By John Lee.
The Italian Embassy in Libya has rejected claims that the Italian consortium that was awarded the contract to rebuild Tripoli International Airport (TIA) passenger terminal is a fake company that disappeared after signing.
Africa Intelligence said that Consorzio Aeneas consisted of two small firms operating on a very small scale, and that their contract at the airport is a mystery.
The Embassy tweeted:
"No mystery. Consortium (≠company) is group of preexisting firms. AENEAS has all experience 2do great work @ #Tripoli airport. Stop disinformation"
According to Libya Herald, the consortium, which was formed specifically for the Tripoli project, consists of five companies: Bari-based Gruppo Mazzitelli , Axitea SpA of Milam, Rome construction and engineering consultants Two Seven, Escape and Lion Consulting.
(Sources: Italian Embassy in Libya, Africa Intelligence, Libya Herald)