Singapore Technologies Aerospace (ST Aero) is proceeding with plans to expand its operations in the USA with the signing of a memorandum of understanding which will allow the construction of a third aircraft repair facility in the country.

The ST Engineering subsidiary says its third US facility will be in Corpus Christi in Texas. The two-bay centre is expected to open in 2004.

A memorandum of understanding has been signed with the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corp (CCREDC), which will construct the facility for ST Aero.

The Singapore-based company says the memorandum also "outlines ST Aero's intent to lease the two-bay hangar to be built by CCREDC as part of ST Aero's expansion in aircraft maintenance activities in the US".

ST Aero has been on the look-out for a site for a third US maintenance base for some time. It already has two facilities in the country, one at Mobile, Alabama, known as ST Mobile Aerospace Engineering, and the other at Dallas, Texas, known as DalFort Aerospace.

ST Aero says negotiations on the Corpus Christi facility are expected to be completed by the end of the year, after which the CCREDC will start the construction which is expected to take around 24 months.

Source: Flight International