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Development Programme: NMIA

Capital Development Programme and the environment

Phase 1B of the NMIA Capital Development Programme (CDP) which was approved for execution over a five year period - with a budget of US$26.087m, commenced in 2012 April. The projects are primarily aimed at reducing airport operational risks, gaining efficiency in the operations, reducing energy consumption and expanding capacity.

Expenditure for the year 2013/14 was US$5.574m. The projects completed during the period included a 12,000 sq. ft. warehouse expansion to Cargo Logistic Centre, the Water Conveyance Improvement System, Assessment of Greenhouse Gases and Air Quality for NMIA, Shoreline Protection west of the airport boundary, extension of Sewage storage system and procurement of eight new Air-Handling Units. The process toward obtaining an environmental permit for the Runway End Safety Area (RESA) Project was concluded and approval was received from the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) for the four licenses required.

The status of other on-going projects at year end:

  • Chilled Water Distribution System- Supply & Return
  • The manufacture and delivery of a new Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) Vehicle
  • Preparations for the Indoor Air Quality Re-evaluation for the Administration Building
  • Consultancy Investigations toward the Implementation of an Interim RESA & Airside Pavement Assessment
  • Parking Access & Revenue Control System
  • Security Screening Machines to be acquired
  • Stack Emission Monitoring for the Incinerator

    NMIA continued to implement its Environmental Management System (EMS) in keeping with the modelling of ISO14001 standards and guidelines. With the airport located within the locally declared Palisadoes-Port Royal Protected Area (PPRA) and in the midst of an internationally declared RAMSAR site (i.e. Convention on Wetlands of International Importance), it is essential that appropriate due diligence is maintained. Pollution control, habitat management, waste recycling and operations quality monitoring remain significant components of the EMS within the suite of Environmental Programmes. As the organization strives to model corporate environmental responsibility, there is ongoing commitment to meet relevant local and international standards in regard to airport operations.

    Community involvement with local environmental groups remain integral to the organisation’s efforts and include the partnerships for paper and plastic recycling as well as participation in the annual International Beach (coastal) clean-up activities. NMIA also continued to enhance the pleasing aesthetic for users of the airport through sustained landscape beautification and maintenance programmes including mosquito control, tree planting and landscape rehabilitation efforts.