivalent to those of 1999," he said during Seopan press conference to take stock of 2017 sector and prospects for 2018. The employer details that infrastructure related to mobility and transport are most lack of investment presented, estimated at about 85 billion. Then, water related, with an investment of 12 billion inferior to necessary, hospital facilities and educational centers (10.5 billion), environmental actions (6.5 billion) and logistics (700 million). Núñez drew attention that while spending on pensions, health and education has grown 70%, 53% and 29%, respectively, investment in public works remains almost in historical lows after four years of Falls (2011/2016). For this reason, employer has called for a large national pact of infrastructures between different political forces, based on projects of public-private collaboration, to alleviate this deficit that, at current investor rate, it would take 40 years to resolve in terms of Transport and hydraulic infrastructures, and 136 years of environmental issues. The companies associated to Seopán, mainly large construction firms and concessionaires, recorded an increase in national activity of 0.3% in 2017, up to 4.296 billion euros, motivated by rise in residential building of 41%, which contrasts With fall of civil work (-2%). Direct employment fell by 7.2% to 18,199 jobs. Toll Maintenance at AP1 Seopan advocates to keep toll on AP-1 because, in his opinion, it would make no sense for Spanish taxpayers to pay ir maintenance and improvement due to ir high use by foreigners. The grant of AP-1 (Burgos-Armiñón) expires on November 30 and, for now, executive has only advanced that will not extend contract with current concessionaire and that highway reverts to state without clarifying its future model of management. "We have sent a proposal to ministry that is based on maintaining pricing model," said president of Seopan, Julián Núñez, who although he has not detailed proposal has hinted that goes through full collection of toll except Regular resident users, who would have a "high" bonus. "The European Commission would not allow discrimination by nationality in payment of tolls," said Núñez, who, however, has insisted on importance of subsidizing regular users as "compensation measure" for grievance of having to pay when in Or high-capacity roads are not paid for. The AP-1 is a strategic axis for Spain that connects with Portugal and France and by it spend daily an average of 20,000 vehicles, with a high percentage of foreign vehicles: 30% in average of year and 50% in summer, according to Seopan. The employer considers that road requires investments worth more than 300 million for its maintenance and improvement, with works such as completion of third lane or reinforcement of safety in tunnels.|
Ethiopia opens Africas big Cargo Terminal With the inauguration of the largest cargo terminal at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in Ethiopia, Africa is positioning itself in the global comp ......
|Description||Ethiopia opens Africas big Cargo Terminal With the inauguration of the largest cargo terminal at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in Ethiopia, Africa is positioning itself in the global competitive market. Reji John reports Ethiopian Airlines has consistently maintained its reputation of offering the best services to its passengers. It has started to do the same for its cargo services with bold steps to increase investments in world class cargo facilities and in the most modern fleet of aircraft. The recent inauguration of a new cargo terminal, built at a cost of $150 million, is a manifestation of Africa’s leading carrier’s commitment to economic integration, one of the key aspirations of the African Union. Having the largest cargo terminal with the new generation, high-performance aircraft reflects the commitment in expanding and supporting the exponentially growing imports and exports of the country in particular and the African continent in general. Inaugurated by the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn on the sidelines of the second International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Meeting on Air Cargo Development in Africa, the cargo terminal is built at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on a 150,000sqm plot. It has the capacity to handle 600,000 tonnes of cargo per annum, while the existing cargo terminal has the capacity to handle 350,000 tonnes of cargo yearly. The new cargo terminal includes facilities such as dry cargo terminal warehouse, perishable cargo terminal with cool chain storage, fully automated with latest technology ETV (Elevating Transport Vehicle), G+2 office building, apron area which accommodates five additional big freighter aircraft, sufficient truck parking apron as well as employees canteen and washrooms. The new cargo terminal is also fitted with different climate chambers for storage and handling of temperature sensitive products such as fresh agricultural products, pharmaceuticals, and life science products. Besides First lady Roman Tesfaye and Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, president of the ICAO Council, ministers from the Ethiopian government, more than 250 delegates, who participated in the Second ICAO Meeting on Air Cargo Development in Africa forum, senior executives of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise and flower and vegetable exporters attended the inaugural ceremony. Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam claims that the new cargo terminal is not only the largest in Africa but it is one of the best in world. “It is comparable with the cargo terminals in Schiphol Airport of Amsterdam, Changi Airport of Singapore and Hong Kong International Airport. With this large and modern terminal Africa can position itself in the global competitive market,” Tewolde said. Prime Minister Hailemariam said that he was delighted with the fast growth of the country’s national carrier. Hailemariam noted that Ethiopian’s global network to more than 95 international destinations has been facilitating tourism, trade and investment to the country. “Our foreign and domestic investors are enjoying this convenient, dependable and economical air connectivity. The success of our new initiative of tourism sector transformation depends on our national flag carrier’s vast network. Above all, Ethiopian Airlines has played an important and irreplaceable role in the development of our horticultural products export and foreign exchange earnings,” Hailemariam said. The Prime Minister used the opportunity to invite global companies to invest in the booming horticulture development and manufacturing sectors. The cargo terminal has various compartments dedicated for fruits, vegetables, flower, meat, pharmaceuticals, and other export items. It has four modern electronic transport vehicles and it can store 900 airplane pallets at a time. It has eight lanes exiting to the ramp, and it can load eight airplanes at a time and the ramp can accommodate five Boeing B777 dedicated freighter aircraft at a time. It can dock 18 trucks at a time unloading fresh flowers, vegetables, fruits, meat, textile, leather articles and pharmaceuticals. “With modern B777 freighter aircraft each with a hauling capacity of 100 tonnes of cargo and a state-of-the-art cargo terminal with a capacity to accommodate close to one million tonnes of cargo we are now globally competitive. Since Ethiopia is a landlocked country it should have a vibrant air cargo sector,” said Fistum Abady, Managing Director, Ethiopian Cargo. At the inauguration Tewolde revealed that Ethiopian Cargo has already partnered with DHL, a global forwarding company to enter into the multi modal logistics business. “With double digit GDP growth and ongoing industrialisation process the country badly needs an integrated logistics services. The logistics sector should prepare itself to handle the growing import and export sector,” Tewolde said. Ever since the first cargo charter operation was launched to Nairobi in 1946 and the boom of agricultural export products out of Ethiopia, Ethiopian’s cargo service has been steadily growing since the early 1970 Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Service is now one of the seven strategic business units of the Ethiopian Airlines Group established under the Vision 2025, the national carrier’s 15 year growth strategic road-map launched in 2010. With eight dedicated freighter aircraft (six B777 and two B757) Ethiopian Cargo has a daily uplift capacity of 8,672 tonnes that makes it the largest cargo operator in Africa. Ethiopian inaugurated the first expansion of the cargo terminal in 2006 and is now planning to launch the third expansion project-terminal III with the capacity of accommodating additional 600,000 tonnes of cargo. The French Development Bank, AFD, financed the construction of the cargo terminal while the German Export Credit Agency KFW financed the electro mechanical work. The new cargo terminal civil work is done by Varnero while UNITECH, the German cold store technology company, supplied and installed all the cargo handling system. While the new terminal has been formally inaugurated, actual commercial operations would only begin from September this year. Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services would soon commence work on the third cargo terminal expansion project which will have additional 600,000 tonnes of cargo handling capacity. When the third terminal is completed Addis Ababa would be one of the top ten leading cargo hubs in the world. In line with the Vision 2025, Ethiopian Cargo will eventually build facilities to handle 1.2million tonnes of cargo annually and serve 47 destinations using 18 freighter aircraft.|