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Bouygues and Colas sign $300m deal for Arctic airport

15 Oct 13 Bouygues Building Canada and Colas subsidiary Sintra have signed a contract to carry out extensive improvements at Iqaluit International Airport, in the Arctic North of Canada.

The public-private partnership covers the financing, design and construction of a new air terminal, along with operation and maintenance for a period of 34 years. The total funding requirement of the project stands at approximately CA$300m (£181m).

Bouygues Building Canada and Sintra will be responsible for designing and building the 10,000m² terminal and a new combined services building of 4,500m², as well as extending and refurbishing roughly 400,000m² of runways and parking areas for planes. The total value of the works to Bouygues Building Canada and Sintra will be CA$229m.

The project will increase the capacity of Iqaluit Airport, which plays a strategic role for both civil and military aviation, as air travel is the only form of transport that operates throughout the year. It will serve a territory the size of Western Europe but that has no road network to link its 25 communities.

The project schedule is complex, because it has to take into account the difficult climate conditions and the short window in which it is possible to deliver materials, between July and October, when the sea is not frozen.

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The project has been designed to be energy efficient. It will include combined heat and power production, and is aiming for LEED Silver certification. The contract also calls for a training and employment programme directed towards the Inuit population. The works, which will see 140 employees active onsite at peak periods, will begin in spring 2014, with handover planned for December 2017.

Olivier-Marie Racine, chairman and CEO of Bouygues Bâtiment International, said: “Bouygues Construction is entering a new stage of its development in North America, with its first airport project on the continent.”

This is nothing new for Colas, however. ColasCanada president Jacques Michel said: “Established in Canada since the 1960s, ColasCanada has shown its know-how in constructing airport infrastructures under extremely challenging logistical and meteorological conditions. In particular, ColasCanada has carried out works at Hay River and Yellowknife airports in the Northwest Territories.”

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