Supporting new Bugesera International Airport in Rwanda


Ramboll Environ has undertaken an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and will prepare a resettlement action plan on behalf of the Bugesera Airport Company Limited (BAC) for a new airport to serve Rwanda, East Africa.

BAC is a joint venture between the Rwandan government and Mota-Engil Engenharia e Construção SA, whose parent company is Mota-Engil Group, the largest Portuguese construction company. Ramboll Environ has extensive experience in the aviation sector as well as in international impact assessment.

The first phase of the development will involve the construction of the new airport on a 2,500 hectare site in the Bugesera district to the south of the capital of Kigali. Initially it will serve 1.8 million passengers per annum expanding to 2.5 million by 2030.

A team of experts from the UK, South Africa, France and Denmark undertook environmental and social baseline surveys and assessments to prepare an ESIA report, stakeholder engagement plan and environmental and social management plans. A resettlement action plan is also due to be prepared.

Project director Denise Wright, (Principal, London, UK) said, “We are thrilled that Bugesera Airport Company Limited gave us the opportunity to work on this exciting project. The new airport will be a huge boost for Rwanda, enhancing its economic growth and helping to make the country a hub for international tourism and trade.”

The project follows on from Ramboll Environ’s recently completed ESIA of the six-runway, 150 million passenger per annum Istanbul New Airport, phase one of which is expected to complete by the end of 2018, with it being fully operational by 2028. The airport is set to include the world’s largest terminal under one roof and will serve as Turkey’s primary airport, acting as a hub to connect flights between Europe and Asia.

For more information, contact Denise Wright


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