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  • Bole International Airport expansion takes shape

    The Addis Ababa Bole International Airport passenger terminal expansion project is 40 percent completed.

    The Ethiopian Airports Enterprise (EAE) launched the expansion project in January 2015. The project includes the expansion of Terminal 1 and 2 and the construction of a new VIP Terminal.  The expansion project aimed at building a new terminal with a floor area of 74,000sqm. The existing terminal has a floor area of 30,000sqm. The new terminal will have three floors—arrival, departure and ground floor. The expansion of Terminal 2 is being undertaken on the left and right side of the existing Terminal 2. On the right side Terminal 2 will be expanded and connected to Terminal 1 (old terminal) where regional and domestic flight passengers are hosted. The VIP saloon is also located in Terminal 1.

    The new modern VIP Terminal will be built on the far right side of Terminal 2 or next to Terminal 1. A bridge and modern car parking is also part of the giant expansion project under way at a cost of 345 million dollars, a loan funneled by the Export Import Bank of China (EXIM Bank of China).

     

    The new terminal is designed by a renowned Singapore architectural firm CGP while the Chinese construction firm, CCCC, is the contractor. ADPI, a French company, is the consultant of the project.

    The existing main terminal, which was inaugurated in 2003, has a designed capacity of handling 6 million passengers per year. Due to the increasing passenger traffic the terminal is now handling 8.5 million passengers and the airport is congested in peak hours. When the expansion project is completed the airport can handle 22 million passengers, yearly.

    Hailu Lemu, chief engineer of the project, told The Reporter that 40 percent of the expansion project is completed as of December 11. Hailu said 98 percent of the concrete work is completed and the steel structure work is being undertaken. “Forty percent of the steel structure work is completed. We will soon launch the curtain wall work and then start the electro mechanical work,” Hailu said.

    Hailu said that various airport specialized equipment like baggage handling system, fire fighting system, boarding bridges and access control system are being manufactured and assembled in the UK and China. “After completing the curtain wall and roofing work we will start the electro mechanical work,” Hailu told The Reporter.

    The terminal will have a large shopping area, café and restaurants, business class lounges, IT center and offices.

    The expansion project is scheduled for completion for January 2018. Tsegaye Gebreab, deputy head of the expansion project office, told The Reporter that the passenger terminal expansion work is being undertaken in accordance with international airport construction standards. “The terminal can withstand earthquakes and fire accidents to a certain degree. The quality of all the construction materials is inspected. For instance, the building blocks are fire rated in China,” Tsegaye said.

    Wondim Teklu, communication director with EAE, told The Reporter that when completed the terminal will be able to comfortably handle the growing passenger traffic for ten years. Wondim believes that the expansion project will make the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport one of the leading airports in Africa. The passenger traffic is growing at a rate of 22 percent on average. The domestic passenger traffic alone is growing by 22 percent, yearly. “This is directly related to the country’s fast economic growth. The expansion project would augment the growth of the national airline,” Wondim said.

    Currently, EAE is undertaking five airport development projects in the regional towns. The enterprise would soon inaugurate Semera, Jinka, Shire, and Robe airport projects.  “The private airlines engaged in general aviation sector can also benefit from the ongoing airport development projects in the country,” Wondim said.

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  • Ethiopia saves 2.6 billion birr form fertilizer purchase

    • Moroccan company to supply 70 percent of the fertilizer demand

    The Ethiopian Agricultural Business Corporation on Thursday announced that it saved 2.6 billion birr from fertilizer purchase for the 2017 harvest year.

    Briefing local reporters in his office CEO of Ethiopian Agricultural Business Corporation, Kefyalew Berhnau, said that the corporation, which was established a year ago amalgamating five state enterprises, has purchased 936,430,000 tons of fertilizer at a cost of 290 million dollars (6.4 billion birr). Compared to last year’s purchase the corporation saved 119 million dollars (2.6 billion birr). Kefyalew said the cost reduction was achieved by making amendments on the procurement procedure, increasing efficiency in procurement, bank procedures (letter of credit process) and bidding process.

    Kefyalew said previously the government used to buy different fertilizers through agents. However, the Ethiopian Agricultural Business Corporation amended the bid document and allowed fertilizer manufacturers to directly participate in the bid. “This has enabled us to get better or lower prices. We also floated the tender early. We hired transporters through open bid that haul the fertilizer from ports to different parts of the country. So, by allowing producers to participate in the bid and increasing our efficiency we managed to save 119 million dollars. The fuel price decline has also contributed to the cost reduction,” Kefyalew said.

    According to Kefylaew farmers would get the fertilizer with lower prices this year. “Farmers would have 250-300 birr discount per quintal of fertilizer. This is a big amount,” he said.

    Kefyalew pointed out the need to cut down the long supply chain in the fertilizer market to secure the products at lower prices.

    Eighty five percent of the Ethiopian 100 million population depend on farming. Last year the Ethiopian government purchased 852,400,000 tons of fertilizer valued at 385 million dollars. The price does not include transportation, bank and insurance costs.

    This year the Ethiopian Agricultural Business Corporation would buy a total of 1.2 million tons of fertilizer at a cost of 400 million dollars (nine billion birr). The fertilizer demand is on average growing at a rate of 20 percent. Out of the total 1.2 million tons of fertilizer required this year 935,430 tons has been already purchased through an open international tender.

    Urea (350,000 tons), NPs (193,000 tons), NPS Boron (338,000 tons) and NPS Zinc and Boron (54,430 tons) were purchased. The remaining amount will also be purchased once the corporation opened letter of credits.

    Kefyalew told The Reporter that the Moroccan fertilizer giant, OCP, would supply 70 percent of the country’s fertilizer demand. The remaining 30 percent is bought from various international fertilizer producers.

    Global leader in the phosphate industry, OCP Group, has partnered with the Ethiopian government aiming to build a 2.5-billion-dollar fertilizer plant in the eastern part of Ethiopia, near Dire Dawa town. Stretched on 100 acres of land, the plant would have an annual production capacity of 2.6 million tons of fertilizer.   

    Kefyalew said that at the moment two vessels are unloading fertilizer at the Port of Djibouti and the third Vessel carrying fertilizer will soon arrive in Djibouti. He said due to the congestion at Djibouti port the government of Ethiopia is looking at alternative ports. “We are looking at Port Berbera of Somaliland and Port Sudan. Particularly Port Sudan is viable to import fertilizer to the northern part of our country,” Kefyalew said.

    As part of this effort a vessel carrying 50,000 tons of fertilizer will arrive at Port Sudan in the coming few days.

    Kefyalew said that the country would continue importing fertilizer until it builds its own fertilizer plants. “The government is looking at various options. One of the options is attracting foreign fertilizer giants who have interest in investing in partnerships or by themselves. There is also an initiative to build fertilizer factories locally by the government,” Kefyalew said.

     The Ethiopian Chemicals Corporation is tasked with building five fertilizer plants. However, Kefyalew said the main contractor, the Ethiopian Metals and Engineering Corporation, did not advance the project as planned.

    Source:Ethiopian Reporter

     

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  • Ethiopian Takes Delivery of Ninth B787 Dubbed Great Wall of China

    Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has received its ninth 787 Dreamliner, dubbed "Great Wall of China", on 3 August 2014.

    Ethiopian, an aircraft technology leader in Africa, was the first outside Japan to receive the ultramodern aircraft back in August 2012 and currently operates the largest 787 fleet in the continent.

    "For almost seven decades, Ethiopian has been playing a pioneering role in African aviation by providing its esteemed customers the most technologically advanced aircraft the industry has to offer. The 787 is our core fleet on our fast expanding mid and long range routes. In China alone, we operate this aircraft in our daily flights to Beijing in combination with the 777, Shanghai and now to Hong Kong with the delivery of this 9th 787. In addition to China, Ethiopian 787 flies to India, Europe, the US, Brazil and Africa. Going forward, we will continue to expand our 787 destinations with the aim of providing to our esteemed customers the ultimate on-board comfort", said Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines Group.

    Ethiopian 787 offers unique features, which enhance passenger comfort such as greatly reduced noise, higher cabin humidity, biggest windows in the sky, lighting adaptable to the outside environment, wider aisles, more headroom and more seating flexibility.

    Ethiopian is a Pan-African global carrier with the youngest fleet in the continent with an average age of less than 7 years and currently serves 82 international destinations across 5 continents with over 200 daily departures.

    source: ethiopianairlines.com

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