Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Hubert A Ingraham took part in the official groundbreaking ceremony for Lynden Pindling International Airport Expansion Project, July 9. Pictured from left spading the earth are NAD Chairman Frank Watson, Prime Minister Ingraham, Tourism & Aviation Minster Senator Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, and NAD President & CEO Craig Richmond. Also in the ceremony are Opposition Leader Perry G Christie and Cabinet Ministers.
Nassau, Bahamas – Bahamian firms are already benefiting from the airport redevelopment project, Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Hubert A Ingraham, confirmed during groundbreaking ceremony, July 9, at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA)
More than $10 million has been spent locally on various aspects of the design, engineering and consultation for the project, he said. And, more than $14.8 million in construction contracts have been awarded to Bahamian firms.
They include Alexiou & Associates, George V. Cox & Company, Graphite Engineering, Engineering Solutions & Consulting, Caribbean Civil Group, Engineering & Technical Services, Construction Cost Engineering, DHP Associates, Certified Testing Laboratories International, SEV Group, and Pinder’s Customs Brokerage.
Mr Ingraham said the terminal’s general contractor, Ledco, a Canadian firm, is planning for 73% of its labor requirements to be filled through local contractors.
Bahamian firms awarded major contracts for the first stage of the project include Reliable Fencing, Bahamas Hot Mix, Basden Elevators, Woslee Construction, Sentinel Drilling and Water Works, TMC Engineering Ltd.
“I am advised that a significant amount of the work awarded to international firms will be completed by Bahamian sub-contractors and labor,” he said.
Approximately 40 contracts are scheduled to be tendered in coming months, including sub-contracts to the terminal’s general contractor and direct contracts with NAD.
“Plans call for this first phase of the redevelopment project to open for passengers bound for US ports, beginning in the first quarter of 2011,” Mr Ingraham said.
Immediately thereafter, work is expected to begin on converting the existing US departure terminal into the new international terminal.
“Construction of the redevelopment of (LPIA) is expected to last for four years,” he said. “At the height of construction, approximately 400 persons will be engaged on the job site.
“Upon completion (LPIA) will provide the infrastructure our nation needs to prosper.”
Mr Ingraham said he is satisfied that when the new US terminal opens, it will be “one of the best and most modern airport facilities in this part of the world.