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The government of Zimbabwe is set to receive US $310m from the government of India for the construction of Hwange thermal plant.

Indian Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, confirmed the reports, during a visit to Zimbabwe and said the funds will aim at enhancing the life cycle of the plant.

Also read:Zimbabwe, China seal US $1bn power deal

Hwange thermal plant project  

Hwange thermal power station, owned and operated by Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA), a state-owned company contracted to generate, transmit and distribute electricity in Zimbabwe, has an installed capacity of 920MW.

Construction of the first stage units began in 1973, which were commissioned from 1983 to 1986, and was followed by second stage units in 1987. A US $23m fund will be provided for Thermal Plant Project at Bulawayo and US $19m for the Deka Pipe laying project. The funding is expected to help complete the projects within the stipulated time.

The project which features 120MW units and two units of 220MW, will also involves a significant upgrade to the country’s transmission network, works that are required to absorb such a significant increase in generation capacity. The Hwange project will be a significant milestone in the rehabilitation of the infrastructure critical to increasing Zimbabwe’s economic output, representing one of the largest foreign investments in the country in recent years.

Indian Vice President, however pointed out that Zimbabwe requires a lot of planning and good corporate management to ensure efficient, timely and cost effective implementation of the project.

He further added that the Indian government will extend its support to the country’s micro and mini-grid, smart grids, hybrid renewable energy technologies and two LOC projects.

source: constructionreviewonline.com

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A US $2.3bn 2300 MW gas-fired combined cycle plant is set for construction in Egypt following a deal signed between a Egypt and Saudi Arabian utility developer, ACWA Power.

The Egyptian electricity minister, Mohamed Shaker confirmed the reports and said the plant which will have a capacity of 2 250 MW will be built in Luxor province. He further pointed out that the facility is expected to be operational by 2023 at the latest.

ACWA Power will be partnering with the Egyptian group Hassan Allam, one of the most reputable local companies in Egypt on the project, highlighting the company’s commitment and belief in the Egyptian Market.

Also Read: Siemens completes construction of 3 power plants in Egypt

Power Purchase Agreement

Commenting on the signing, Paddy Padmanathan, President & CEO of ACWA Power said, “Signing the PPA today represents a significant step in the development of the project, more importantly it demonstrates the commitment of the Egyptian government to encourage the participation of the private investors in infrastructure projects. We look forward to completing the financing arrangements and commence construction of the power plant to enable us to contribute to the development of the Egyptian power sector by delivering reliable, safe and cost effective electricity.”

The project will consist of the development, design, engineering, procurement, construction, financing, operations, and maintenance of a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine power plant capable of firing natural gas and alternative liquid fuel.First operational phase of the project is expected to begin in mid-2022 and full operations to commence by 2023.

The PPA is under a Build-Own-Operate framework with a term of 25 years. The project will be vital in meeting Egypt’s increasing demand for electricity over the next years, particularly in the Upper Egypt region.

ACWA Power is also pursuing a number of other opportunities to consolidate its presence and support the Egyptian Market, notably a 200MW Solar PV project in Kom Ombo and a pipeline of more than 500MW wind projects, in addition to three solar photovoltaic power plants in Benban of 165.5MWp total capacity within the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) program round II which are still under construction by ACWA Power.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi recently opened three new power stations in July built at a total cost of US $7bn as part of the country’s plans to plug a gap in power generation and fuel its development drive.

source: constructionreviewonline.com

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The government of Tanzania is set to receive support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for water supply project scheme aimed at providing access to safe and clean drinking water.

This water project is among 16 projects under the Water Resources Integration Development Initiative (WARIDI) implemented between November 2017 and October 2018. An additional 34 water projects will be constructed between 2019 and 2021. The 16 water projects server more than 160,000 people.

Also read: Malawi to receive US $15m fund for  Nkhata Bay water project

WARIDI initiative

The WARIDI initiative was implemented with an aim of promoting integrated water resources management and delivery services. It has a budget cost of US $48m with a focus area on Wami-Ruvu and Rufiji Water Basins of Tanzania.

The initiative is working closely with Tanzania’s public and private entities, civil society, to improve equitable delivery of water services and enhance integrated watershed management approaches from the basin to the household level.

WARIDI initiative also works hand in hand with the long term developments by the Tanzania government of providing basic services to enable economic prosperity and social well-being through improved water resources management, increased food security, and resilience to climate change.

The project scheme was commissioned in Msowero village, Kilosa district in Morogoro village and it is expected to benefit around 14,000,from the two regions, relieving off girls and women the burden of fetching water from a far distance.

Tanzania water statistics

In 2008, Tanzania had 96.27 km3 of renewable water resources per year corresponding to 2,266 m3 per person and year, this is according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). However, this is unevenly distributed.

Some regions in Tanzania receive 3,000mm of rain annually while other areas receive 600mm. During dry seasons, even the largest of rivers do dry up. Population growth and the resulting increase in consumption of water is projected to cause water stress that is average per capita water resources below 1,500 m3 by 2025.

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Funds have been provided by International Finance Corporation (IFC) which partnered with Gaia Energy to develop wind energy projects in Africa.

IFC head of InfraVentures for Sub-Saharan Africa David Donaldson confirmed the reports and said  wind energy and renewable energy in general are priority areas identified in the World Bank Group’s strategy.

IFC and Gaia Energy teamed up to create a joint platform for the growth of wind energy across Africa. The funding has been provided to develop a joint platform of 22 pipelines across nine countries in North, West and East Africa. The pipeline, originally developed by Gaia, will then be enlarged to other countries.

“Wind energy and renewable energy in general are priority areas identified in the World Bank Group’s strategy to advance climate solutions. The projects were in countries with strong wind potential.” said David.

Also Read: The Economic Case for Wind and Solar Energy in Africa

Wind energy and renewable energy in Africa

Close to US $843m of foreign investment from Western powers and the Middle East will be used to support the projects in renewable sector. The partnership is a key step in expanding our business in the countries where we are present, and hopefully beyond,” Moundir Zniber, Founder and President of Gaia explained.

Additionally, the African energy sector garnered international support in September with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Italian oil and gas company Eni forming a partnership aimed at improving access to sustainable energy in Africa.

source: constructionreviewonline.com

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Taiwan Cogeneration Corporation (TCC) has won an EPC contract worth more than TWD7bn ($228m) from Danish offshore wind power company Orsted for the first 900MW Greater Changhua projects in Taiwan.

Under the contract, TCC will construct two onshore substations, cable corridors, landfalls and transition joint bays for the projects.

This is the largest EPC contract for Taiwan’s offshore wind industry.


TCC-owned Star Energy will be responsible for onshore deliverables pertaining to design, procurement, construction and commissioning of onshore substation.

Star Energy will sign contracts with local sub-suppliers approved by Orsted, which will create around 800 to 1,000 local jobs.

Orsted has secured land lease rights in Lun-Wei district, within the Changhua Coastal Industrial Park, to build the two onshore substations.

Onshore work is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2019 after Orsted’s final investment decision.


Orsted Asia Pacific general manager Matthias Bausenwein said: “We are very pleased to collaborate with Taiwan Cogeneration Corporation on building our first two onshore substations.

“Onshore substation is a crucial piece of infrastructure for our Greater Changhua wind farms. It will allow the incorporation of green energy into the power grid and bring clean energy to the households of Taiwan. This also marks the first step of our onshore construction in Changhua starting from early 2019.”

From the early planning stage, Orsted has contracted Sinotech to implement the conceptual design and several surveying works that laid the foundation of the onshore substation EPC contract.

TCC chairman Chang Ming-Chieh said: “Orsted has placed the EPC contract for its onshore substation with Star Energy which is 100% owned by TCC. The procurement of electrical components (such as transformers, resistors, switchboards, cables, etc) and the civil engineering works will predominantly come from local suppliers.

“We estimate more than 85% of the entire project will be supplied by local suppliers and will create 800 to 1,000 new job opportunities. This will fulfil Orsted’s commitment to localise as much as possible the construction of the onshore substations.”

Star Energy chairman Tsai Ching-Fa said: “Orsted places great importance on QHSE standards. Star Energy was able to satisfy the requirements made by Orsted during the tendering period.

“We will also establish an external audit system to enhance the QHSE standards of our sub-suppliers, and to improve Taiwan’s overall quality of project management.”

source: worldconstructionnetwork.com

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The Government of Alberta in Canada will invest C$1bn ($762m) in Edmonton’s Valley Line West expansion project and C$131m in the of the C$328m Metro Line expansion project, which will provide affordable public transit options for Albertans in the capital region.

The Alberta government’s investment accounts for 40% of the C$2.6bn Valley Line West LRT expansion cost.


The expansion of the route will provide quicker transportation facility to 60,000 Edmontonians every day between downtown and Lewis Estates. The province will also invest in the Metro Line expansion from NAIT to the new Blatchford community.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said: “The Valley Line West project is about connecting Albertans from across this region to work, recreation, school and home.

“As with our support for the Southeast Valley Line LRT, this latest grant will also create much-needed local jobs, support the quality of life in the City of Edmonton and help to protect our environment now and in the future.”

Revenue from the Climate Leadership Plan, including the carbon levy, will be reinvested to improve Alberta’s economy, and support will be provided for green infrastructure projects such as transit.

The Valley Line West project is expected to support 20,000 direct and indirect jobs in Alberta during construction and an additional 5,300 jobs in the rest of Canada, during construction, operations and maintenance phases.

Expected to be completed in 2026, the route will run from Mill Woods through downtown to the west end, with connections to LRT and bus routes covering the city. The 14 stops include West Edmonton Mall, the Misericordia Hospital and the Brewery District.

The Metro Line expansion is expected to support 17,000 direct and indirect jobs in Alberta and an additional 1,600 jobs in the rest of Canada.

Minister of Transportation Brian Mason said: “The Valley Line West LRT is a priority for the city and for our government because it will provide an extended, affordable, accessible and environmentally sustainable transportation option in Edmonton.

“This funding supports our government’s commitment to invest in today’s public transportation to meet the needs of our growing population.”

The Government of Alberta said it will continue working with the City of Edmonton as plans and finances for the city’s full LRT expansion are developed.

source: worldconstructionnetwork.com


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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced last week that ADCO had won the tender to build the $27 million adolescent extended treatment facility (AETF) at Brisbane’s Prince Charles Hospital.

The $27 million Adolescent Extended Treatment Facility will accommodate a 12-bed residential unit, a 20-place day program, as well as integrated vocational and training programs. Prince Charles Hospital is among Queensland’s leading health facilities, with a strong research culture and long history of providing mental health services.

The planned extension was recommended by the Commission of Inquiry into the Barrett Adolescent Centre and was part of a Queensland Health strategy to reform and improve services for young people. This strategy identifies the need for a new bed-based extended treatment and rehabilitation centre for young people living with severe and complex mental health issues.

When complete, the residential unit’s design will be elegant and simple, providing a welcoming and accessible environment for day and vocational program members. Qld Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said ADCO had a track record in delivering quality capital works projects.

“Importantly, the firm has vast experience building health facilities including hospitals, mental health clinics and aged care centres,” he said. “I’m pleased that a firm of their calibre is in charge of building this facility.”
ADCO’s Queensland State Manager Simon Hawkins said his team went the extra mile to secure the tender. “Due to the location of the site, which is flanked by residential dwellings, a day care centre and hospital parking, the ADCO team had to develop strategies to ensure that the project would run smoothly,” he said.

“To do this, we focused on the handover of carparks throughout construction, developed a thorough community engagement programme, and provided value management items to remain competitive during the tender process. We also had outstanding pricing coverage from our local subcontractor base.”

ADCO’s CEO Neil Harding said that the company is regarded as builder of choice by clients in the health sector.

“ADCO has built over 50 health sector projects across Australia. Our clients return to us not only because of our experience in this area but for the thorough attention we give to highly complex builds.”

Another recent ADCO win in Queensland’s health sector was the design and construction of the $10 million Wynnum-Manly Community Health Centre, Gundu Pa, which won the ‘Health Facilities up to $20 million’ category at the prestigious Queensland Master Builders Association.

source: worldconstructiontoday.com

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Kier Construction Scotland’s project manager, Andy McTavish, scooped a Gold Award at the prestigious Construction Manager of the Year Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Wednesday 24 October with host, television presenter Hazel Irvine.

The awards event, run by the Chartered Institute of Building, is one of the most prestigious built environment awards and also one of the most unusual: it is the only event in Europe that celebrates excellence in construction management. 

Andy McTavish won the title of Construction Manager of the Year Award in the Higher Education category in recognition of his work at Ayr Academy for hub South West and South Ayrshire Council- a £24m state-of-the-art school that Kier Construction built to accommodate an additional 300 students over three storeys, providing a modern, creative and social learning environment with shared indoor and outdoor spaces.

Brian McQuade, managing director of Kier Construction Scotland and North East said:

“Only the very best in the industry reach the final of these awards so it’s extra special that Andy has won this prestigious accolade.

“Awards like these are so important in recognising the talent of individuals within the industry, particularly as the sector strives to combat the skills shortage by encouraging new and diverse talent to consider a career in construction.”

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The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust has signed the legal agreement to take back the running of the hospital and has apppointed Laing O’Rourke as management contractor to oversee the delivery of the remaining construction work, with practical completion to be reached in 2020.

Aidan Kehoe, chief executive of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust said:

“We are delighted to announce that we, The Hospital Company, lenders and the Government have all signed up to this agreement, that means construction can restart soon and that the new Royal will now be publicly funded.The agreement provides significant savings to the public sector and represents good value for money for the taxpayer.

All parties have worked extremely hard to resolve the issues caused by the collapse of Carillion. The lenders in particular have shown considerable goodwill in reaching this agreement. I would like to thank our local politicians who have continued to support our aims to get the new Royal restarted.

In particular, I’d like to thank our local MP Louise Ellman for her tireless and invaluable efforts, often behind the scenes, to ensure the new Royal is delivered.

Our priority now is for Laing O’Rourke to get work restarted as soon as possible. We hope to be able to continue working with the existing subcontractors so that work can be completed quickly.”

Paul McNerney, director at Laing O'Rourke said:

“Laing O'Rourke is delivering the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre next door to the new Royal and had been working closely with the team there already. The business now looks forward to partnering with the Trust directly to re-start these important works for the local community.”

The new Royal will provide single room ensuite accommodation for inpatients, with 646 bedrooms across 23 wards. It will have 18 state of the art operating theatres, one of the biggest Emergency Departments in the North West, with dedicated ambulance only access to and the hospital will have a large MHRA Phase 1 accredited clinical research facility, to support first in human clinical trials.Once the new Royal has opened, the current hospital will be demolished and landscaped to provide underground car parking and space for the creation of the Liverpool Health Campus.

source: worldconstructiontoday.com

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Contractor ITB Nigeria is using 6 COMANSA cranes for the construction of the "Azuri Peninsula" apartments, developed by Eko Development Company in a brand new city on reclaimed land in Lagos.

The keys of the 244 luxury apartments of the "Azuri Penisnula" complex will be amongst the first couple to be handed over of the entire Eko Atlantic project, a spectacular business and residential city under construction on an artificial peninsula in Lagos, the Financial Capital of Nigeria.

The State of Lagos and the Chagoury Group are leading this ambitious project that will allow Africa’s most populated country to gain around 10 square kilometres of land that was lost to the Atlantic Ocean, hoping to create an important business hub for the entire continent.

"Azuri Peninsula" is being built at the Marina District, one of the new ten districts of this city and the one that will concentrate most of its leisure opportunities. There are six COMANSA cranes working in this project all which belong to the fleet of the turnkey contractor ITB Nigeria FZE. The machines, all with flat-top design and maximum load capacity of 18 and 20 tonnes, are taking on the construction of the three towers that form the complex, of more than 140 metres in height and up to 32 floors.

Among the six cranes, two are model 21LC550, one is a 21LC335 model and the remaining three are 21LC290 model. All of them were erected initially with low heights, but the team from ITB Nigeria used the hydraulic jacking cages in different occasions to jack-up the machines as the buildings were growing taller. The cranes are now working at their maximum height, reaching the tallest up to 163.5 metres.

All COMANSA cranes at the "Azuri Peninsula" project were equipped with the Effi-Plus system, which increases significantly the hoisting speeds with light loads. “Due to the height of the buildings, it has been essential to rely on cranes with high hoist speeds", says Paul Kattar, Tower Crane Manager at ITB Nigeria. “The work cycles of the COMANSA cranes on site are very short, which increase its productivity, and helps us to also shorten work times", adds Kattar.

COMANSA’s PowerLift System, which improves the load diagram of the crane by 10%, was significantly used as well. According to Kattar, "The podium of the building is formed mainly by precast elements from 6 to 8 tonnes and concrete beams of different sizes with maximum weights up to 13 tonnes. For its construction, the PowerLift System had to assist us many times in certain operations in which we required a 10% extra capacity".

The cranes are working 24 hours a day, lifting steel structures during the daytime and helping with the concrete works during the night. Many weekends, the tower crane team had to move and fix the collars and jack the cranes up to leave them ready before Monday morning.

source: worldconstructiontoday.com


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L&T Construction, the construction subsidiary of L&T, has won orders worth INR13.29bn ($182m)across three business segments.

The company’s Water and Effluent Treatment Business has won a design and build (D&B) order worth INR7.1bn ($97m) from Qatar Public Works Authority Ashghal for the execution of 30MLD Industrial Area Sewage Treatment Works Phase III A.

The scope of work includes design, engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning with advanced treatment technology and high-end control and automation.

This is the third consecutive order secured from Ashghal by the Water and Effluent Treatment Business after the completion of Doha South and Al Shamal Sewage Treatment works.

L&T Construction’s Transportation Infrastructure Business has won an order worth INR4.81bn ($66m).


The Railways business unit of the Transportation Infrastructure Business vertical has secured a design and build order from Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL), a special purpose vehicle of the Indian Railways, which has been established to build dedicated freight corridors.

The scope of work involves 2x25kV overhead electrification, signalling and telecommunication and associated works in Mughalsarai-New Sonnagar-Chirailapathu section (70.3RKM/147.6TKM) of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor.

The Railways business unit is already executing the systems works contract for the New Karwandiya-New Durgauti Section (66RKM/133TKM) and electrification works for the adjacent Mughalsarai-Bhaupur Section (CP204; 417RKM/881TKM).

The business unit will carry out the electrification of a 550km continuous section of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor from Kanpur to New Sonnagar.

In another contract, the company’s Smart World Communication Business has secured an order worth INR1.38bn ($19m) from Bangalore Metro Rail to design, manufacture, supply, install, test and commission telecommunication systems for the extension of the Bangalore Metro Phase-1.

The scope of work includes public address systems, passenger information displays, master clocks, centralised data recording, Tetra radio communication, fibre optic transmission network, CCTV surveillance and Telecom - Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems.

The business unit is executing similar works for Lucknow Metro, Nagpur Metro and Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad.

source: worldconstructionnetwork.com

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