The Chinese company has landed a contract with government to take on the Lauriston Airport upgrade and expansion project as well as a project to upgrade and improve the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) on the mainland.
A release from CHEC said that the company has already mobilised its engineers, who are currently on the ground in Carriacou, doing the required geo-technical surveys and studies for the project.
“These geo-technical studies aim to answer questions related to the length and direction of the runway, the placement of aircraft aprons, the terminal building and the fire station etc”, it added.
“CHEC has already rented living quarters for its project engineers in Carriacou and is in the process of fabricating its site office, which will serve as the point of contact between the company and the local community”, it said.
The release noted that government was planning to have the LIAT 72-seater fly into Carriacou but that aeronautical studies are being conducted to determine whether the runway will be able to accommodate aircraft of that size.
According to the release, the aeronautical studies will take into consideration wind direction and speed; elements which will have direct impact on flight landing and takeoff.
Last Thursday, a team of experts from the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) located in Antigua, visited Grenada and held meetings with officials from Government, the Airport Authority, China Harbour and other direct stakeholders.
A notable presence at these meetings was Lin Linsheng; a world famous Chinese expert in the area of airport design and construction.
Lin was hired by CHEC to lend his over 40 years experience to the process and to assure Government that the Chinese company would spare no resources in ensuring that the best expertise are available for the airport projects.
The CHEC release also quoted Parliamentary Representative for Carriacou and Petite Martinique, Elvin Nimrod as telling the company that the Lauriston Airport project will provide easier access for travel to and from Grenada.
“…It will allow aircrafts to land during the night, it will allow passengers from international flights to come to Carriacou immediately and very importantly it will open up the door for investment and expansion in the tourism and agricultural industry”, Nimrod said.
The island’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Legal Affairs, also expressed delight with the employment opportunities; the project is expected to create in his constituency.
“It has been a quite while since Carriacou has had a project of this magnitude” the Minister said, adding that, “the direct and indirect spin-offs will benefit the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique tremendously”.