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The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has secured US $1.06m grant from the United States Trade Department and Administration (USTDA) for rural electrification in Nigeria. AEDC Managing Director (MD), Engr. Ernest Mupwaya signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Institute for the project.

The project is in partnership with USTDA and Colorado’s Mountain Institute. Engr. Ernest Mupwaya said that the funds is jeered towards helping the disco to provide electricity to underserved electricity communities through the implementation of the mini-grids. While the USTDA is providing the funds, the Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Institute will carry out the feasibility study on the project.

Rural electrification

“We have designed a strategy which seeks to holistically examine how the obvious huge gaps in the level of electrification can be narrowed. In addition, we are developing and implementing initiatives to improve the quality of supply in urban areas. We  are also considering how we can close up the gaps in rural areas where the challenges, some of which include the affordability of electricity, long distances which require extensive network remain unique to these areas,” said Engr. Ernest.

“With this support from the USTDA and Rocky Mountain Institute, we are going to be able to conduct a feasibility study that will identify specific opportunities for different areas so that we can ultimately have bankable solutions, which in turn can facilitate partnerships with other investors. This will enable us to achieve sustainable overall improvement consistent with our desire to provide quality electricity to our franchise area,” he added.

The project involves providing 1,370 solar-powered mini-grids with energy storage systems. The the study will include; the identification of optimal locations for complimentary mini-grid deployments within the catchment area of AEDC, development of an integrated distribution framework that combines the central grid with decentralized off-grid power solutions, which will, where appropriate, include mini-grids, off-grid mini-grids, grid extension projects and solar home systems and support the development of a strategic plan for 100% electrification and 24/7 supply starting from Abuja.

 

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Nigeria is set to commence construction of four oil refineries in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna in January 2020. The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari revealed the report and said that the corporation is determined to ensure the refineries achieve optimum refining capacity by 2022.

“The aim of repairing the refineries is to restore the country’s refining capacity. We are doing everything possible between October and December this year to close out all necessary conditions for us to deliver on the project,”said Mele Kyari.

Largest oil and gas producer in Africa

Nigeria is the largest oil and gas producer in Africa. Crude oil from the delta basin comes in two types: light, and comparatively heavy the lighter around 36 gravity and the heavier, 20–25 gravity. Both types are paraffinic and low in sulfur.

The four refineries have a combined capacity to refine 445,000 barrels per day of crude oil. However in the last 15–20 years had a poor operating record with average capacity utilization hovering between 15 and 25% per annum.

As a result, 70–80% of the national petroleum products demand is met through import. As at 2017, the aggregate demand of petroleum products in Nigeria was equivalent to 750,000 bpsd.

The four oil refineries

The first refinery in Port Harcourt was commissioned in 1965 to process 60,000 barrels of oil per stream day (bpsd), as well as the second plant commissioned in 1989, which has a capacity of 150,000 bpsd.

Both refineries have a combined capacity of 210,000 barrels per stream day making it the biggest oil refining company in Nigeria. They both had the last Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) in 2000. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Italian oil giant, ENI and NNPC which committed to the refurbishment of the both Port Harcourt Refineries

Rehabilitation works will be done be in two phases, with both the ENI and the original  participating in the process. At the end of the first phase, the Port Harcourt refinery is projected to reach 60% capacity utilization, increasing to a minimum of 90%.

The decision to construct the third Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) refinery in Kaduna was taken in 1974 along with that of the second NNPC refinery located at Warri.  the refinery was designed for a capacity of 60,000 BPSD but modified to produce 100,000 BPSD.

Kaduna proved to be a central location for distributing petroleum products to depots in the northern zone, as the Warri and Port Harcourt refineries proved for the supply of petroleum products to depots in the southern and middle belt zones.

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Construction of US $50m church auditorium project in Nigeria nears completion. The church which is being funded by Senior Pastor and founder, Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare is located at First Bank bus stop on Oregun road.

The project dubbed ‘The Citadel’ sits on a one-acre piece of land and is Dome-shaped. It will feature a 3-level basement parking, retaining walls with ground floor and additional four suspended floors and galleries with a helipad.

The Citadel

The complex will also have lecture rooms, counseling hall for first timers, diesel tanks and dumps, electrical device, exit driveways, waste material treatment site, a senate chamber with an expansive workplace for Bakare as the church’s supervisor alongside a picturesque diner/posh restaurant, baptismal pool and a well-kitted beauty parlor, spa and functional gym.

The project has been designed to give give worshipers an ambiance for their vehicles to ramp down to the basement car parks and will sit designer for their convenience. Italian Civil Engineering Giant, Cappa & D’Alberto Plc is the project contractor of the development. Upon completion the church complex will host the Latter Rain Assembly’s international headquarters.

 
In 2016, Bakare hosted in Lagos a fundraising event for the completion of the ultra-modern worship complex with the likes of his friend and Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai and other dignitaries in attendance. He committed much of his privately-earned income into the completion of The Citadel.

The church’s present expansive assembly at Akilo Road in Ogba, Lagos, which is their only branch in Lagos, would remain there, though, Bakare’s Latter Rain Assembly does not believe in replication of church branches.

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Equatorial Guinea is set to construct West Africa’s first LNG storage and regas plant. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons announced the plans and said that the project aims to monetise gas resources through the creation of domestic gas-to-power infrastructure.

The plant will be built by American manufacturer Corban Energy Group and spearheaded by local construction and engineering firm Elite Construcciones. German companies ESC Engineers and Noordtec are also  working closely with Elite Construcciones in the design, development and construction of the LNG project.

Akonikien LNG project.

The Akonikien LNG project will have a storage capacity of 14,000 cubic meters with 12 bullet tanks. The tanks will have a capacity of 1,228 cubic meters and dimensions of 31 meters by 9.3 metres by 8.8 metres. Each tank is estimated to require 12 hours to complete the 12,000-metre distance from the port to the new plant.

The storage plant will be located at the Port of Akonikien on the country’s mainland. This will enable the transportation and storage of LNG from the country’s LNG plant at the Punta Europa Gas Complex on Bioko Island, to Akonikien on the southern border of the mainland.

It will then be fed into the regasification plant to be distributed to smaller-scale power plants and LNG power stations throughout the country, as well as exported to neighbouring countries. Elite Construcciones will also install a truck loading station and 12 kilometres of 10-inch gas and diesel pipelines.

West Africa’s first LNG storage and regas plant

“This terminal will be the the first of many upcoming projects under the LNG2Africa initiative. LNG2Africa has a clear objective of developing small-scale LNG projects to supply gas to countries and regions with limited infrastructure,” said Mr. Gabriel.

LNG2Africa initiative was launched by the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons in 2018, the initiative seeks to facilitate the production and trade of LNG through the creation of domestic gas-to-power infrastructure and intra-African LNG industry.

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The federal government of Nigeria has announced plans to deliver one million affordable houses every year in bid to address housing deficit in the country.

Minister of state, works and housing, Abubakar Aliyu announced the plans during an inspection of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) mass housing project in Zuba, Federal Capital Territory and said that the government is set to provide enabling environment to attract investors into the housing sector for the project to commence.

Affordable housing 

“The government has decided to improve on current construction of 100,000 houses per years in order to meet the basic needs of the people. By delivering one million houses per year, we will close the 17 million housing shortfall by the year 2033. That is the target of government, we are committed to doing that and to ensure that the programmes, policies are accomplished,” said Abubakar.

The minister further affirmed that problems associated with acquisition of lands would be addressed. The houses will be designed specifically for the middle and low income earners both in the public and private sector and the self-employed, once they meet up with the criteria.

Zuba project

The Zuba project is located near the Zuba Model Market, the Zuba Spare Parts Market and the FCT College of Education. The project which was to be completed by August was delayed because of the rainy season. The 764 housing units is at 75% completion stage.

Rising population, rapid urban migration and uncoordinated policy direction of the government are some of the critical factors deepening the housing gap. Building in Nigeria is also very expensive and this is due to the high cost of building materials, high costs of skilled labour, and the costs associated with public infrastructure such as sewers and roads. The high cost of building in Nigeria, as well as lack of proper mortgage finance market, has frustrated the efforts of many Nigerian with stable jobs who want to own a home of their own.

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Mozambique has launched the 40MW Mocuba power in the province of Zambézia, in eastern part of the country. President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi performed the inauguration ceremony.

The solar plant project built by a consortium of Scatec Solar and partners, covers an area of 200 hectares, 170 hectares of which are occupied by the solar panels of the plant. It’s presently dominated by hydropower with dams on the Zambezi River, as well as the Cahora Bassa dam (2,075 MW).

Mocuba power plant

According to Raymond Carlsen, Managing Director of Scatec Solar, the plant  which will be connected to the national grid, will make a significant contribution to increasing the country’s share of renewable energy by providing clean energy to about 175,000 households.

“We are proud to complete the primary giant-scale alternative energy plant in the African nation in shut cooperation with our partners. The star plant is a vital contributor to extend the share of renewable power within the country by delivering clean energy to around a 175,000 households,” said Raymond Carlsen.

The independent power producer (IPP) Scatec Solar is part of the consortium that owns the Mocuba solar photovoltaic plant. The other shareholders of the project are; the state-owned company Electricidade de Mozambique (EDM) and KLP Norfund Investments, a financial institution owned by the Oslo-based insurance company.

The Mocuba solar project was also supported by the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), a multi-donor organization with members from seven European countries and the World Bank Group.

The electricity produced will be sold EDM under the 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) signed in 2016 during a statement that the clean energy made by the Mocuba plant can contribute to avoiding regarding seventy-5,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per annum.

 

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The first fast train line in Africa is fully operational. Railway infrastructure constructor Colas Rail, who built the project announced the reports

Al Boraq high-speed train line

The Al Boraq high-speed train line links the cities of Tangier and Casablanca, in Morocco. It was inaugurated in Morocco in November last year by King Mohammed VI in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron.

Colas Rail subsidiary Colas Rail Morocco, in a consortium with engineering company Egis Rail, won a design-build contract for the high-speed line. The consortium built a 182 km/s electrified double track between Tangier and Kenitra.

First fast train line
According to Colas Rail Africa business Development Director Frédéric Priest, the railway allows for a maximum operational speed of 320 km/h and leads to a two-and-a-half-hour gain between Tangiers and Casablanca.

Construction works on the project included track studies and construction of catenaries and two base camps. Frédéric Priest added that some of the high-speed-line project key figures included two-million tons of ballast, 50 000 t of rail, 700 000 sleepers, 400 km of track and a 25 kV catenary.

About 5 000 workers were mobilized during this project out of which 95% were recruited from the areas of Tangier, Casablanca and Rabat. Colas Rail laid 18 km of rail track – 10 km on the Kamsar port site and 8 km in Tuinguilinta. More than 75 000 t of ballast were transported to the site, along with 14 500 t of various machines and material.

“In Morocco, it was a legally binding solicitation. Our customer, Morocco national railroad administrator the ONCF Agency, requested that we consider the nearby combination of aptitudes by making an instructional hub during the task. In Africa, Colas and Colas Rail are accustomed to working with nearby accomplices and preparing neighborhood individuals on location. It is a solid duty from our side and we trust in this model,” said Frédéric Priest.

 

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Financial closure for the 250MW West Bakr wind farm project in Egypt has been reached nearly four years since the developer, Lakela Power, a 60-40 joint venture between Actis and a consortium led by Ireland-based wind and solar developer Mainstream Renewable Power, first signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) over the project.

The US government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have provided subsidy for the project. Also Read:Egypt to hold community consultation for Hamrawein coal power project

Construction work to commence the soonest.
Lekela CEO Chris Antonopoulos announced that at this stage construction works should commence as soon as possible at the projects site situated 30 km north-west of Ras Ghareb, the northernmost of the markazes (municipalities) in the Red Sea Governorate of Egypt. The power plant will be fitted with 96 units of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy’s (BME:SGRE) SG 2.6-114 turbines through a turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, that states that the later will provide a 15-year long-term maintenance services as well. Lakela West Bakr wind farm is expected to be fully operational in 2021 with a capacity to produce 1,000GWh per year, enough to power more than 350,000 homesteads.

Wild life protection initiative
Lekela power has put into consideration that the West Bakr Wind farm site is a significant bird migration path and is therefore working closely with authorities to ensure that wildlife is protected. For instance, it has signed a protocol with the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency and its Migratory Soaring Birds project to contribute towards the funding and implementation of the Migratory Birds Monitoring training programme.Furthermore, the company is participating in a “shut down on demand” programme. This programme will enable the turbines to stop when birds are detected.

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The county government of Mombasa has forwarded to the state’s Department of Housing and Urban Development, an ambitious plan to upgrade the coastal city to a manufacturing and value addition hub with world-class infrastructure.

Dubbed Mombasa County Urban Regeneration Project, the plan was crafted by the county government department of housing and urban development in consultation with the ministries of Tourism and Environment. Experts from Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and Technical University of Mombasa were also involved.

Major projects in the plan
The plan includes construction of an international conference center namely Mombasa International Convention Centre (MICC) which is expected to cost between US $58m and US $97m.

Upon completion the Convention Centre will increase the average annual hotel occupancy from the current 40% to 80% by 2025 and ensure all year-round foreign and local visits.

To address the growing concerns in cancer management, the county also plans to establish a comprehensive cancer care and treatment center on a land that will be provided by the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), so that diagnosed patients will not have to travel to Nairobi or abroad for treatment.

Moreover, the plan outlines construction of US $483m affordable homes in Miritini Green, Changamwe, Tudor, Khadija, Mzizima, Buxton, Likoni Customs, Likoni Flats, Nyerere, Mvita, Tom Mboya and Kaa Chonjo estates in an effort to plug a 380,000 unit deficit in the city.

Other Projects
Other projects in the plan include construction of a US $6m high-rise vehicle parking lot at Makadara grounds with a capacity to accommodate at least 1000 vehicles; a lay out of a US$ 10m, 46.9km storm water drainage system that cuts across Mvita, Changamwe, Jomvu, Kisauni, Nyali and Likoni sub-counties to address recurrent floods that have led to loss of lives and property in the past.

Additionally, the county eyes construction of a fish port plus processing plant and a slaughterhouse at the cost of US $24m and US $16m respectively. On the plan is also a start of a US $60m bus rapid transport system to ease movement within the City.

All the projects will be funded through a Public Private Partnership (PPP), more specifically, the tourism fund, government loans and development partners.

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According to news organisation CNN, the project is being headed up by Italian architect Stefano Boeri alongside Egyptian designer Shimaa Shalash and Italian landscape architect Laura Gatti, who revealed designs for three buildings covered in planted terraces in the desert, 30 miles east from Cairo.

The development will include three tower blocks, each measuring 30m in height, and will reportedly comprise 350 trees and 14,000 shrubs of over 100 species overall. Two of the properties will be residential apartments and one will be a hotel, according to the report.

Speaking to CNN, Shalash said that she had been working on the vertical forest residential development with Boeri for the past five years.

“Egypt is witnessing a flourishing moment in terms of new planning and real estate development. This is the moment to be present,” said Shalash reportedly. “We couldn't think of a better start than introducing environmentally sustainable architecture solutions.”

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Bouygues Batiment International construction company has together with their modular construction laboratory Dragages Singapore, completed the construction of the 459 feet Clement Canopy buildings in Singapore. With its completion, the building is now the holder of world’s tallest modular buildings title which was previously held by George Street, a 135-metre tower erected by Tide Construction in Croydon, England.

The 40 stories Clement Canopy is a housing project situated on the heart of a residential and student district in Singapore. The two towers structure made up of 1,899 modules was designed by a local architectural farm known as ADDP Architects and it houses 505 two-, three- and four-bed apartments, with a swimming pool complex at the base.

Clement Canopy


Bouygues Bâtiment International’s head of modular construction Aurélie Cleraux said that each of the 1,899 modules was around 85% finished off-site, before being transported and assembled onsite.

“The module’s structures were precast in a yard in Senai, Malaysia, then a factory in Tuas, west Singapore, carried out the fit-outs including painting, windows frames and glazing, doors, wardrobes and MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) to a nearly finished stage,” revealed Aurélie Cleraux,

He added that upon arrival at the site, the modules were stacked and installed at the same time the concrete core was built in a carefully choreographed sequence.

Benefits of Modular Construction
The team embarked on this challenging mode of construction due to the many gains it comes in handy with. First, by industrializing and building 50% of the project offsite, loss of time due to poor on-site weather conditions are eliminated. Secondly, each module can be manufactured under strict quality control, treatments, and defects can be managed prior to handover hence dwindling the chances of imperfection. And lastly, it is more eco-friendly in that it increases onsite waste management.  According to Cleraux, this method enabled them to practically reduce waste onsite by 70% and around 30% offsite with a central materials and logistics platform.

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