Foreign Investors Ready to Support the Construction of Buleleng International Airport

JAKARTA, – The North Bali area is estimated to have an international airport by 2024. The plan to establish a new airport on the island of Bali is in anticipation of the increasingly limited capacity of Ngurah Rai Airport in the post-Covid-19 pandemic, considering that it only has one runway.

PT BIBU Panji Sakti (PT BIBU) as the initiator of the construction of the international airport in Kubuaddan, Buleleng has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China Construction First Group Corp. Ltd. (CCFG), which is a subsidiary of the state-owned China State Construction Engineering Corp. Ltd (CSCEC) on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at the CCFG Office, Jakarta.

“This is a strengthening of the commitment to cooperation between the two parties and at the same time renewing the Memorandum of Understanding that we signed together on August 7, 2020,” said PT BIBU President Director, Erwanto Sad Adiatmoko Hariwibowo. The Memorandum of Understanding contains an agreement between the two companies to jointly build an international airport in KubuAddan, Buleleng, Bali.

CCFG is the company that will be the main contractor in the construction of the international airport. “We are ready to help realize the airport that the residents of North Bali dream of,” said Sun Kelin, CCFG’s Chief Representative for Indonesia. Not only that, CCFG is also ready to fund the airport construction project in North Bali with a turn key scheme.

It is well known that CCFG – as well as its parent company, CSCEC, which is one of the large SOEs in China – has a strong track record in financing and development in the construction sector and has experience in handling large construction projects in China and in various places abroad. Meanwhile, PT BIBU is the main initiator of the construction project for the North Bali International Airport, which is located on the coast (off shore) and is in the Kubuaddan area, Buleleng Regency, Bali Province.

North Bali International Airport, located in Kubuaddan, Buleleng, is one of the National Strategic Projects based on Presidential Decree no. 109/2020. This airport will later be built in the coastal area of ​​Kubuaddan, Buleleng which is in accordance with the Prov. Bali No. 18/2009 on the RTRW, which was later updated through the Prov. Bali No. 3/ 2020 – which among other things stipulates the Kubuaddan sub-district as the location for the new airport.

Tourism Development

Meanwhile, Penglingsir Puri Ageng Blahbatuh Gianyar, AA Alit Kakarsana welcomed the cooperation between CCFG and PT BIBU. “CCFG’s reputation has convinced me that the airport in North Bali will be realized on time with good quality, which of course will strengthen Bali’s economy and tourism,” he said. The Penglingsir also sees that there are opportunities and opportunities for North Bali to develop tourism which has been lagging behind compared to South Bali.

Meanwhile, Bendesa Adat KubuAddan Jro Pasek Warkadea saw that the strategic cooperation between CCFG and PT BIBU showed that the construction of an airport in North Bali would start soon. “The dreams of the KubuAddan people will soon come true. North Bali is no longer left behind with South Bali,”said Jro Pasek.

The traditional leader from KubuAddan also saw that the airport construction would clearly create new jobs for the residents of North Bali. “This will close the gap in the welfare of the people of North Bali and South Bali,” he said.