Feasibility report to go to the NA at the end of 2017, with airport construction to get underway in 2019.
The feasibility study for the Long Thanh International Airport in southern Dong Nai province will be submitted to National Assembly (NA) for opinion at the end of 2017 and construction is expected to begin in 2019, according to a report presented by the government to the NA.
According to the NA resolution on the airport, the legislature must approve feasibility studies at each stage before deciding to continue. Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang, who signed the report, said that in the current preparatory phase of the project there are two key issues that need to be focused on: the compiling of the feasibility study for the first phase and planning, compensation, site clearance, and resettlement.
Regarding the first task, Mr. Thang said the government has assigned Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) as the investor and permitted the use of its development funds to prepare a feasibility study for the first phase. He added that, in July this year, the Japanese Government expressed a desire to assist Vietnam in preparing a feasibility study for the project and proposed it sponsor the necessary funds for a feasibility study on passenger terminal categories, worth about $4.3 million. The government is considering directing the Ministry of Transport (MoT) to work with the Japanese side on using this non-refundable capital to reduce the burden on domestic funds in the preparation of feasibility studies.
The Minister also said that the conditions on accepting and implementing the funds must comply with existing regulations and ensure synchronization with the preparation of feasibility studies for other elements of the project. Acceptance must not impact on Vietnam selecting contractors and investors. MoT also directed ACV to research and propose plans for raising capital, including ODA and other forms of investment, during the preparation of the feasibility study.
Minister Thang said that the government is considering splitting the project’s compensation, site clearance and resettlement issues and assigning the Dong Nai Provincial People’s Committee to implement appropriate site clearance measures.
Initially it is expected to build resettlement infrastructure for the clearance of about 2,750 ha in the first phase. The government is also considering investment packages for the construction of the Loc An - Binh Son resettlement areas, on about 282 ha, for the resettlement of all households.