Earlier today, Meridiam signed a 30-year concession agreement with the State of Burkina Faso for the conception, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of a new international airport 35km northeast of Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou.
The project is now progressing towards financing close. The engineering and construction works are expected to start at the end of 2022 and last for about 30 months.
Meridiam has partnered with Aéroport Marseille-Provence (AMP) as a technical partner under a technical assistance contract. AMP will also be a minority shareholder in the special purpose vehicle set up for the project.
The project is expected to cost about €220m (over $250m) and represents one of Bukina Faso’s biggest public-private partnership (PPP) initiatives. Once completed, the new Donsin international airport will replace the current Ouagadougou-Taamsê International Airport built in the 1960s and located in the centre of Ouagadougou.