Timor-Leste: Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport Expansion Project

Sovereign Project | 52320-002

The Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport (PNLIA) has a runway of 1,850 meters (m) in length with a pavement width of 30m. The runway can accommodate Code C aircrafts such as B737 and A320, but operations of these aircrafts are under significant restrictions on payload because the length of the runway is short. The existing runway also does not have the ICAO specified Runway End Safety Areas (RESA), which is at least 90m long and required for safe aerodrome operation. These two issues pose challenges in route development of the PNLIA for better air connectivity of the country because airlines have to take into consideration commercial penalty by operating with reduced passenger load factors (i.e., less seat occupied) and consider extra safety measures. The current Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) is also in poor condition and does not fully meet the requirements even for the existing runway.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Shim, Chaorin
    Southeast Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Approval Date
    2 September 2021
  • Country
    Timor-Leste
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport Expansion Project
Project Number 52320-002
Country Timor-Leste
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport Expansion Project
Japan International Cooperation Agency US$ 44.00 million
Loan 4104-TIM: Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport Expansion Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 85.00 million
Loan 4105-TIM: Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport Expansion Project
Concessional ordinary capital resources lending US$ 50.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Air transport

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport (PNLIA) has a runway of 1,850 meters (m) in length with a pavement width of 30m. The runway can accommodate Code C aircrafts such as B737 and A320, but operations of these aircrafts are under significant restrictions on payload because the length of the runway is short. The existing runway also does not have the ICAO specified Runway End Safety Areas (RESA), which is at least 90m long and required for safe aerodrome operation. These two issues pose challenges in route development of the PNLIA for better air connectivity of the country because airlines have to take into consideration commercial penalty by operating with reduced passenger load factors (i.e., less seat occupied) and consider extra safety measures. The current Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) is also in poor condition and does not fully meet the requirements even for the existing runway.

The project will be aligned with the following impact: national productivity improved by ensuring better connectivity of its people within and outside of the country. The proposed outcome is improved efficiency and safety of goods' and people's movements.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The proposed project will improve the facilities at the PNLIA in Dili mainly by upgrading the airport runway to meet the requirements recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization, and configuring other airport facilities to conform to the upgraded runway. The project will enhance the safety of the PNLIA and reduce safety concerns on the airport key facilities raised by the market, which will help the country establish better air connectivity.
Impact Economic diversification and national productivity improved by ensuring better connectivity within and outside of the country
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Efficiency and safety of goods' and people's movements improved
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

PNLIA runway, air traffic control tower, and other key airport facilities improved

Organizational and management capacity of the IPMU and the MOTC (ANATL and AACTL) enhanced

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Shim, Chaorin
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Council for Administration of the Infrastructure Fund (also Conselho Administrativo do Fundo Infraestrutura)
Palacio do Governo,Ministry of Finance
Edificio 5, 1 Andar Dili, Timor-Leste
Timetable
Concept Clearance 22 Dec 2020
Fact Finding 22 Feb 2021 to 09 Mar 2021
MRM 09 Apr 2021
Approval 02 Sep 2021
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 02 Sep 2021

Loan 4104-TIM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Sep 2021 01 Oct 2021 31 Jan 2022 30 Nov 2026 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 115.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 85.00 18 Oct 2021 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 30.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 18 Oct 2021 0.00 0.00 0%

Loan 4105-TIM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Sep 2021 01 Oct 2021 31 Jan 2022 30 Nov 2026 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 50.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 50.00 18 Oct 2021 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 18 Oct 2021 0.00 0.00 0%

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Loan 4104/4105-TIM: Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport PNLIA Expansion Project [PQ/055/MTC-2021] Invitation for prequalification Active 28 Sep 2021 08 Nov 2021
52320-TIM: Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport PNLIA Expansion Project Advance Notice Active 20 Sep 2021
52320-TIM: Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport Expansion Project Other Notice Active 26 May 2021

Contracts Awarded

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