German firm wins tender for JKIA terminal

Fire engines at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on August 7, 2013. FILE
Fire engines at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on August 7, 2013. FILE  

German firm Röder HTS Höcker has won the tender to build a temporary terminal at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi.

Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) said on its Twitter account that the interim passenger facility would operate for between five and seven years as a new Sh55 billion terminal is set up.

“KAA has signed a contract with Röder HTS Höcker for the construction of an interim passenger terminal at JKIA. The interim passenger terminal at JKIA is part of efforts to boost the capacity of the facility,” read KAA’s tweet.

The prefabricated terminal is expected to be ready by March after KAA said that it had tendered for the equipment in October.

The 10,000 square metre temporary terminal will boost capacity at JKIA by 2.5 million passengers annually or 6,850 people per day and is expected to cost $27.6 million (Sh2.37 billion).

Airport fire

In October, the African Development Bank approved a Sh2.3 billion ($2.71 million) loan for the construction of the terminal, with the Kenyan government expected to meet the difference of Sh42 million.

The terminal is a stop-gap measure following a fire that gutted down part of JKIA in August. Tenders for the temporary facility closed in October with Röder HTS Höcker and Catic of China among the bidders.

Röder HTS Höcker specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of temporary and semi-permanent tent systems, including temporary airports. It has built similar terminals in Algeria, Libya and Equatorial Guinea’s second largest airport Bata.

On Tuesday KAA invited bids for demolition of the building which was affected by the fire. AfDB also approved a Sh86 million grant to help KAA enhance airport security at the airport.