The operation went well, achieved its objective, and marked three years of safe and efficient blasting from the Basil Read Blasting Team and the end of all blasting operations required for the Airport Project.
A total of 383 controlled explosions have taken place for the Airport Project with no safety or misfire incidents.
Basil Read’s Production Manager, Deon Robbertse, paid tribute to Blasting Supervisor, Alan Hudson and his team. He said:
“The Blasting Team has been an integral part of the Airport Project and directly responsible for us to move over 10million m3 of material to create a safe and usable Access Road, complete all the fills including Dry Gut and getting the Runway to the right level.”
In November 2011, St Helena Government signed a Design, Build and Operate (DBO) contract with Basil Read (Pty) Ltd. The contract included £201.5 million for the design and construction of the airport, an additional amount - of up to - £10 million on shared risk contingency and £35.1 million for ten years of operation.
The project aims to provide air services to St Helena, fulfilling the UK Government’s commitment to maintaining access to the Island, and provide it with a real opportunity for economic growth through tourism.
Both the St Helena Government and the UK Government hope that this will lead to eventual financial self-sustainability for St Helena.