Chinese firm signs $1.2bn Khartoum airport deal
Chinese firm to build new Khartoum international airport
A state-owned Chinese firm has won a $1.2billion contract to build Khartoum's new international airport.
The China Harbour Engineering Company said in a statement late Monday that the contract, signed in Khartoum, Sudan on 1 February, was worth $1.2 billion dollars.
The project, which covers the construction of the new airport’s runway, airline terminals, control towers and other key facilities, will replace Khartoum’s existing airport located in the centre of the capital.
“Upon completion, the new airport will greatly upgrade the internationalisation of Khartoum,” said the firm, a subsidiary of the majority state-owned contracting giant China Communications Construction Company.
China, a key supporter of Khartoum and top buyer of Sudan's oil, has invested heavily in its infrastructure and oil industry, filling a gap left by the exit of Western firms after US sanctions linked to the Darfur conflict.