German Engineering Firm to Build JKIA’s New Terminal

German air cargo terminal Planning and Engineering Firm, ACUNIS, is set to build Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s new cargo terminal for perishables and dry cargo in Nairobi.

The long awaited 9,000 square meter cargo terminal at the JKIA built by the German engineering firm, ACUNIS, is set to be launched in May. The terminal is expected to handle a capacity of 80,000 tonnes annually. Plans are however underway to expand it to a capacity of 150,000 tonnes.

The JKIA project is ACUNIS’ second project in Africa; the first being a joint venture with Unitechnik and AMOVA at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, where they are building a cargo terminal for Ethiopian Airlines.

“The solution foresees dividing the facility into two separate storage areas with virtually identical layout, one for dry goods and another for perishables. The latter is installed in a cold storage warehouse capable of regulating temperatures down to 2°C.”, ACUNIS’ spokersperson said.

Each storage area includes a high-bay store (HBS), a Euro pallet store, a small parts warehouse as well as a section for bulky goods.

ACUNIS is also supplying the conveying and handling systems for completion of the terminal’s interior, such as roller conveyors and industrial trucks, work stations as well as loading and unloading bridges for trucks.

When completed, the new cargo terminal at JKIA will allow Mitchell Cotts clients to expand import and export of different types of commodities as well as perishable goods such as fruit, vegetables and spices even faster and more efficiently in the future.

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