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Construction of runway extension to begin early 2013 – Hon. Pickering

- Canadian Government & China showing interest
Government said it is on target for ground breaking for construction on the runaway extension at the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport early 2013. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Construction for the extension of the runaway at the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport is set to begin early 2013, with the Governments of Canada and China among the entities that have expressed interest to carry out the works.

According to Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Hon. Kedrick Pickering, who was addressing the House of Assembly (HOA) sitting on Tuesday July 24, 2012, the progress looks good thus far and they are on target for a ground breaking ceremony in early 2013.

He said he is encouraged by the number of interests that has come in so far from around the world for the project.

“The deadline for submission for the Expression of Interest (EOI) is July 25, 2012 and by that time we hope to have about 5 to 10 submissions, including a submission from the Government of Canada and interest has also been shown by the Government of China-through their international construction group operating in the Caribbean,” Dr. Pickering told the HOA.

The Minister further stated that following receipt of the EOI today, July 25, 2012, they will move into the prequalification stage where all the submissions are evaluated based on the criteria delineated in the EOI. “This process is expected to be completed by mid-August, 2012 at which time we hope to have about 3 companies that will stand out and receive secured access to the Request for Proposal (RFP) currently being developed. These organizations will, on September 24, 2012, return proposals for the Design, Financing and Construction of the Intermodal Transportation Facility which includes the Runway Extension, at Beef Island.”

He added that once evaluated and awarded, design and financial work will commence to produce detailed designs and put in place all financial arrangements for the entire development planned. “This Design work for the Runway extension is expected to be substantially completed by December 2012 facilitating commencement of the construction in early 2013 of the Runway Extension and in the first quarter of 2013- the completion of designs and commencement of construction for aircraft parking apron and passenger terminal building upgrade.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Pickering also outlined that they are in the process of putting together the Project Administration Team, the Project Steering Committee and an Environmental Management Committee to ensure that the project meets all environmental standards.

Furthermore, he revealed that the Ministry is currently working with the Town and Country Planning Department to ensure that all statutory requirements are met in a timely manner. “In this regard the recently completed Impact Assessment Study is being discussed and reviewed with the T&CP this week to ensure all the guidelines that were identified and approved by that department during the scoping study are adequately studied, investigated and mitigated.”

On June 29, 2012, in the HOA, Minister Pickering had announced that the final construction of the runway extension, which is expected to be completed by December of 2015, will be extended approximately 2000 feet eastward into the sea and approximately 500 feet towards the west.

9 Responses to “Construction of runway extension to begin early 2013 – Hon. Pickering”

  • critic (25/07/2012, 15:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    there goes trellis bay
  • i'm glad (25/07/2012, 15:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    that england has the last/final say
  • hmm. (25/07/2012, 15:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    China is not known for its generosity. There would be a win for them if they get involved.
    • rodent (26/07/2012, 08:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Wait till China pays off the Dept of Labor and tells them they only want Chinese workers.
  • sheila (25/07/2012, 15:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    picking he care what a man say he moving fulll speed
  • Well meh boy (25/07/2012, 17:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Doctor Done Deal, I understand that the Government allegedly needs new revenues and I understand that NDP has an obsession with Beef Island, I understand that NDP loves selling out the BVI. I understand! I understand that I am a lowly citizen only capable of making a decision at election time so please enlighten me as to the answer to these questions: Is this project going to decrease the ever increasing cost of living? What effect is this going to have on the sewerage problem that according to you currently exists solely in Trellis bay? Is this project going to fix our infrastructure? Is this project going to finish the hospital? Is this project going to decrease our national debt? Has the government have any real plans to help combat crime other than relying on Justice Redhead? Have the airlines that have "expressed interest" in coming to the territory also expressed interest and are willing to give a legally binding guarantee that the people of the Virgin Islands will be able to get the same rate or close to the same rate that St. Thomas and Puerto Rico gets? Will the Traffic Control Tower finally get a radar? What efforts will be in place to try to prevent potential wrong doers from entering into the country (for example those wishing to come here and set up drug rings), being more accessible also means being more accessible to criminals as well)? I know I have asked a lot of questions, but you have a left a lot of questions that need to be answered, lest when that one time every four years when I am competent enough to make a decision comes, I don't put an X next to your name or anyone from the NDP! I know I am just an ignorant citizen but it seems to me if the government wants to advance our development and give us additional revenue they should be looking to decrease our debt not increase it. Surely if the government wants to keep in control of the country's affairs, they ought not to be giving Britain every opportunity to come and censure us and scoop out the territory.
    • rodent (28/07/2012, 09:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Everything you say is correct and can wait till His Royal Majesty Dr Pickering swings this deal and gets a mansion out of it
  • west side (25/07/2012, 18:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Done deal! Done deal!
  • bed time stories (26/07/2012, 00:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Then people in trellis bay going tell on Picko

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