To build the New Manila Airport, the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is turning to three firms with a portfolio that includes some of the major international airports of the world.

The Philippine conglomerate has named global firms Groupe ADPi, Meinhardt Group, and Jacobs to work on the design and construction of the PHP734 Billion project (~USD $14 Billion) New Manila Airport that will be located in Bulacan province, just north of the city. The proposed airport will cover a land area of around 2,500 hectares capable of handling 100 million passengers a year.

Group ADPi is the engineering group subsidiary in charge of the development and operations of Paris’s main airports – Charles de Gaulle and Le Bourget. The Paris based company has a wholly owned subsidiary – ADP Ingenierie – which has a portfolio of airport consulting projects including the design for Beijing’s new Daxing Airport.

The Meinhardt Group is a Singapore-based engineering consulting firm focusing on infrastructure projects. It’s portfolio of projects include buildings in Singapore, Australia, Vietnam, the United Arab Emirates, and India. In aviation, it served as the Structural and MEP Engineer for the recent upgrades at Singapore’s Changi Airport Terminal 1 upgrades and the Terminal 3 at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino Airport.

Jacobs is a Dallas, Texas-based technical professional services firm. According to its website, its portfolio includes the ongoing expansion and modernization of major airports such as London-Heathrow, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Mumbai.

“This is our biggest investment in a single project to date, one that will definitely impact the lives of millions of Filipinos and the country in general - all the more reason for us to push for greater sustainability and choose the best people to work with us,” SMC president and COO Ramon Ang said.

Ang also addressed concerns of those who may be affected by the construction, including fishermen who will be relocated. “This project’s success is anchored on helping support the local fishing industry. We are in the process of identifying areas where together we can build a fishing community that will last for generations to come. We want Bulacan to eventually become the seafood capital of the Philippines where seafood is exported to other countries, and tourists come in droves to sample them--similar to what happened to Japan’s Tsukiji for so many years,” Ang said.

The proposed airport – with a location 40 kilometers northwest of Manila in the province of Bulacan – is San Miguel Corporation’s bid to help address the congestion at Ninoy Aquino Airport, and the growing demands of the aviation industry of the Philippines.

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