Bauerfield emergency repairs


Progress on the reparation of Port Vila’s Bauerfield airport has gained some momentum despite poor
weather conditions over the weekend starting on March 10th.
The overall construction program remains undelayed with the New Zealand Contractors fully committed
to working within their contractual period of 56-days.
So far 72% of the runway has undergone surface enrichment sprayed treatment (SEST) with the remaining
areas recommencing after Easter, accommodating an increase in flight movements over the holiday
period.
Crack sealing has been performed to 40% of the project area and all paint markings have been reinstated.
The Contractor, together with members of Airports Vanuatu Ltd, the Vanuatu Government, the Pacific
Aviation Investment Programme and Air Vanuatu have been working collaboratively to identify
operational windows which enable works to proceed with minimal disruptions to aircraft operations.
The runway was closed on Thursday March 17th – with all ATR flights being replaced with Twin Otter
movements on the grass runway, enabling construction works to proceed uninterrupted.
Similar operational restrictions will be implemented in coming weeks for works to take place in critical
operational areas.
Currently, Fulton Hogan are conducting various tests on the runway, as well as testing of the quality of
the sand that can be sourced locally.
All materials to be used as part of the emergency repair works have now been manufactured and are
either on island, or being shipped.
Cold mix asphalt tests and production trials have been successfully carried out in New Zealand prior to
shipment. The next shipment of materials, such as cold mix asphalt, are bound to reach Vanuatu on 28th
of March.

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