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Invitation for Bids

New Gwadar International Airport

Design, construction, operation and maintenance of 0.3 million gallons per day (MGD) Seawater Desalination Plant


Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) invites sealed bids from national/international (Chinese only under Rule 5 of Public Procurement Regulatory Authority - PPRA) contractors/firms/joint ventures on Engineering, Procurement and Construction)/turnkey contract basis for Design, Construction, Operation & Maintenance of 0.3 million gallons per day (MGD) Seawater Desalination Plant for new Gwadar International Airport.

In October 26 newspaper:

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Test Flights at New Gwadar International Airport to Start from March 23, 2023

Dec 12, 2022

MUSHTAQ GHUMMAN

ISLAMABAD:
Test flights will commence at New Gwadar International Airport (NGIA) on March 23, 2023 but some delay is expected in completion of project scheduled for July 2023, sources close to Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives told Business Recorder.

This update was shared at a recent meeting on Gwadar projects presided over by the Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Ahsan Iqbal.

According to sources, Chinese side committed to overcome the delays and to conduct the test flights on the agreed date of March 23, 2023. The sources said, 78 percent progress work on air side has been completed, on navigation by 47 per cent, ATC tower by 52 per cent, terminal building by 32 per cent, and other buildings by 22 percent.

According to sources package-1 includes power supply and fence, security system, with 12 per cent progress. Regarding Package-2 (PCCA residential complex), a Letter of Acceptance (LoA) was issued on November 23, 2022. However, agreement signing date is December 23, 2022.

The financial bids of Package -3 (ASF camp), were opened on November 15, 2022 and are under evaluation of NESPAK. The bid opening date of desalination plant of CAA (0.3 MGD) is December 15, 2022. Three Chinese and two Pakistani companies have submitted their bids. PCAA has initiated case for allocation of Rs 2 billion which is under process.

Minister for Planning reiterated the Prime Minister’s directives to conduct the soft-opening of the airport by March 23, 2023 and completion by July 31, 2023.

The Aviation Division noted that the Chinese contractor is agreeable to follow the timeline for soft-opening; however, project completion by July 2023 was not possible.
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Satellite image of under construction new Gwadar International Airport.

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Runway length 12,000 feet.

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Length of current Gwadar International Airport Runway 06/24 is 6,500 feet.

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Passenger terminal building and apron of the under construction new Gwadar International Airport.

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Runway of the under construction new Gwadar International Airport.

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New Gwadar International Airport - artist's impression

According to news reports:

More than 55% of new Gwadar International Airport construction project works completed. First test flight to/from the new airport expected on Pakistan Day - March 23, 2023.

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All this just for 2-3 weekly flights to KHI on ATR. New airport better be used by Chinese Airlines at least.
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New Gwadar International Airport in actual project construction photos appears to have typical regional/domestic airport size modern terminal building and apron with a single runway and taxiway.

Runway capable of handling jet flight operations likely to see operation of regional jet passenger flights and cargo jet flights especially to/from China for the development of Gwadar city.

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New Gwadar International Airport is being prepared for the operation of first test flight to & from the airport in March this year.

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In Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2022-23 seven-month period July 2022 to January 2023:

PKR 2 billion allocated for new Gwadar International Airport project.

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New Gwadar International Airport passenger terminal building.

Safety checks conducted at new Gwadar International Airport.

Operation of first test flight to & from new Gwadar International Airport expected on March 23 - Pakistan Day.

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The airport seems to be far from complete. I doubt that it can be ready by March 23rd.
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March 23 test flight most likely to demonstrate readiness of new Gwadar International Airport runway for aircraft landing & takeoff.

Airport expected to become fully operational for commercial flights later this year after completion of project's remaining work.

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This airport would be used more by Chinese airlines than Pakistani airlines.
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Looking at pics, just single runway with no parallel taxiway? Means back tracking on runway for landing and take off. So can’t be expecting many aircrafts.
Also, you would think it be a380 ready.

Just hope it’s kept maintained and disciplined . Great job so far looking at pics. Maybe a start of new aviation industry in Pakistan, be it under Chinese influence, who cares, atleast its progress in Pakistan, maybe we can learn from them.
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Under-construction new Gwadar International Airport.

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