CAAN announces pre-qualification of bidders for TIA runway extension project

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) is preparing to invite bidders for re-tender of runway-02 and parallel taxiway extension project for Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) which is under the Air Transport Capacity Enhancement Project (ATCEP) Identification number ‘ATCEP/ICB-02/2018’.

CAAN is preparing to terminate the contract with no-show Chinese contractor company Shanxi Construction Engineering Group who took the responsibility of 300m runway extension of TIA so the new bidding announcement has been done.

It is expected that the invitations to bid will be made in September, 2018 for which the prequalification will be conducted following the criteria contained in prequalification documents. Bidders from all countries are allowed for the project.

Applications for the prequalification should be submitted to the ATCEP, Project Directorate Sinamangal, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Shanxi had signed contract to extend the runway of sole international airport of country by 300 meters at its southern end or runway 02 in last October however, the company didn’t commence the work complaining about increment in prices of construction materials.

CAAN had awarded the contract to the Chinese contractor with estimated amount of Rs561.18 million however, the company is not in contact after the agreement.

This is the second time CAAN’s runway extension plan has been cancelled and the project is now likely to be delayed by a year. Previously CAAN had contracted Spanish company Constructora Sanjose for the same project but was ripped off in end of 2016 for performing only 17% of work in almost 4 years from the time of contract period. CAAN had invited bids in mid-2017 and broke the project into 4 packages and provided it to different contractor.

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