ADB SAFEGATE revamps runway at Goma International Airport


ADB SAFEGATE has redeveloped Goma International Airport's runway in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The company was selected as the preferred partner to carry out the runway transformation project after a round of selection of bidders and traders registered with the United Nations (UN).

ADB SAFEGATE CEO Christian Onselaere said: “As a long-time partner of the UN, we worked with them from the initiative phase to ensure the solutions offered to Goma International Airport matched its every need.

“We provided support to secure financing, and our team worked endlessly to deliver and install a state-of-the-art intelligent lighting system to ensure safe and efficient operations and flexibility to optimise capacity and throughput.”

"Our team worked endlessly to deliver and install a state-of-the-art intelligent lighting system to ensure safe and efficient operations and flexibility to optimise capacity and throughput."

In 2002, the airport was overrun with lava and ashes after a volcanic eruption that covered about one-third of the main runway.

This hindered large aircraft from landing on the runway thereby affecting daytime operations, while night-time operations were disrupted due to damage caused to the ground lighting.

During the first phase of the project, the company delivered new airfield lighting systems, generators, floodlights, control systems, constant current regulators (CCRs) and commissioning services to ensure accuracy for installed systems.

ADB SAFEGATE is currently carrying out the second phase works, which include the incorporation of a stop bar using the company’s Individual Lamp Monitoring and Control System (ILCMS) in combination with Airfield Smart Power (ASP) addressable airfield lighting technology.

The new stop bar will reduce congestion on the taxiway, helping to minimise the risk of runway incursions, shorten taxi time, and save fuel.

With the installation of the new airfield ground lighting (AGL) system, nine out of 54 aerodromes have been re-equipped.