ABB announced recently that it has started construction of the R270 million Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, 25 km outside Nelspruit. The airport will be built, operated and owned by ABB, through its specialist airport management company, Primkop Airport Management (PAM).
Construction began with a ceremonial ground-breaking held at the site.
Carlos Poñe, President, ABB in South Africa, says: "The airport will provide a major boost for tourism and commerce in one of Africa's major wildlife attractions and in one of the fastest growing regions in the subcontinent." The company said this investment will contribute towards growth and sustainable development in South Africa.
The work will be performed mainly by South African companies. It is anticipated that up to 500 people will be employed at the peak of construction and about 100 during operation.
The company says that it expects the airport to be fully operational in the second half of 2002. The local Mbuyane community, which previously owned the land, has a 10% stake in the airport.
ABB recently completed the Athens International Airport in Greece and has worked on several other airports around the world - from Stockholm, Sweden, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Zurich, Switzerland, Hong Kong, China and Bangkok, Thailand.
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