BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - The final phase of the Brunei International Airport modernisation project is expected to be complete this year, the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) said yesterday.
During a briefing for members of the Legislative Council (LegCo), BEDB said the project is nearing completion, with the new departure link bridge opening just three weeks ago, and the $3.2 million airport surau slated to open in the coming months.
The new facilities - including a new terminal building, carpark, and increased retail space - will increase the airport's floor space by an additional 18,000 sq m, and is expected to double the current annual passenger capacity from 1.5 million to three million.
The $130 million upgrade was designed by Changi Airport Consultants and AECOM Asia Co Ltd, and was carried out over the last three years.
Ak Hj Nuzul Fairuz Pg Hj Petra Jurutera, an official from the Infrastructure Development Division, briefed LegCo members on the progress of several infrastructure projects under BEDB, during a meeting at the Anggerek Desa Technology Park yesterday.
He said construction of a bridge in the Pulau Muara Besar Industrial Park is also expected to begin this year, to support the development of export-oriented activities such as the establishment of a $7.8 billion crude oil refinery and aromatics cracker plant, helmed by the Hengyi Group.
The parliamentarians were also updated on the improvements and progress of several industrial parks around the country.
The LegCo members were then taken on a tour of BEDB's iCentre and Knowledge Hub, where they were introduced to several young entrepreneurs.
Present during the meeting yesterday was Dato Paduka Awg Hj Ali Hj Apong, deputy minister at the Prime Minister's Office and chairman of BEDB, and Hjh Hasnah Hj Ibrahim, acting chief executive officer of BEDB.