NEPAL. On 26th March, witnessed by Nepalese Prime Minister Deuba, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, officially handed over the “golden key” symbolizing the completion of Pokhara International Airport to Nepalese Foreign Minister Khadgar.
Ali, Nepalese Minister for Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, issued the project Completion Certificate to Li Haixin, General Manager of China CAMC Engineering Co., Ltd. (CAMCE), marking the completion of the five-year-long China-aided project for the construction of Nepal Pokhara International Airport.
Pokhara International Airport is an EPC project contracted by CAMCE with loans provided by the Export-Import Bank of China. It is an honor project of the Nepalese government, and also a key project of cooperation between the governments of China and Nepal under the “One Belt, One Road” initiative.
Beijing Jinghang’an Airport Engineering Co., Ltd., a strategic partner of ADB SAFEGATE, was the project general contractor for electromechanical engineering, undertaking a number of engineering projects covering airfield ground lighting (AGL), communication, navigation and air traffic control.Beijing Jinghang’an Airport Engineering Co., Ltd., a strategic partner of ADB SAFEGATE, was the project general contractor for electromechanical engineering, undertaking a number of engineering projects covering airfield ground lighting (AGL), communication, navigation and air traffic control.
Nepal is home to Mount Everest, the highest mountain peak in the world, and known for its high mountains and varying terrain. Located on the southern slope of the Himalayas, Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal and a famous scenic spot. The new, modernized international airport will greatly compensate for the inconvenience of its land transportation, and will bring a large number of international tourists, driving the economic development of Nepal.
The mountainous terrain surrounding the new airport makes it challenging for pilots to land or take off. Therefore, pilots rely heavily on high-quality visual guidance lighting at the airport.
As the global leader in airfield guidance lighting, ADB SAFEGATE has long provided a full range of AGL solutions for all airports in Nepal – and Pokhara Airport was no exception. ADB SAFEGATE China participated in the construction process since the project was launched in 2017 and provided AGL, CCRs, signs, ALCMS, approach masts, etc. covering a full range of products and services.
The construction period for the entire project was long, and the impact of Covid-19 over more than two years, made construction quite difficult. The Chinese team overcame these challenges, giving full play to its strong technical advantages and rich experience in international engineering. The team took advantage of the resources from ADB SAFEGATE and cooperated with Beijing Jinghang’an Airport Engineering Co., Ltd. winning wide praise from all parties, including the airport, for the delivery of high-quality products and services.
Leveraging a globalized product portfolio that meets ICAO and FAA standards, a strong technical service team and localized production at its Tianjin factory, ADB SAFEGATE China has actively responded to the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, cooperated with Chinese enterprises for international engineering, and participated in the construction of 23 airport projects in Africa, Asia and Oceania. ADB SAFEGATE China is devoted to the development of China’s foreign economic cooperation, helping Chinese companies go global, and making professional contributions to the take-off of global civil aviation.
In the future, ADB SAFEGATE China team will work hand in hand with more Chinese enterprises committed to going global and continue to contribute more to the development of global civil aviation and the construction of airport facilities.
Image source: Wang Zheng, project manager of Jinghang’an Overseas Project Department
ADB SAFEGATE is a leading provider of intelligent solutions that deliver superior airport performance from approach to departure. The company partners with airports and airlines to analyze their current setup and operations, identify bottlenecks, and jointly solve them using a consultative approach that enables airports to improve efficiency, enhance safety and environmental sustainability, and reduce operational costs. Our integrated portfolio includes solutions and services that harmonize airport performance, tackling every aspect of traffic handling and guidance, from approach, runway and taxiway lighting, to tower-based traffic control systems, and intelligent gate and docking automation. ADB SAFEGATE has more than 1200 employees in more than 20 countries and operates in more than 175 countries, serving more than 2,500 airports.