US funds feasibility study for KIA MRO installation
The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is funding the feasibility study for the development of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities at Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra.
The $ 1.2 million feasibility studies were commissioned by Ms. Stephanie S. Sullivan, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana.
The study will be carried out by US aviation MRO experts – the US company Alton Aviation Consultancy – in collaboration with the Ghanaian company Aerojet Limited.
The agreement for the conduct of the feasibility studies was signed between Mr. Jonathan M. Berger, Managing Director, Alton Aviation Consultancy, and Mr. Mazisi Parkes, Managing Director, Aerojet Aviation Limited.
It took place in the presence of Ms. Sullivan, Mr. Hassan Tampuli, Deputy Minister of Transport, and Mr. Kofi Amankwah-Manu, Deputy Minister of Defense.
The feasibility study is an essential basis before the implementation of the project, which would establish the first full-service MRO facility in West Africa.
It doesn’t matter if the repair is minor or complicated, airlines should repair their aircraft with a certified MRO.
In addition, scheduled preventive maintenance must be performed by a certified MRO installation on each aircraft in active service.
MRO installations in Africa represent only about four percent of the global MRO market, with no MRO installations in West Africa.
This study builds on the support of the previous USTDA feasibility study in 2009, 2011 and 2012 to undertake the improvement of Kotoka International Airport.
Mr Berger said business planning and feasibility studies would be completed by the end of this year.
He said major construction work, which would take 18 months, would start next year.
Ms Sullivan, for her part, said: “Having an MRO at KIA offers Ghana the opportunity to propel itself into a regional and global leader in the aviation sector and to drive regional economic growth, security, security and mobility, ”Ms. Sullivan said. .
She said that carrying out the feasibility studies at KIA would send a clear signal that Ghana is committed to becoming a regional leader in the aviation sector.
Ms Sullivan said in previous discussions that the government and aviation and transport officials have identified an MRO facility as a priority for Ghana and the sub-region.
“And we are pleased that USTDA, the US agency that turns dreams into action, is able to provide a grant for this feasibility study,” she said.
She recalled that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in his June 16 address to the United States Chamber of Commerce, had advocated for American investments in Ghana and noted that making Ghana a regional hub was a major economic priority for the government.
Ms. Sullivan noted that having an MRO at KIA would also be an incredibly important step in making that dream a reality.
Mr. Kweku Ofori-Asiamah, Minister of Transport, in a speech read on his behalf, said that the possible development of an MRO facility in Ghana would not only meet the needs of the market, but also serve as a more convenient facility and more cost effective for maintenance. airlines in the region.
It would also make Ghana the first country in West Africa to have an established MRO facility, he said.
Mr. Ofori-Asiamah said that for a mission of this nature, multi-stakeholder engagements, consultations and approval of all industry players and stakeholders would be essential for the successful implementation of the studies. feasibility and its possible take-off.
“We are engaged in the process and ready to cooperate fully with Aerojet Aviation Ltd and Alton Aviation Consultancy to execute the mission,” he said.
Mr. Dominic Nitiwul, Minister of Defense, in a statement read on his behalf, said that the project was very important and relevant to the mandate of the ministry and, therefore, pledged to support it in its entirety in the part of the government’s industrialization campaign.
Mr. Yaw Kwakwa, Managing Director of Ghana Airport Company, said the MRO facility, once established, would make Ghana the aviation hub in the sub-region.