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Demolition work set for Camp Schwab

Date Posted: 2007-12-21

The invitation for bids has been issued, and demolition is expected to begin on Camp Schwab in February, clearing away old barracks to make room for the new airfield.

The Japanese Self Defense Force Okinawa District says “we published the bidding of demolition and removal work on December 18th, and construction work will start next year in February.” Bidding had initially been done last March, but delays caused by disagreements between the central government, Okinawa Prefecture and Nago City has slowed progress.

Disputes over where to place the two V-shaped runways have stalled the project, with Okinawa Prefecture wanting the runways moved 200 meters offshore. The Japanese government has recently compromised, offering to move the runways 50 meters farther out, but Okinawa Prefecture hasn’t agreed. Nago City residents and the Prefecture want more talks, but the central government wants to get the project moving.

The new airfield is to replace Futenma Marine Corps Air Station in heavily populated Ginowan City. The Defense Ministry says they can’t make much change now, and notes the bids are done and “something can start”.

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