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Hoima Based Kabaale International Airport Nears Completion

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Construction of Kabaale International Airport in Hoima City will be completed in February next year, SBC Uganda Ltd, the contractor of Uganda’s second international airport has assured government.

The Airport whose construction started in 2018 is 200 kilometers by air from the country’s major Entebbe International airport and 33 kilometers by road from Hoima City.

The airport’s 3500m runway is 95% complete while the terminal buildings and other systems are 78% complete.

The first phase of the airport project is designed to support the import of equipment for oil and gas companies.

The second phase will include an expanded passenger terminal to support tourism.

The airport is designed to handle the largest cargo planes in the industry.

According to SBC, the apron can host four such aircraft at once and the first phase ended in April 2022.

From the onset of Covid-19, which slowed down the work, it was discovered that there were other issues, including the terrain and other factors that challenged the project.

According to SBC Uganda Ltd, these delay factors had not been anticipated during the contract-awarding process.

To this basis, Amos Muriisa, the spokesperson of SBC Uganda Ltd, said the project will be completed by February 2023.

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According to Muriisa, the construction for housing airport operators as well as the finish of the control tower shall also be done in the next four months. However, there is fear for hundreds of Ugandans, including several locals from surrounding communities, who will soon lose employment when the project is completed.

Muriisa also adds that those who will be laid off are being advised to adjust so that they are taken up by other construction projects expected in the area. The oil and gas processing facilities, the EACOP, the refinery, and the airport, are expected to create new jobs, which will help the laid-off workers have other employment opportunities.

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After four years of participating in the airport construction project, the workers have developed enough capacity to take up opportunities in other projects, private or government-owned, Muriisa said

At the start of the project, SBC Uganda Ltd was accused of employing more foreigners and Ugandans from outside the Albertine region, which allegedly was a violation of the National and Local Content Policy

However, Muriisa defends SBC by saying that it was hard to find people from the local communities who had the specific skills required by the magnitude and complexity of the work. He says that with help from technical training institutes in the area, many had their skills upgraded and got employed.

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