2018 Report details for project: St Helena Airport

Project name St Helena Airport - there are 9 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
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Organisation DFID (D8) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year 2018 (data is from September 2017)
Category Infrastructure - see all reports for this category
Description: The project aims to establish sustainable air services to St Helena to promote economic development and increased financial self-sufficiency, leading eventually to graduation from UK Government support. This will be done through the construction of an airport and the introduction of scheduled air services. The project will put in place the necessary legal, regulatory and monitoring framework, and includes a series of reforms to be implemented by the St Helena Government to open up the island to inward investment and increased tourism.
DCA (RAG) Amber/Green
DCA text: Work has taken place to better understand the operating conditions at the airport. This has allowed the airport to receive flights, including test flights, emergency medical evacuation flights and a repatriation flight for islanders stranded when the Royal Mail Ship St Helena broke down earlier this year. Having a better understanding of the operating conditions at the airport allowed the St Helena Government to contract SA Airlink, following an international procurement process, to provide a weekly scheduled air service to and from St Helena. On 21 August SA Airlink successfully completed a “proving” flight to demonstrate to the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) operational proficiency in terms of Extended Range Twin Engine Operations (ETOPS) requirements. SA Airlink, the St Helena Government and the airport now have all the required certification to begin the air service. On 21 September tickets went on sale for the air service, which is expected to start 14 October 2017. The service will operate on a commercial basis and aims to minimise the need for UK Government subsidy for access to the island.
Start date 2005-03-15
End date 2026-08-31
Schedule text The construction of the airport was completed on schedule with the airport receiving certification during May 2016. However, there has been a delay in starting commercial air services and aspects of the associated infrastructure are not complete
Baseline £6.00m
Forecast £6.50m
Variance 8.00%
Variance text: The project has continued to incur capital costs to complete key aspects of the associated infrastructure including the Bulk Fuel Installation. The project costs remain within the approved budget.
Whole Life Cost £445.12m
WLCost text: The whole life costs cover the 40 year design life of the airport. The costs are attributable to both the UK Government and St Helena Government; with UK Government commitment due to cease in 2026 after 10 years of airport operations. Areas of expenditure included when calculating the whole-life cost are: planning, design, construction, operations, maintenance, asset renewal and/or disposal. As the project is forecasting so far into the future (2046) there are high levels of uncertainty pertaining to some of the costs.
Sourcefile IPA_2018.csv

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