2017 Report details for project: St Helena Airport

Project name: St Helena Airport - there are 7 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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Organisation: DFID (D8) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2017 (data is from Sept 2016)
Category: Infrastructure - see all reports for this category
Description: The project aims to establish sustainable air services to St Helena to promote economic development and increased financial self-sufficiency, leading eventually to graduation from UK Government support. This will be done through the construction of an airport and the introduction of scheduled air services. The project also includes support to the operation of the airport for a period of ten years and the construction of a wharf. The project will put in place the necessary legal, regulatory and monitoring framework, and includes a series of reforms to be implemented by the St Helena Government to open up the island to inward investment and increased tourism.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Red
DCA text: In April 2016, a number of test flights experienced turbulence and wind shear on the northern approach to the runway. This led to a decision that further technical work was needed before scheduled commercial services could start. That technical work has been progressing over the last five months. We are assessing the possibility for landing into the southern approach to the runway (where wind shear is less of an issue). Discussions have been held with a number of interested air service providers and it is likely that a procurement exercise for a scheduled commercial service using the southern approach will be initiated in the coming months. In parallel, detailed modelling work on the wind conditions on the northern approach to the runway is ongoing. In the meantime, the Airport remains open; 8 flights have landed at the airport to date, 3 of which were for medical evacuations.
Start date: 2005-03-15
End date: 2026-08-31
Schedule text: The construction of the airport was completed on schedule with the airport receiving certification during May 2016. However, there has been a delay in starting commercial air services and aspects of the associated infrastructure are not complete
Baseline: £7.20m
Forecast: £11.50m
Variance: 60.00%
Variance text: The project has continued to incur capital costs to complete key aspects of the associated infrastructure including the Bulk Fuel Installation. The project costs remain within the approved budget.
Whole Life Cost: £445.45m
WLCost text: The whole life costs cover the 40 year design life of the airport. The costs are attributable to both the UK Government and St Helena Government; with UK Government commitment due to cease in 2026 after 10 years of airport operations. Areas of expenditure included when calculating the whole-life cost are: planning, design, construction, operations, maintenance, asset renewal and/or disposal. As the project is forecasting so far into the future (2046) there are high levels of uncertainty pertaining to some of the costs.
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Sourcefile: IPA_2017.csv

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