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Domestic Airports Upgrading Components, STIDP [Loan No 1451 NEP (SF)]

Client: Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN)
Funding Agency: Asian Development Bank
Period: December, 1998 to August 2002
Consulting Association: GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd, Mr. & Mrs. ML Kayastha & Associates JV
Approx. Value of Services: Total NRs 13.6 million, GEOCE’s part- NRs 11.56 million
Professional Staff Input: National (79) person months

Salient Details

CAAN undertook upgrading of six domestic airports-Biratnagar, Lukla, Pokhara, Bharatpur, Jomsom and Jumla airports under ADB funded Second Tourism Infrastructure Development Project (STIDP). The Project cost was about US$ 8.6 million.

The consulting services were for design, preparation of bid documents of airport upgrading works at Biratnagar, Lukla, Jomsom and Jumla airports and construction supervision of upgrading works at Biratnagar Airport and advisory support to CAAN for implementation of airport upgrading works at Lukla, Jomsom and Jumla airports. The design of upgrading works at Biratnagar airport included rehabilitation and strengthening of runway, taxiway and apron pavements (total about 66,000 sqm) with asphalt concrete, improvement of runway strips, drainage and water supply and improvement of Basta Nala along airport to alleviate flooding. Similarly, design of upgrading works at other three airports (Lukla, Jomsom and Jumla) included master planning; design of geometry improvement, surface improvement to bituminous standard with frost – resistant asphalt concrete pavement for runways, taxiway and apron (total about 60,000 sqm), drainage improvement, river training (of Kaligandaki River at Jomsom airport) and new terminal buildings and control towers at Lukla and Jomsom airports. The consultant provided construction supervision of upgrading works at Biratnagar airport and advisory support to CAAN in the implementation of above upgrading works at Lukla, Jomsom and Jumla airports.

The project scope included design of following buildings:

  • Architectural, structural, electrical and sanitary design of new terminal building (floor area 1,020 m2) and control tower (floor area 256 m2) at Lukla Airport
  • Architectural, structural, electrical and sanitary design of new terminal building with control tower (CT) (floor area 1,500 m2) at Jomsom Airport

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Development and Implementation of Additional Infrastructures of Tribhuvan International Airport as per TIA Master Plan 2015 (Design and Construction Supervision)

Client: Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN)
Funding Agency: CAAN
Period: September 2008 to June 2012
Consulting Association: GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd, JOSHI Associates JV
Approx. Value of Services: Total NRs 15.92 million, GEOCE’s part- NRs 10.35 million
Professional Staff Input: National (120) person months, GEOCE’s part (110) person months

Salient Details

The Project was to develop additional infrastructures as per TIA Master Plan 2015 to enhance operational capacity of TIA. The consulting assignment was divided into two phases. Phase I: Design Phase comprised design of additional infrastructures – expansion of international apron (second phase); expansion and strengthening of domestic apron; aircraft maintenance base, hangar area and exit taxiways; and temporary domestic terminal building – divided into 4 packages. The cost estimates of these packages were US$ 24 million. This pahse also included preparation of pre-qualification and bid documents. Phase II: Construction Phase comprised of construction supervision of two packages of works (i) Package 1: Expansion of International Aircraft Apron (First Phase) and Equipment Yard  comprising site development, cement concrete pavement, drainage, electrical and other associated works (grease removal and repair of joint sealants from existing apron and equipment stand), NCB contract, FIDIC ; and (ii) Package 2: Runway and Taxiway Overlays comprising hot mix asphalt concrete resurfacing overlays of runway (3050×60 m) and 5 taxiways (total 85,000 sqm), ICB Contract, FIDIC. Total cost of the works contract was about US$ 4.5 million.

The project included design of following building:

  • Architectural, structural, MEP design of temporary terminal building (floor area 8,300 m2). Abundance of natural ventilation and light was emphasized in design.  

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Detail Design and Construction Supervision, Air Transport Capacity Enhancement Project (ADB Loan No 2581-NEP (SF) & Grant No. 0181-NEP (SF)

Client: Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN)
Funding Agency: Asian Development Bank
Period: April 2010 to June 2017
Consulting Association: Japan Airport Consultants Inc., GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd
Approx. Value of Services: JAC’s – US$ 3.68 million, GEOCE’s part- NRs 189.91 million
Professional Staff Input: International (120) and National (661) person months

Salient Details

The project will enhance safety and capacity at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and three remote domestic airports-Lukla, Rara and Simikot. TIA’s airfield side infrastructure will be reconfigured and upgraded to international safety standards including provision or construction of (i) about 1,400 meters (m) of new main taxiways and link taxiways, (ii) 300 meters of runway extension and construction of runway end safety area, (iii) new international apron (about 80,000 m2), (v) an uninterrupted power supply system for essential airfield and security area lights, (vi) CNS and ATM equipment, and (vii) upgrading of rescue and firefighting system. TIA’s terminal infrastructure will be reconfigured and expanded. Basic safety improvements at the three remote domestic airports include a visual approach guidance system (VAGS) and abbreviated precision approach path indicator (APAPI) at Lukla airport, and runway threshold identification and runway end lights, CNS/ATM and MET equipment at Simikot and Rara airports. The project cost is about US$ 92 million.  

The consulting services consisted of detail engineering design, procurement of works and equipment, project management assistance and construction supervision of airports upgrading/improvement works. The consulting services were provided in two phases: Design Phase (April to December 2012) and Construction Supervision Phase (September 2012 to March 2017).

The scope of work  included following buildings:

  • Architectural, structural, MEP design and construction supervision for (i) expansion and reconfiguration of international terminal building (departure gate 2000 m2, arrival bus station 240 m2, additional baggage claim 1200 m2, reconfiguration of departure area, check-in counters, immigrations, security check and passenger lounge);
  • Architectural, structural, MEP design of new Domestic Terminal Building (10,000 m2);
  • Architectural, structural and electrical design and construction supervision of Power Stations (P-1 expansion, P-2 relocation, generator house and pump house of water supply.

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Air Transport Project Preparatory Consultant, Transport Project Preparatory Facility (ADB Grant No. 0227-NEP (SF))

Client: Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) 
Funding Agency: Asian Development Bank
Period: November 2015 to October 2017
Consulting Association: ADP Ingenierie, GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd, PT Osana International, ATDMPL
Approx. Value of Services: Total US$ 5.35 million, GEOCE’s part- NRs 69.5 million
Professional Staff Input: International (101) and National (290) person months. GEOCE’s part 224 person months

Salient Details

Transport Project Preparatory Facility Project aims to enhance transport connectivity through improved efficiency in air transport. The project comprises detail design of the air transport project and capacity development support for the preparation and implementation of PPP projects in air transport sector.

The scope of consulting services was to review and update current master plan (2010-2028) of TIA; to carry out detail engineering design of airside and landslide infrastructures for ultimate development plan (2028) and preparation of bidding documents for procurement of works and equipment; and to assist CAAN to undertake public-private partnership project in the air transport sector.

The project included design of various buildings:

  • Architectural, structural, MEP design of (i) new International Terminal Building, 3 levels, floor area 103,160 m2,  capacity 7 MPax; (ii) Nepal Airlines Hangar, floor area 10,606 m2 ; (iii) Nepal Army Hangar, floor area 9,076 m2 and (iv) new VVIP Building, floor area 800 m2 .
  • Architectural, mechanical and electrical design for conversion of existing international terminal building (22,000 m2) to domestic terminal building.
  • Architectural, structural, electrical and  sanitary design of 42 types, total 108 buildings, aggregate floor area 75,120 m2) for relocation of Nepal Army Establishments to east side of the airport. The buildings comprise of offices, canteen, quarters, gymnasium, stores, workshops etc for Air Defense Unit, Explosive Ordinance Division, Engineering Division and Aviation Division.

Architectural, structural and electrical design of expansion of Cargo Terminal (2,145 m2).

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