Adac in talks with Seychelles to build airport

Seychelles is entering a new stage of development involving infrastructure, services, housing energy, water and electricity.



By Staff Report

Published: Tue 23 Jun 2015, 11:45 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:18 PM

Abu Dhabi: Seychelles is negotiating with the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (Adac) to build a new airport in its capital Victoria, according to President of Seychelles James Alix Michel.

The president said Abu Dhabi has provided his country with nearly Dh200 million in financial aid over the past 10 years to support its efforts to tackle economic problems. He said that the assistance was ordered by the President His Higness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and supported by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

He said that as a result of such grants, Seychelles is entering a new stage of development involving infrastructure, services, housing energy, water and electricity.

“We are also negotiating with Adac to construct a new airport in Victoria near the existing airport… we are about to reach agreement on this important economic and tourism project on an investment basis,” he said.

He noted that Etihad Airways and Seychelles airlines currently operate 14 flights a week from Abu Dhabi to Seychelles airport while Emirates of Dubai operates 14 other flights.

He revealed agreements with major companies from Japan, Australia and Latin America to jointly explore for oil in Seychelles and other areas, adding that his country is also cooperating with Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala in the oil sector.

Abu Dhabi’s Masdar has recently launched a wind energy unit in Victoria port with a capacity of six megawatts, the first of its kind in Seychelles.

haseeb@khaleejtimes.com


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