Changi awards $1.11b contract for three-runway operations

Changi, which now operates with two runways, will add a third strip as part of the development of Changi East.
Changi, which now operates with two runways, will add a third strip as part of the development of Changi East. PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

SINGAPORE - Changi has awarded a second contract, worth $1.11 billion, to develop a three-runway system that will allow the airport to handle more flights as the demand for air travel increases.

The first contract of almost similar value was awarded in October.

Changi which now operates with two runways will add a third strip as part of the development of Changi East, which includes a new mega passenger terminal, Terminal 5.

The third runway will be the one currently used for military flights.

It is separated from the current airport premises by Changi Coast Road which is being diverted to accommodate Changi's expansion plans.

To prepare the runway for commercial flights, it will be lengthened and connected to the two existing runways via a 40km network of taxiways.

In an announcement on Monday (Aug 15), Changi Airport Group said the latest tender was awarded to a joint venture comprising Hock Lian Seng Infrastructure and Sembcorp Design and Construction.

There will be more contracts to come, the airport said.

The entire project is expected to be completed by the early 2020s.

The scope of the current contract includes pavement and drainage works, mechanical and electrical works, as well as supporting works such as road diversions.

Mr Yam Kum Weng, Changi Airport Group's executive vice-president, development (Changi East and Terminal 4), said: "The development of a three-runway system is an important part of Changi Airport's expansion plans, which will take the Singapore air hub into its next phase of growth."

The project, which takes place amid ongoing airport operations, is complex and requires meticulous planning and excellent execution across different phases, he said.