Construction of Terminal Three at the Julius Nyerere Airport (JNIA) in Tanzania is almost complete. This is according to Engineers Registration Board (ERB) Vice-Chairperson, Ms Gemma Modu.
Ms Modu further clarified that the project is 70% complete with total completion of the project expected in May 2019. Initially, the project had been planned for commissioning in December this year, but challenges to do with importation of quality construction material led to the opening date being pushed to later next year.
Progress and completion
“The time of project completion has extended due to various challenges including availability of quality construction materials which are bought from abroad. It takes time for the materials to arrive in the country. Time of shifting from one phase to another also affected the project,” said Ms Gemma Modu.
Speaking in Dar es Salaam during the ERB team project tour to assess the progress, Ms Modu addressed challenges and achievements of the project.
As a result of the delay, construction cost of the project has also gone up. According to ERB Quantity Surveyor and Board Director, Samuel Marwa, the project will now cost US $37.3m more than the initial cost of US $249.2m.
Located about 12 km from the city centre, The Julius Nyerere Airport has flights to destinations in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East and has been named after the nation’s first president, Julius Nyerere.