China CAMC Engineering has completed the construction of an apron at Pokhara International Airport in Nepal.
Work on the apron, which covers an area of 5,519m², started two years ago.
Pokhara Airport project engineer Krishna Prasad Poudel told Kathmandu Post: “After the completion of the apron, we are working on the runway, taxiway and other infrastructure of the project. As of now, we have achieved 30% physical progress.”
Pokhara Airport will feature a 2,500m-long and 45m-wide runway, which will allow it to manage aircraft including the Airbus A320, Boeing 737 and Boeing 757.
The airport will also construct a 1,200m-long and 23m-wide taxiway that will connect the runway with parking bays, hangars, and terminals.
Poudel told the publication that 40% of the runway has been constructed and the entire runway will be ready within one and a half months. The taxiway will be ready within the next three months.
The airport will house a 10,000m² international terminal building and a 4,000m² domestic terminal building.
China CAMC Engineering was awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract for the airport in May 2014.
The Nepalese government secured a $215.96m loan from China EXIM Bank in March 2016 for the construction of the airport, with the foundation stone laid by prime minister KP Sharma Oli in April 2016.
CAMC Engineering will have to deliver the airport project by July 2021 under the agreement.
According to the work plan, the contractor will complete 60% of the airport by 2019 and the rest by 2020.
China CAMC Engineering public relations officer Krishna Chapagain told the publication that the company is looking to complete the project six months before the deadline.
Nearly 250 Nepali and 200 Chinese workers have been employed on the construction site to date.