According to the company in charge of the construction of Hoima International Airport, the project will be ready by February next year to help Uganda prepare for the development of its nascent petroleum industry is expected.
SBC Uganda says the progress of the construction work currently stands at 78%.
In February 2018, the government of Uganda selected Shikun & Binui, a construction firm based in Israel, to construct Hoima International airport for US$309 million.
The scope of work included paving 3.5 kilometers (11,000 ft) of runways, carrying out earthwork and installing drainage infrastructure, pouring cement and asphalt, building electro-mechanical, communications, and navigation systems, and erection of an air traffic control tower, a cargo terminal, additional residencies, and service structures.
Amos Muriisa, the Public Relations Officer of SBC Uganda, the company carrying out the construction of the airport, explains that most sections are almost complete.
According to Muriisa, they are currently working out ways of explaining to employees ways they will cope as soon as their contract expires.
The Public Relations Officer made this revelation while addressing Hoima District NRM Leaders who had gone to see the progress of the work.
Some district leaders have urged locals to lay strategies that help them jump at the opportunities.
Once the project is complete, it will be the second international airport in the country, after Entebbe International Airport.
The new airport is to facilitate the movement of equipment to be used in the construction of the Uganda Oil Refinery and assist the development of agriculture and tourism in the Western Region.