Hoima International Airport, Uganda - Project Update




Colas with our joint venture partner SBI International Holdings AG secured the Hoima International Airport Uganda project in May 2017. It comprises full construction of an international airport on land previously used for farming. The extensive scope of works included construction and implementation of runway, taxiway and apron pavements, earthworks and drainage, Airfield Ground Lighting (AGL) and navigational aids, employee housing, landside roads, water supply and sewage system, and an electricity supply.

The land utilised for the development of the refinery and airport is located in an extremely remote area which consists of farmland, shrubs and wetland. In addition, the nearest port from which to transport materials involves a 1,700km road journey through mountainous areas.

18-month long earthworks and site clearance activities were used to clear the farmland. Construction encompasses aircraft operating surfaces including runway, taxiway and apron pavements, in addition to pavement markings in line with international aviation standards. The new Code 4F runway uses an asphalt mix specially designed to suit the environment and climate, and will receive AN-12 4 cargo planes to Boeing 747s, it will be completed in February 2020.


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Project Update - February 2020

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Based in a remote region close to Lake Albert, some five hours from Uganda's capital Kampala, the creation of Hoima International Airport is crucial to the development of a sustainable oil industry in Uganda. Take a fly-through tour of the Hoima site in our progress report video, showcasing the latest construction works.

Key Facts

  • International Airport in the West of Uganda
  • Turn-key project
  • Workforce of approximately 900

Runway & Quarry

  • Runway is 3,500m long between thresholds and covers a total of 5,000m
  • We have a dedicated stone quarry
  • 2 jaw crushers, 5 impact crushers and 4 power screens utilised on the stone quarry
  • Over 4mio m3 of earthworks completed

Health & Safety

  • 305 Training sessions
  • 33 Community toolbox talks on road safety
  • 500 Mosquito nets distributed
  • On-site health clinic established


  • 3 Boreholes constructed
  • 500 Water bottles recycled
  • 4.7m3 Biodegradable waste recycled
  • Distributed seedlings

Photo Library

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