Work has officially begun on the upgrading of the runway at Colombo International Airport in Sri Lanka, including pavement rehabilitation and airfield ground lighting upgrading works.
NACO, a company of Royal HaskoningDHV is responsible for the supervision of all construction works on behalf of the Airport Authorities of Sri Lanka (AASL), working within a joint venture with local partner Engineering Consultants Limited (ECL).
The Minister of Transport, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva officially kick-started the project on January 6th, and construction is expected to be complete by April 6th 2017. All works have to be conducted within an 8-hour period each day, after which the runway opens again to air traffic.
Fer Mooren, Leading Professional Airside at NACO commented: “As the main international airport for Sri Lanka and with just one runway, this is a high profile, high-pressured project which is vital to sustaining its future.
“All construction works are taking place simultaneously in order to maximise efficiency during the strict construction window, with three teams working on replacing all lighting, widening of runway shoulders, and laying two new layers of asphalt to resurface the runway. Our duty is to ensure that all works are completed in a safe and compliant manner so that the airport functions as planned during this construction period.”
The construction team is expected to complete work on 200m of the 3,500m-long runway each day. Once the upgrading of the runway is completed, the teams will then move across to work on the resurfacing and upgrading of the parallel taxiway.
NACO has a long-standing relationship with Colombo Airport, having designed and supervised construction of the original runway in the mid-1980s alongside partner ECL.