(EnergyAsia, December 28 2011, Wednesday) — State-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has invited bids from contractors to build an aviation fuel storage terminal at a new international airport being built in Mattala in Sri Lanka’s fast-growing Hambantota district.

The 3.6-billion-rupee terminal will support operations at what will be the country’s second international airport located in the south-eastern part of the country that is being transformed into an international trading hub. (US$1=114 rupees).

The chairman of the Standing Cabinet Appointed (Special) Procurement Committee (SCAPC) has set February 2 as the deadline for bids for the year-long project from eligible companies on behalf of Ceylon Petroleum Corporation. The companies must have with annual revenues of US$20 million over the past five years and are experienced in design, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning works at international airports.

The Hambantota International Airport is expected to start up by end-2012.