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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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Cement manufacturers are moving into hinterlands with the introduction of aggressive distribution network into remote areas in a bid to expand their market share.

The renewed aggression in the distribution of products is reflected in the brands’ delivery of their products directly to distributors in remote areas.

The manufacturers have also developed what is called cement distribution management, CDM, an en route diversion system, third party order that has resulted in easy delivery of products to the hinterlands.

Besides offering discounts, they are also offering other incentives such as mini trucks and additional credit for purchases, to drive profitability of distributors.

The brands competing for market dominance are Ibeto Cement, Enugu; Bua cement, Lagos; Eastern Bulkcem Company Limited, Lagos; Dangote Cement, Lafarge Cement WAPCO Nigeria Limited.

The major contenders for top position are Supaset, produced by Lafarge Cement WAPCO Nigeria Plc; 3X Portland cement, manufactured by Dangote Group, relegating existing major shareholders in the areas to third class position.

Vanguard  Companies and Markets findings in four states, Lagos, Osun, Imo and Ogun states show that Dangote’s 3X and Lafarge’s Supaset were the major products used by construction engineers, block moulders and bricklayers.

A visit to construction sites in Lagos, Osun, Imo and Ogun states, showed that consumers have different reasons why they buy both products.

For example, at a construction site located along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway in Lagos, majority of the contractors use the Dangote 3X, while some use the Lafarge Supaset.

Likewise, in Osun, especially at a construction site in Ede, the contractors are using Dangote Cement.

In Imo, the Dangote brand is creeping into the hinterlands where Elephant Cement earlier held sway, while in Ogun, Lafarge is topping the market, with remarkable in-roads being made by Dangote 3X.

Consumers speak

A contractor, Evans Ude, in charge of a building at Festac extension, Lagos, said “Dangote Cement has been a brand used mostly at construction sites because of the result they get from the product, especially now that it is raining. Lafarge is also good, may be the name behind the Dangote brand is responsible for volume of sale.”

A block moulder in Imo State, Ferguson Nwande said: “Dangote is making an incursion into the eastern market particularly in the hinterlands, it is pushing other brands to the second position.

The Dangote 3X cement gives faster setting and dries up faster; rain does not easily wash it off.

Anayo Okafor of Umudim village in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State. Another block moulder, Jimoh Olaoye, who plies his trade along Lagos-Badagry Expressway said he uses Dangote and Lafarge cement inter-changeably depending on situation call.

A civil Engineer, Jerome Iroka who is in charge of a site in Ede, Osun State said he prefers Dangote 3X Cement.

Analysing the performance of the cement brands, he said: “You know Lafarge has the Supaset cement.

The setting rate of Supaset is slower than that of Dangote. Dangote 3X sets faster than Lafarge’s Supaset. The use of the brands for me, depends on the weather condition of an area.

“During rainy season, I will prefer Dangote 3X cement because it sets faster and gets dried quickly when used for plastering.

“For Lafarge, it is slow at setting, when set, it gives you the value you need. The cement brands have what they can do better at different occasions. Both are good products.”

Distributors’ reaction

A distributor in Nkwere, Imo State and Director of Mazi and Brothers, Igwebuike Nnawuihe, said the number of Dangote 3X cement he has sold during this rainy season is voluminous. “I wondered what was happening. I was made to understand that it is as a result of recommendation by site engineers.

“Of the number of brands I have here, I think Dangote 3X is selling the highest.

For instance, today (October 4, 2018), I have sold 62 bags of Dangote cement. Lafarge’s Supaset – 41 bags and other brands are just minimal.”

Alhaji Ajose Inuwa of Anuoluwapo Ventures, Isasi Road, Iba Local Government confirmed that Dangote is doing well, but it is facing a lot of opposition from Lafarge Cement. “Go around Lagos, most of the cement bags you will see are the Dangote brand.


Source: Biz Watch Nigeria

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There are strong indications that private investors that will construct 14 solar independent power projects (IPPs) across the country at a cost of $2.5 billion will soon make their Final Investment Decisions (FIDs) as the federal government has extended the deadline for the expiration of the investors’ Put Call Option Agreements (PCOAs) till January 2019 to enable the project developers to wrap up their investments plans, it was has learnt.

The investors in the 14 solar IPPs signed Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) in July 2016.

It was gathered that the investors could not proceed with the projects following concerns raised by the federal government over the high tariffs embedded in the PPAs.

While the project developers were said to have proposed to build the IPPs, which will be located mostly in the northern states, at 11.5 cent per kilowatt hour, the federal government was said to have insisted on $0.075 cent per kilowatt hour (kWh).

It was gathered that following the failure of the investors to adjust to government’s tariff structure, NBET and the Federal Ministry of Power extended the deadline for the long-stop-date for the PCOAs till January 2019 after the initial extension expired in July 2018.

The long-stop-date is the last date by which the PCOAs must be agreed and signed by both parties given that the conditions have been met or the project would be terminated.

“It has been extended until January 2019. But NBET has informed the developers that this will be the final extension. PCOAs are now being initiated because some investors have agreed to do their projects at $0.075 cent per kilowatt hour (kWh) instead of the 11.5 cent per kWh proposed in the PPAs,” a source close to the transaction told newsmen.


Confirming the development, NBET’s Head of Communications, Henrietta Ighomrore, stated that the January 2019 extension is all-inclusive, adding that the investors are expected to conclude all that was necessary to move to site.

“The extended financial close is what was given until January. It is not just the PCOAs. It is to ensure that every other condition precedent is met, and the project is good to go.

“It is beyond the PCOAs. It is ensuring that your EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contract has been signed; your O&M (operation and maintenance) contract has been signed off and your financial agreement has been signed off. That is what the extension is about,” Ighomrore explained.

Newsmen had reported that the development plan for the solar projects which will generate 1,125 megawatts (MW) of power to the national grid was stalled as a result of the opaque procurement of their PPAs, as well as claims by the government that the tariffs approved were expensive.

According to documents obtained by newsmen, the then Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, had queried the 11.5 cent per kilowatt hour cost of power approved for the projects in the PPAs.

The finance minister had insisted that the average cost of procuring solar power globally had continued to decline, adding that on that basis, Nigeria was at the risk of an unhealthy sovereign risk exposure if it went ahead to approve PCOAs on 11.5 cent per Kwh for the projects.

Adeosun had also argued that with the development cost of solar power declining in the past few years, the tariffs should be reasonable.

She cited similar competitive procurements in South Africa, Zambia, Egypt and Ethiopia where prices were between five and seven cents per kWh.

source: today.ng

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Two dilapidated buildings next to those which collapsed in southern France were to be demolished Thursday, forcing rescue workers to call off their search after six bodies were pulled from the rubble.

Two people are thought to still be missing after two apartment buildings suddenly crumbled on Monday morning in the Mediterranean port city of Marseille.

A third building then collapsed later that day, slowing the search for survivors as rescue workers cautiously cleared the debris amid the risk that adjacent structures could fail as well.

Officials said late Wednesday they would have to destroy two more buildings at the site since they were no longer being supported by the adjacent structures.

Furious residents along the Rue d’Aubagne, many of whom have been evacuated from their homes, have accused city authorities of neglecting the safety risks at the derelict buildings despite years of complaints.

Mayor Jean-Claude Gaudin, the target of much of the criticism, will hold a press conference at 11:00 am (1000 GMT) to give an update on the situation and brief residents on the city’s plans for rehabilitating thousands of neglected lodgements.

“Gaudin, Fructus, murderers!” a crowd of around 100 protestors yelled at the site on Wednesday evening, referring to the mayor’s deputy in charge of housing, Arlette Fructus.

‘Nobody cares’

It was unclear when the search would resume since the two adjacent buildings would have to be torn down “piece by piece,” the government’s top official in the region, Pierre Dartout, said late Wednesday.

Marseille prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux said it was not yet clear why how the two buildings, dating from the late 18th century, collapsed in a matter of seconds after a night of heavy rains.

But one of the buildings in Noailles, a working-class district just steps from the city’s bustling port, had already been condemned by city officials and boarded up for years.


Google Maps images taken in recent months showed large cracks in the facades of the buildings.

City officials said building experts inspected the occupied building on October 18 and shoring up work was then carried out before residents were allowed back in.

And Tarabeux said a resident in one of the apartments had called firemen the night before the disaster to warn that a crack in the wall had widened, only to call back later and say an intervention was not necessary.

The revelations further fanned the anger of residents, who say their complaints have been ignored for years.

“It’s only blacks and Arabs living here, so nobody cares,” said Adama, originally from the Comoro Islands.

“I pay rent — 380 euros ($430) a month — and I even pay a municipal housing tax. But you’ve seen the state of the buildings,” the young man said.

City authorities say they began a vast housing renovation plan for the city centre in 2011,

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has said 6,000 properties have been identified as “at risk” in the city, representing some 44,000 lodgings, mainly in lower-class neighbourhoods.

A 2015 government report said about 100,000 Marseille residents were living in housing that was dangerous to their health or security.

“It’s unthinkable that such things happen in our time,” said Christian Gouverneur, who owns a flat across the road from the disaster site.

In a separate incident on Wednesday, a building with three apartments collapsed in the centre of Charleville-Mezieres in northeast France, the very day President Emmanuel Macron held a cabinet meeting in the city as part of his tour of World War I sites this week.

No victims were reported, though some 50 people were evacuated from neighbouring buildings.

source: www.today.ng

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The Kaduna State University will begin construction of the faculty of law, education and engineering buildings in 2019.

A document obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) indicates that cost of the projects is included in the state’s 2019 proposed budget before the State House of Assembly.

The document obtained on Monday at the state’s Planning and Budget Commission in Kaduna says a total of N7.311 billion is allocated to the university of which N4.0 billion is for capital expenditure.

Its breakdown indicates that N2.042 billion out of the N4.0 billion would be spent on construction and furnishing of faculty of law, education and engineering, their departments and lecture theatres (phase I).

Another project proposed for execution is the satellite campus of the university at Lere Local Government Area of the State, put at N50 million.

The document also indicates that N21.646 million will be spent on the construction of Economics Department building and N22.750 million on construction of Pharmaceutical Sciences building.


“The construction of 1,000 Seat Capacity Auditorium Complex would gulp N39.131 million, while N86.303 million would be spent on the construction and furnishing of faculty of agricultural science, Phase II.

“The construction of faculty of environmental sciences (phase II) got N58.730 million and N88.234 million for the construction, furnishing and supply of equipment for the faculty of social and management sciences (phase II).

“Upgrading of computer centre was allocated N46.025 million, installation of campus-wide surveillance system and instructional facilities, N38.546 million, while N20.252 million would be spend on construction of students’ IT Park at Kafanchan Campus.

“Construction and equipping of three workshops as well construction of 300 seat capacity lecture hall at Kafanchan Campus got N72.796 million and N18.486 million respectively.

“Procurement of equipment for department of physics got N95.737 million and construction and furnishing of faculty of science (Phase II) got N90.690 million,” the document said.

The Kaduna State Government in Aug. presented its 2019 budget of N155 billion to the State House of Assembly for approval, with education allocated 27.1 per cent of the total budget.

source: www.today.ng

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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.

source: constructionreviewonline.com


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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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