Kieta (Aropa) Airport

Bespoke, Robust, Weather-tolerant Airport Terminal at Kieta (Aropa) Airport in Bougainville Island of Papua New Guinea

Aropa Airport (or Kieta Airport) is an airport in Kieta, Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea. Aropa airport was re-opened in December 2014 by the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill after it was closed for 25 years. The opening of the Kieta (Aropa) Airport is another vital part of Papua New Guinea’s national infrastructure that will create new opportunities for the men, women and children of Bougainville.

After destruction of the former airport during the civil war in 1988, Red Sea was required to construct and design an airport terminal for the region of Bougainville including utilities, amenities and housing for managers/engineers. At this remote location, the project also required to have Generators, Ablution Block, Site Engineer Office, Storage Shed, Residential Home and a Two Man Sleeper. 

Quick facts:

  • Industry: Building and Construction
  • Customer: Kieta (Aropa) Airport
  • Location: Bougainville Aerodrome, Papua New Guinea
  • Completion Date: Sept 2014 to Dec 2014

We were able to design, manufacture, ship, and commission a remote airport terminal for the Bougainville region, despite the difficult logistical challenges posed by the area. To ensure the longevity and strength of the terminal constructed, we utilized our Site Master 25 Series for the internal wall structure and steel fabricated tilt wall system for the external construction, making this a very strong and durable construction design. The project also included Generators, Ablution Block, Site Engineer Office, Storage Shed, Residential Home and a Two Man Sleeper.


Key Challenges:

  • Remote location and harsh weather
  • Long complex logistics route
  • Tight project commissioning deadline
  • Tough living conditions for our personnel
  • Adapt Red Sea modules to customize material construction to suit client requirements

Highlights of the project:

  • Bespoke construction of arrival and departure lounge, ablution blocks, site offices, housing
  • Custom made materials require to ensure strength and durability
  • Remote Location
  • Harsh Weather Conditions
  • Logistics
  • First time use of a tilt wall system
  • Tight time schedule: Sept 2014 to Dec 2014

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