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Nigeria’s Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, has inaugurated construction and rehabilitation of 31 road projects in the State that will cost US $3.6m.

During the inauguration ceremony, the Governor expressed his administration commitment to completing all the ongoing road constructions-both rural and urban in the state while initiating new ones.

“The government is ready to start rehabilitation works on the 31 dilapidated roads in the state capital. The 940 meters stretch Gandu road has been allocated US $184k.

“The roads set for rehabilitation include Nassarawa Hospital, Sheik Jaafar, Eastern byepass-Unguwa Uku, Bompai, Abbatoir and Civic Centre road, Obasanjo Road, Bello Road, ‘Yantsaki Road-Tudun Murtala, Sharada, Rijiyar Zaki, Rafin Dan Nana, Ashton Road, Manladan Kulkul Road, Emirs Palace, Kofar Fampo and ‘Yan Katako-Zaria Road among others,” said Mr. Abdullahi Ganduje.

Mr. Abdullahi Ganduje, also called on residents of the affected areas to cooperate with the contractors to enable them finish the work in good time and also public support to enable the government to continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people adding that saying other roads would also be given attention.‎

 

source: constructionreviewonline.com

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Angola is set to receive US $51m boost from the British government to build three hospitals and upgrade two power stations in the country.

Baroness Northover, the prime minister’s trade envoy for Angola and Zambia  confirmed the reports and said the deal will enable to enter a global marketplace and deliver reliable power to millions of people in Angola and also showcase British expertise in the development of vital healthcare services.

“I have visited Angola regularly in the last two years in support of UK- Angola business co-operation, and am acutely aware of the growing opportunities there. It is wonderful that these important projects have come to fruition and I look forward to seeing more in the future,” said Baroness Northover.

Project details

ASGC, Dubai-based contractor will lead on the design, construction and equipping of the 300-bed Mother and Child Hospital and Paediatric Haematology Institute in Luanda, and a 200-bed general hospital in Cabinda.

The power station element will be handled by IQA Group, Paisley-headquartered utility contractor. This will involve refurbishing two substations in the town of Viana, on the outskirts of Luanda, and Gabela, about 100km south of it.

This will be the first time UK Export Finance (UKEF) to support Angola in its projects. In December UKEF made US $30.4m for a new international airport in Uganda.

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Kenya is set to receive US $300m from Cyrq Energy, an American company specializing in renewable energy production, for the construction 330 MW geothermal power plant in Suswa, Narok County, in south-western Kenya.

Nicholas Goodman, President and CEO of Cyrq Energy, confirmed the reports and said that a feasibility study has already been carried out on the site and regulatory approval request has been sent to the competent authorities.

“The first phase of the project will be financed internally, with a mix of equity and debt, while long-term debt will be guaranteed for the other phases of the project,” said Nicholas Goodman.

Suswa geothermal project

The CEO further added that the company plans to start producing 75 MW within two years of the Kenyan authorities’ approval. The overall project is set to take an average of 3 to 4 years before completion after which electricity is first sold to the utility firm -Kenya Power under a long-term 25-year power purchase agreement.

Mr. Nicholas Goodman also a technical team and independent experts from the company assessed the geothermal resources available through a drilling programme and a study ranging from preliminary design to installation of the power plant, planned before the beginning of the project

Upon completion, the project is expected to further boost Kenya’s capacity which already ranks as the leading geothermal energy producer in Africa.

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The first East African inland dry port in Rwanda, has officially commenced operations with an aim of improving the country’s import and export fortunes from main ports in Tanzania and Kenya.

The Dubai-based global port operator DP World and the Rwandan government who participated in the opening ceremony, said the US $80m facility will make Rwanda, despite being a landlocked country, a regional hub for intra-African trade.

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East African inland dry port

The 13 hectares facility features an Inland Container Terminal with modern warehousing capacity, a container yard and administrative and services buildings. It is located 20 kilometers from the capital city Kigali and close to the international airport.

The cargo holding capacity greatly improves efficiency and by embracing use of modern machinery, it reduces logistics. The size and capacity of the port will make it possible for trucks to easily deposit their containers rather than waiting for their assets to be cleared.

According to the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda quarterly GDP report Rwanda’s imports have increased to US $215m as of August and exports have increased to US $93m as of August 2018. Averagely, Rwanda’s imports runs at US $270m from 1998 to 2018. The increase has increased year after year as companies invest more on capital, energy, lubricants and intermediary goods

Sumeet Bhardwaj, CEO of DPW Logistics Rwanda, however clarified that although the facility is in operation, it will officially be launched between January and February 2019.In 2016, DP World was granted a 25-year concession to develop the Inland Port that has an annual capacity of 50,000 TEUs and 640,000 tonnes of warehousing space.

Sumeet Bhardwaj further added that the company is also establishing a road transport solution that will allow clients to fully outsource their end-to-end logistics needs, including international shipments, clearances, repacking and final deliveries.

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The government of Tanzania has set aside US $81m to cater for the Kigoma power project with an aim of improving supply, affordability and reliability of electricity in Kigoma region.

Deputy Energy Minister, Subira Mgalu confirmed the reports and said the project construction will include a 132KV transmission line that will connect Kigoma region to the national grid.

Also read: Eranove to build 65MW electricity plant in Togo

Kigoma power project

The transmission line with a length of 370km, will be implemented through Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO). It will go through Abora – Kidawe – Kigoma – Urambo and Nguruka.

The Deputy Energy Minister added that TANESCO has already conducted a feasibility study for the power project. She said that in line with the county’s 2025, the project will improve social welfare of the people and economic transformation of the people.

Kigoma power project will be funded with the national government, the World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB). It will increase electricity access from 16% to 20% by 2024 in the region with over 483,000 households connected.

Tanzania vision 2025

The government of Tanzania started the formulation exercise of developing the 2025 vision in 1995. A team of experts in various sectors in the society were appointed as the planning commission. The vision comprised of 5 objectives: High quality livelihood, Peace, stability and unity, Good governance and a well-educated and learning society.

This vision aims at making Tanzania a middle income country by 2025. It is based on the principle of sustainable development that uses natural resources without compromising the needs of future generations.

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Uganda is set to receive a whooping US $229.5m funds for the construction of phase one of Kampala- Jinja express project, following an approval from the African Development Bank to finace the project.

The Uganda National Roads Authority confirmed the reports and said the expressway, which forms part of the northern trade corridor from Mombasa in Kenya to Kigali in Rwanda, will form Uganda’s position as a regional transit hub, supporting its ambition to propel its economy into middle-income status by 2020.

Also read:Uganda to receive US $69m fund for water projects

Uganda’s second national development plan

In a report, the AfDB stated that the financing will support Uganda’s second national development plan 2015-2020 which aims to strengthen the country’s competitiveness for sustainable wealth creation, inclusive growth and jobs creation. It’s also aims at facilitating efficient movement of passengers and freight across the country to support growth objectives.

The proposed 95-kilometre Kampala Jinja Expressway (KJE), was designed to an expressway standard, in line with the Vision 2040 and National Development Plan II as critical for the economic development of Uganda. Total project cost is estimated at US $1.55bn with financing from sovereign and non- sovereign facilities.

Over 2,000 direct and indirect jobs will be created during the construction and operational phases of the project.

Uganda’s road network is the country’s predominant mode of transport and a key enabler of her trade and economic activities within the East African Community. The Kampala-Jinja corridor has experienced accelerated development over the last 20 years, and currently experiences traffic overload, registering over 1,000 vehicles per hour per lane, with consistent breakdown of traffic flows, according to a 2017 study conducted by the Uganda National Roads Authority.

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Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man and owner of Dangote cement in Nigeria, has revealed to be among bidders for Kenya’s struggling ARM; a cement maker company currently under the administration of accounting firm Price water house Coopers (PwC).

The Nigerian business man, without naming the acquisition target; which in his opinion fits the ARM company, said he is in talks over buying it. “There is a company which has operations in Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda which we are in talks with to see if we can take it over,” he adds.

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ARM Cement

ARM portfolio in Kenya includes a clinker and cement grinding plant in Kaloleni and a cement grinding plant at Athi River. The company also manufactures imports and sells cement in Rwanda through its wholly owned subsidiary, Kigali Cement Company. In Tanzania, ARM runs limestone, clinker and cement plants through its subsidiaries, Maweni Limestone Limited and ARM Tanzania.

The company has been facing a number of challenges due to severe electricity rationing, inadequate supply of coal and stiff completion in the market.This has resulted to a negative equity of US $23m meaning that current shareholders will suffer a major dilution if a takeover deal is concluded.

On their side, the PwC said the process of selling ARM or part of its assets was being handled by South African banking giant Absa, which was appointed as the transaction adviser.

“Various parties have been in contact with the administrators expressing interest in the company’s businesses and assets in both Kenya and Tanzania,” the administrators said in a report to ARM’s creditors.

More bids are set to be received until December 3, after which shortlisted firms will be allowed to start their due diligence, including interviewing management.

Dangote Cement

Dangote Cement, which has about a 45% market share in sub-Sahara Africa, has long held interest in venturing into Kenya – with plans underway to build two cement factories by 2021.

Dangote admitted that Kenya is on its priorities and said there are plans to build two plants of 1.5 million tones annually. If the deal sails through, Dangote will take over the manufacturing premises, well-established distribution networks, and mining licenses.

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The Maputo–Katembe Bridge in Mozambique, Africa’s longest suspension bridge that cost whopping US $750m has officially been opened to traffic.

Financed by China and built by China Road and Bridge Corporation, the project began in June 2014. The entire structure is nearly 3km long, comprising a kilometre-long ramp on either side of a 680-metre span over Maputo Bay, which opens onto the Indian Ocean.

Its presence will connect Maputo on the northern bank and Katembe on the southern bank. The bridge also plays a vital role in connecting South Africa to Mozambique reducing travel time from 6 hours to 90 minutes between Maputo to Kosi Bay – KwaZulu-Natal’s east coast border post.

Also read: Zimbabwe sets US $693m for Harare-Masvingo-Beitbridge highway

The Maputo–Katembe Bridge

The project also includes 200 kilometers of roads and five smaller bridges between Maputo and Ponta do Ouro, in the south of the country, close to the South African border. The project however faced a number challenges during construction process.

In 1989, a proposal of the bridges was drafted as part of the urbanization policy. The World Bank endorsed it but the project was later shelved after years of unrest in the country. In 2010, José Sócrates, the then Portuguese Prime Minister offered to fund the project.

The China Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) took over the construction as a loan agreement. A delay in the construction was also encountered due to resettlement disagreement of about 900 families.

Some of the domestic contribution of the construction of the bridge and links roads is creation of 3000 jobs to the local population, transfer of technology to local people and auxiliary projects such as local schools and houses for resettled families.

The bridge surpasses the Matadi Bridge in the Democratic Republic of Congo which previously held the title of longest suspension bridge. Apart from being Africa’s longest suspension bridge, the Maputo-Catembe will also be ranked among the 60 largest suspended bridges in the world.

source: constructionreviewonline.com

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SLSCO, a Texas-based company, has won a $167m contract from the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for the construction of approximately eight miles of levee wall system in the US Border Patrol’s (USBP) Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector.

The project is funded with CBP’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations. Construction is scheduled to begin in February 2019.

The project comprises five segments located south of Alamo, Donna, Weslaco, Progreso and Mercedes, Texas, within Hidalgo County.

Work will include the construction and installation of tactical infrastructure such as a reinforced concrete levee wall to the height of the existing levee, 18ft steel bollards on top of the concrete wall, and vegetation removal along a 150ft enforcement zone throughout the eight miles of levee wall system.

The levee wall system will include detection technology, lighting, video surveillance, and an all-weather patrol road along the levee wall.

The RGV Sector continues to be an area of illegal cross-border activity. In FY2017, the USBP arrested more than 137,000 persons crossing the border illegally, and seized approximately 260,000 pounds of marijuana and approximately 1,192 pounds of cocaine in the RGV Sector.

The levee wall system is expected to serve as a persistent impediment to transnational criminal organisations, while still allowing river access for property owners, other federal/state/local officials, local emergency responders, and USBP.

CBP is implementing President Trump’s Executive Order 13767, also known as Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, and has been taking steps to plan, design, and construct a wall using appropriate materials and technology to achieve operational control of the southern border.

The US Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security. Its task is to manage, control and protect the nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry.

CBP is responsible for securing the borders of the US while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.

source: worldconstructionnetwork.com

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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has cleared the path for the construction on the $2.003bn Southwest Light Rail Transit Project (SWLRT) in the US state of Minnesota.

The largest infrastructure project in the state’s history, it is expected to create 7,500 construction jobs, with an estimated $350m payroll.

Governor Mark Dayton said: “This news is long-awaited and hard-earned. The Southwest Light Rail Transit project is a critical economic development project for the people of Minnesota.

“When complete, it will improve many thousands of lives from Eden Prairie to North Minneapolis. It will create new jobs, reduce highway congestion, and better connect Minnesotans to one another.”

The FTA granted a Letter of No Prejudice (LONP) to the Council, which makes the early construction work on the project eligible for federal reimbursement upon award of the Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) in 2019.

With the FFGA, the federal government will pay $929m, nearly half of the project’s total cost.

 

The granting of LONP means that the Metropolitan Council can proceed with awarding a construction contract and begin mobilising for construction.

Metropolitan Council chair Alene Tchourumoff said: “The FTA takes this step very seriously and I am thrilled to receive the approval that allows us to award the state’s largest civil construction project.

“SWLRT is a strong, important project, which has been designed and planned by a team of some of the most talented professionals in the country.

“Its planning alone has attracted millions of private economic development along the corridor, generating a return on investment before the first shovels even hit the ground.

“And now, thanks to our federal partners, the hard work and commitment from the county and so many in our region, we have the critical approval in hand and that final step of construction is on the horizon.”

Earlier in 2018, the Council received two construction contract bids from Lunda/CS McCrossan ($799,514,338) and Ames/Kraemer ($812,125,583). The Council asked the bidders twice to extend their bid validity while awaiting FTA approval. However, the latter did not respond to the final extension request.

The LONP sets several local actions into motion, for the Council to award the contract. This includes approvals from Hennepin County, the project’s primary local funder.

Early construction activities in winter could include staffing and equipment mobilisation, site clearance, demolition and utility work.

Heavy construction is expected in 2019-2022, with testing of the system with new light rail vehicles in 2022-2023.

SWLRT is expected to begin passenger service in 2023 as an extension of the METRO Green Line.

 

SWLRT is a 14.5-mile line with 16 stations serving Minneapolis, St Louis Park, nearby Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie.

source: worldconstructionnetwork.com

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Tutor Perini Building (TPBC), a subsidiary of US-based civil, building and specialty construction company Tutor Perini, has been selected by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma to design and build the Choctaw Casino and Resort expansion project in Durant, Oklahoma, US.

However, the value of the design-build contract has not been disclosed.

 

JCJ Architecture and Friedmutter Group have been selected as the design partners. The scope of work includes the design and construction of a new 1,000-room hotel, which will include multiple restaurants, an ultra-lounge bar, movie theatres, conference facilities, casino expansion, new retail space, resort style pools and a new parking garage.

Design work is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2018 and substantial completion is expected in 2021.

This will be the largest and fourth expansion project for Choctaw Nation since the casino opened in 2006. The expansion is expected to create 1,000 more jobs in Durant.

The developer for the expansion is the TynanGroup, a national, real estate development services firm that has been operating for more than two decades.

Tutor Perini’s building group president and CEO Leonard Rejcek said: “Tutor Perini is proud to partner with the Choctaw Nation to build this very important project.

“This opportunity represents our expansion into building projects in the South Central states, and it will build upon Tutor Perini’s long and successful track record of work on large hospitality and gaming projects.”

The first Choctaw Casino was opened in Durant in 2006 with more than 100,000ft² and in 2010, the Grand Tower was added. The most recent renovation was completed in 2015, adding one more hotel tower with a spa, The Grand Theater and the family entertainment centre, The District.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma chief Gary Batton said: “More than 30 years ago our tribe had the vision to begin this expedition by purchasing the 50 acres that the resort resides on today.

“The property was the starting point for many wonderful things to come for our tribe. We are elated to continue to grow with our community and improve the lives of our tribal and community members.

“This expansion will help the local economy and meet the demands of our growing customer base.”

 

source: worldconstructionnetwork.com

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