Cavotec to provide ground support equipment to Kotoka International Airport

1 March 2012 (Last Updated March 1st, 2012 04:35)

Cavotec has won an order to supply advanced ground support equipment for Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra, Ghana.

Cavotec has won an order to supply advanced ground support equipment for Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra, Ghana.

The order, secured by one of the company's four airport Centres of Excellence (CoE), together with PW Ghana for the manufacture, is for the supply and incorporation of a whole fuel hydrant system at KIA.

Cavotec said that the order will be an important part of Phase III expansion at KIA, funded by the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

Ghana Minister of Finance, Kwabena Duffour, said that he expects the KIA improvement project "will create further opportunities for the expansion of flights in and out of Accra and seal Ghana's status as the 'Gateway to West Africa'."

As per the contract, Cavotec will provide full installation management of a new fuel hydrant loop at the airport, including fuel hydrant pits (low point, isolation valve and future connection pits), feeder, remote, passenger apron, bay zero and cargo arpon line and a cathodic protection system.

Cavotec Dabico managing director, Gary Matthews, said: "Cavotec will manufacture, supply and supervise the installation of the new fuel hydrant system, which fits into the on-going expansion at Kotoka International."

Matthews continued: "The order includes full integration, on-site mission and quality control. We are working closely with our partners around the world to provide made-to-order complete system integration."

Cavotec's ground support equipment is currently operational across Africa, including Kenya, Nairobi, Senegal and widely in South Africa.

KIA is Ghana's exclusive international airport comprising domestic, international and freight terminals being served by airlines including Alitalia, British Airways, Delta, KLM Royal Dutch, Lufthansa, TAP-Portugal, United and Virgin Atlantic.

According to a 2011 feasibility study conducted by the US-based LPA group, KIA is estimated to require $405m for infrastructure development to boost its passenger handling capacity to 5.2 million and 49,325t of freight by 2013.