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Songo Songo Airstrip Rehabilitation Project

The Problem

Due to quality control issues during previous works, the existing runway, taxiway and apron produce large amounts of Foreign Object Debris (FOD) and do not comply with the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as well as the aviation regulations set out by Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA). Another issue is the development of ruts, particularly in the landing zone, and almost complete degradation in some parts of the apron.

Our Role

SMEC was engaged by Songas Limited, a private energy investor, to review previous engineering design reports and undertake cost estimation, tender evaluation and construction supervision for the rejuvenation of Songo Songo’s airport runway, taxiway and parking apron. Following this review, SMEC provided a more efficient design which was significantly more cost effective and led to re-design and construction being included in the scope of works.

Key Benefits

The airport is essential to the ongoing operations of gas production on Songo Songo Island. The gas is pumped to Dar Es Salaam where it is converted into electricity. The airport is also used for evacuation purposes in an emergency and to fly sick people to Dar es Salaam where there are reliable health facilities. Without the option of air travel, the only means of transport available to communities on Songo Songo Island (locally known as Mashua) is local boats, which takes two days to reach Dar es Salaam.

Technical Area:
Transport - Airports
Songas Limited

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