The Badan Pengusahaan (BP) Batam handed over the management of Hang Nadim International Airport to PT Bandara Internasional Batam (BIB) on July 1. The handover was officiated by the chairman of BP Batam, Muhammad Rudi, with the managing director of PT BIB, Pikri Ilham Kurniansyah, and was witnessed by Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto.
Hang Nadim International Airport will be managed under PT BIB for 25 years. The company, formed by the PT Angkasa Pura I Consortium, consisting of the Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC) and PT Wijaya Karya (Persero), was the winner of the auction for the management of Hang Nadim Airport Business Entity (PPP).
The cooperative enterprise, valued at IDR 6.89 trillion, will include five projects. The first will be the renovation of existing structures, the construction of Terminal I, the construction of Terminal II and the management and maintenance of all airport landslide mitigation infrastructure. The second project will include the opening of domestic flight routes throughout Indonesia, while the third will be the opening of international flight paths to China, South Korea, India, Thailand and to Saudi Arabia for pilgrims for the first time. The fourth project will cover the development of Batam as a tourism destination, and the fifth will be regional business developing and the strenthenging of Batam as a cargo hub.
BP Batam is also developing the Batu Ampar Port to improve the quality of port services and the container capacity with a target of 1.6 million twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) by 2025.
The agreement was signed between BP Batam, Persero Batam and Asset Management Company (PPA). It will cover cooperation in the construction and operation of a container terminal at Batu Ampar Port by purchasing a superstructure of four quay container cranes (QCCs), 20 head trucks, 10 rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGCs) and 2 reach stackers.
The agreement also plans to provide infrastructure in the form of a container yard, an office building, a gate terminal and other supporting facilities. The partnership is valued at IDR 680 billion with a procurement period of 12 to 16 months.
Batam has also opened its doors to Australia-based Blue Steel Industries, with a total investment of IDR 3.5 trillion in two stages. The occasion was marked by the laying of the first stone by president director of Blue Steel Industries, Benny Lau, along with the coordinating economic minister and the chairman of BP Batam.
“Today I was accompanied by the chairman of BP Batam, Muhammad Rudi, who carried out three activities at once, namely the operational handover ceremony and the laying of the first stone for the development of Hang Nadim International Airport; the initial agreement on the development of Batu Ampar Port; and the signing of the inscription and laying of the first stone of Blue Steel Industries. Investment in these activities reached 11 trillion rupiah,” said Airlangga.
Blue Steel Industries will be located in the 50 hectare Taiwan Kabil Industrial Zone. The company, with more than 10 years of experience under its belt, has had a total production of more than 1 million tons of mild steel products, building environmentally friendly brick and light steel innovations.