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MegaProject 429: Jamaica launches new invitation for Pre-Qualification for International Airport

🕔 March 31, 2015

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The Government of Jamaica (GOJ), through the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing (MTWH), has launched a new invitation for pre-qualification for the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) concession.

International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is advising the GOJ as lead advisor on the structuring and implementation of the project. The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), the GOJ's Privatization Agency and PPP Unit are co-advisors and secretariat for the transaction.

An invitation to pre-qualified was launched on 1 December 2014, the process has been terminated by the GOJ to effect an administrative modification to the prequalification documents. Interested investors who submitted a pre-qualification application may choose to: notify DBJ in writing that they whish previously submitted documents be considered for the new process, submit new documents or withdraw from the process (for further details see pre-qualification announcement by clicking on the link below).

The airport is located on the Palisadoes tombolo in outer Kingston Harbour; it fronts the city on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other. There are over 130 international flights a week that depart from the airport.

NMIA is currently operated under a 30-year concession agreement signed in 2003 between NMIA Airports Ltd., the current concessionaire, and Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ). During the same period, AAJ also initiated a 20-year master plan to upgrade and expand NMIA. The first master plan was prepared in 2004 and was updated in 2013. To date, AAJ has invested approximately US$142 million in the upgrading of NMIA, including construction of a new departure terminal, a cargo terminal, and airside improvements.

The winning bidder will complete the modernization of NMIA envisaged by AAJ and improve its efficiency under a new long term concession arrangement. The existing concession contract will be terminated and replaced by a new concession contract between AAJ, as grantor, and the winning bidder.

The project involves the development, finance, operate and maintain of the airport. The GOJ's key objectives include:

  • enhancing the competitive positioning of NMIA;
  • increasing service quality standards and improving operational efficiency in line with international best practices;
  • leveraging private sector investment to improve facilities and operations;
  • monetizing the optimal value of the airport asset.

Interested parties must submit their qualification documents on or before 17 April 2015.

See pre-qualification announcement:

To download pre-qualification documents:

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