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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.

Also Read:Cement prices to drop in Tanzania

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.”

 

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American e-commerce giant Amazon has announced that it will establish its second headquarters (HQ2) at a site in Northern Virginia, US.

The announcement has been made after a 14-month search during which the company received bids from 238 locations across the US, Canada and Mexico. Northern Virginia and New York City will be part of HQ2.

The Northern Virginia site, called National Landing, is located on the Crystal City area of Arlington County.

 

Fairfax and Loudoun counties had submitted a site called Innovation Station, which is located adjacent to Metro and Washington Dulles International Airport and is close to an Amazon Web Services east coast campus and company data centres.

The setting up of the second headquarters is expected to create thousands jobs and billions of dollars in investment in the Washington, DC, region.

Innovation Station is currently available to organisations looking for a campus location in the Washington region.

The 338-acre site is situated in a community that offers local and regional talent, particularly in software development and related fields, and has easy access to rail, road and air transportation.

The company’s new National Landing HQ will be located across the street from Pentagon Centre mixed-use redevelopment taken up by Kimco Realty.

According to Kimco Realty, the Pentagon Centre Signature Series mixed-use redevelopment will be able to capitalise on the economic growth expected to follow Amazon’s selection of site for National Landing in Arlington, Virginia.

It is a redevelopment of a 329,000ft² retail centre located above the Pentagon City Metro Station, and is also in close proximity to The Pentagon, Downtown DC, and Reagan National Airport.

Phase I of the redevelopment, currently under construction, includes The Witmer, a 26-storey residential tower with 440 luxury apartment units and 7,000ft² of retail on the ground floor. Residential leasing for Phase I is expected to begin in 2019.

Phase II will include an additional 11-storey residential tower with 253 units, along with 16,000ft² of new retail.

 

Kimco has also secured entitlements for future phases. The completion of these phases will result in a fully developed site that will include 346,000ft² of retail; 705,000ft² of office space; and a 200-room hotel in addition to the 693 residential units, taking the total project size to two million ft².

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Gulf SRC have signed a $227.7m loan agreement to finance the construction and operation of a 2,500MW combined-cycle power plant in Chonburi Province, Thailand.

Gulf SRC is owned by Independent Power Development, a joint venture between GED and Mitsui, Japan. The total project cost is expected to be approximately JPY170bn ($1.49bn). Mitsui will have 30% equity participation.

ADB signed the agreement for the Chonburi natural gas power project with co-financiers – the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and 10 international and local commercial banks.

The project is based on a long-term PPA with state-owned power utility, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT).

Touted to be one of the largest power plants in Thailand, the facility will utilise natural gas as a resource. It will also be the first in the world to employ a new high-efficiency technology that will reduce pollutants and emissions, improve air quality and produce a lower carbon footprint.

The plant will consist of four units of 625MW. The plant will be fuelled by natural gas, including imported LNG through the long-term gas sale agreement with PTT.

ADB deputy director-general for private sector operations Christopher Thieme said: “Increased capacity for power generation is essential for rapidly growing countries like Thailand as energy demand will continue to rise.

“ADB’s financing of Gulf SRC will support the creation of a cleaner and more affordable source of energy generation in Thailand.”

The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) programme of the Government of Thailand is intended to be the country’s main economic growth driver over the next decade and the Chonburi plant is expected to help produce the growth and industrial transformation under the EEC programme.

Work on the project will begin before the end of 2018 and the power plant is expected to be fully operational by 2022. It will be one of the first mid-merit plants in the corridor. It will adjust power output depending on demand for electricity on a given day.

For the first time in the world, the plant will use the combined-cycle gas turbine technology, which has maximum rated thermal efficiency greater than 63%, ADB said.

The project will also help Thailand avoid 737,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide and provide employment to the local population, including women.

Gulf Energy Development (GED) CEO Sarath Ratanavadi said: “This project is important as it will help produce the growth and industrial transformation that is expected under the Government of Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) program.

“We appreciate ADB’s leadership in mobilizing the finance to make the project possible.”

 source: worldconstructionnetwork.com

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Highways England has revealed the 13 winning contractors for its £8.7bn regional framework, as well as who will deliver the initial 18 packages of work under the deal.

Costain emerged as one of the biggest winners with places on the two highest-value lots of the framework, which will design and deliver projects on English motorways and major A roads from 2018 to 2024.

The framework is split into eight regional lots, with 1-3 covering individual packages worth under £100m, while 4-8 involves packages worth more than £100m.

Costain, Galliford Try and Skanska won places on the £2.8bn East of England lot 7, while Costain was joined by Balfour Beatty and Kier on the £2bn lot 8 covering the North-west, North-east, Yorkshire and the Humber.

As well as Costain, Balfour, Bam Nuttall, Galliford and Skanska all picked up two places each across the higher-value lots 4-8 (see full winners table).

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Among the winners of lots 1-3 was Sir Robert McAlpine in joint venture with Amey, which secured a place on the £200m North-west, North-east and Yorkshire lot.

The contractor revealed in 2016 that it was targeting a return to civils, aiming to secure a fifth of its revenue from civils work by 2019.

In an interview with CN earlier this year, CEO Paul Hamer stopped short of committing to 20 per cent civils, but added he wanted to ”build a base civil infrastructure business” and establish joint ventures. 

Highways England regional framework winners

Lot Regions Total value Individual packages Winners
1 South-west and Midlands £200m Up to £100m Alun Griffiths-Farrans JV | Osborne
2 South-east and East of England £350m Up to £100m John Graham Construction | VolkerFitzpatrick
3 North-west, North-east and Yorkshire £200m Up to £100m Amey-Sir Robert McAlpine JV | North Midland Construction
4 South-west £800m More than £100m Galliford Try | Taylor Woodrow
5 Midlands £1.25bn More than £100m Bam Nuttall | Skanska UK
6 South-east £1.1bn More than £100m Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering | Bam Nuttall
7 East of England £2.8bn More than £100m Costain | Galliford Try | Skanska UK
8 North-west, North-east and Yorkshire £2bn More than £100m Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering | Costain | Kier Highways

In addition to the winners on each of the lots, Highways England also released details of which contractors would deliver the first 18 packages of projects under the framework.

Six of the 18 packages in this first tranche fall under lots 7 and 8 – the two highest-value bands.

Schemes within these first packages are being taken forward under Highways England’s current RIS1 funding cycle. The second tranche of work will be confirmed at a later date once the second road investment strategy (RIS2) is finalised.

Among the allocated projects, John Graham will make improvements to the M25’s junctions 25 and 28, Skanska will deliver works on junction 6 of the M42, and Galliford Try will oversee various upgrades to the A47 including dualling (see full project allocation table).

The framework has been developed under Highways England’s new Routes to Market approach, which marks a move away from procurement on a scheme-by-scheme basis and aims to provide more secure pipelines of work.

Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan said: “Routes to Market represents a fundamental change in the way we deliver road projects.

“It will be performance rather than price-based, focusing on building the right projects with the best outcomes for road users and the communities we serve.

“It demands a major step up in our supply chain to embrace innovation and team work and in their ability to deliver value.”

Costain said it expected to recoup work worth worth £1.5bn to the company over the framework. Its chief executive Andrew Wyllie said: “We look forward to bringing our expertise in management of complex investment programmes to support Highways England with its ambitions for this framework.”

Balfour Beatty said the framework would be worth an initial £425m for the first tranche and committed to using offsite techniques as well as 5 per cent of its employees being apprentices.

The Amey Sir Robert McAlpine JV said it would use its membership of the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry to ”bring transferable knowledge from other sectors to contribute to Highways England’s planned Centres of Excellence – helping to drive innovation across the highways sector”.

North Midland chief executive John Homer said: “We welcome the step change Highways England is taking to deliver improvement regionally by involving communities at a local level.

“We will work collaboratively with Highways England, other framework contractors and stakeholders to achieve shared success and deliver maximum benefit through our projects.”

Highways England framework: First tranche of works

Package Lot Contractor Projects in the package
A1 1 Alun Griffiths-Farrans JV A5 Dowdwells to Longshot widening
A2 1 Osborne  A46 Coventry junctions upgrade | A46 Coventry junctions Walsgrave
A3 2 VolkerFitzpatrick East of Lewes STM (A27) | M3 J9 Iimprovement
A4 2 John Graham Construction M25 J25 / J28 improvement | M2 Junction 5 improvement
A5 3 North Midland Construction M621 junction improvements 
A6 3 Amey-Sir Robert McAlpine JV M56 J11a | M6 J19
B1 4 Galliford Try A303 Sparkford - Ilchester 
B2 4 Taylor Woodrow A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross 
B3 5 Skanska UK M42 Junction 6 | A52 Nottingham
B4 5 Bam Nuttall A38 Derby junctions | M54-M6 Toll PEP
B5 6 Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering M25 J10/A3 Wisley Interchange | A2 Bean Ebbsfleet
B6 6 Bam Nuttall A27 Arundel bypass | A27 Worthing and Lancing improvements | M27 Southampton junctions
B7 7 Galliford Try A47: North Tuddenham to Easton, Blofield to North Burlingham dualling, A12 junction enhancements, A11 junction, Guyhirn junction, Wansford to Sutton
B8 7 Skanska UK A428 Black Cat - Caxton Gibbet
B9 7 Costain A12 Chelmsford A120 Widening
B10 8 Costain A1: Scotswood to N Brunton, Birtley to Coal House widening, Morpeth to Felton dualling, Alnwick to Ellingham
B11 8 Kier A5036 Port of Liverpool, A585 Windy Harbour - Skipool
B12 8 Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering A19 Norton to Winyard, A57 (T) to A57 Link Road

 source: www.constructionnews.co.uk

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The National Construction Week series of events has been officially opened today at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre by Prof. Paul Maringa, Principal Secretary State Department of Public Works Designed to promote and uplift the construction industry in Kenya. The week brings together two major events, the International Construction Research Conference and Exhibition (ICoRCE) and The Big 5 Construct East Africa.

Prof. Paul Maringa, Principal Secretary State Department of Public Works remarks on the industry: “Kenya’s slot in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Report 2019 is at an impressive 61, up 19 spots from last year. The country’s economy is predicted to be the largest growing in Africa in a few short years, overtaking South Africa, Mauritius and Rwanda. This event is critical to the industry calendar, allowing us to highlight innovative solutions to existing gaps which will continue to propel the economy even higher.”

He then adds: “We cannot under estimate the importance of construction research. Currently, the Ministry is finalising the Construction Industry Policy in order to harness the full potential of the legal and institutional framework, echoing the theme of this year’s ICoRCE.”

The flagship conference of National Construction Week, ICoRCE is organized by NCA and this year runs under the theme “Harnessing the Potential of the Legal & Institutional Framework for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in the Construction Industry”.

Eng. Maurice Akech, Vice Chairperson NCA comments“The National Construction Authority’s overall mandate to oversee the construction industry and coordinate its development means that research remains a top priority, in order to not only keep up with emerging trends but leverage on them to attain continuous growth.”

Official Exhibition of National Construction Week and international expo heavyweight, The Big 5 Construct East Africa returns alongside ICoRCE under the theme “Technology and Development”.

Chris Kilbee, Senior Vice President at organisers dmg events, comments: “Our theme this year captures the tone of construction in Kenya, and our exhibitors are eager to work with local companies to meet the ambitious building demands across the nation.”

He adds: “The Big 5 Construct East Africa launched in 2016 as the official exhibition of the inaugural Kenya National Construction Week, and now in 2018 returns 20% larger.”

The free access event is bringing over 220 exhibitors from more than 33 countries to showcase the latest building innovations and products to the local market. In addition, it will host industry pioneers to present over 40 free-to-attend and CPD (continuing professional development) certified education sessions.

source: cedmagazineng.com

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