Updates: Africa

The construction work on Thika bypass link road begins

Construction work on the four roads linking Garissa highway to Thika bypass has commenced. The US $14.9m project will include tarmacking of the first 2.1km stretch from Engen to Kiganjo junction.

According to H Young, the contractor for the 2.1km stretch class D road, the road’s two lanes and carriageway shoulders will be completed in a week. “We guarantee that the tarmac laid will last more than 20 years,” said site agent Engineer Earnest Ruto.

Afterwards, the contractor will embark on Broadway-Athena link road, BAT-Kiganjo link road and Kivulini-Kiganjo link road.

Speaking while commissioning the construction of the first link road, Thika Town MP Patrick Wainaina said that once completed, the bypass will ease traffic getting into Thika town and its environs by offering alternative routes.

Traffic ease

It is expected that once completed, motorists driving towards Nairobi from Garissa and those coming from Nyeri, Meru and Murang’a heading towards Garissa will not need to pass through the town.

       “This will help ease traffic along Garissa road and open up Kiganjo, Kiang’ombe, Kiandutu and Athena to investors”

       The bypass will also reduce the time taken to drive to Nairobi to 25 minutes and thus make Thika an ideal residential area for those who work in Nairobi,” Mr Wainaina said.

Thika West deputy county commissioner Tom Anjere called on investors to take advantage of the ongoing road expansion works to set up affordable residential apartments to help meet the government’s housing agenda.


Sourced: https://constructionreviewonline.com/2018/02/construction-work-thika-bypass-link-road-kicks-off/

Sierra Leone to construct Bumbuna II Power project

The government of Sierra Leone is planning to persuade the Environment Protection Agency to award the Environment and Social Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) license for the commencement of work on the Bumbuna II project.

On completion, the project will generate 143MW of electricity for communities across Sierra Leone.

According to the Deputy Minister of Energy, Osmond Hanciles, presently the west African country enjoys 20% access rate to electricity supply, however, when the Bumbuna II project reaches completion, electricity accessibility rate will be 30%.

       “We have tried to improve the distribution capacity of the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA) because in 2007 there were 47KW hours, but it is now 400KW hours. This is a significant improvement in the energy sector,” he said.

He added that the country now has the capacity to accommodate over 100MW within Freetown and its surrounding areas.

Completion of Bumbuna II project

Hanciles assured that when the Bumbuna II project is complete, the ministry of energy and its utility companies will be able to supply at least 80MW without any glitches.

According to the Executive chairman of SELI Hydropower, Patrick Olufemi Beckley, they have put mitigating strategies in place to prevent potential hazard in areas where Bumbuna II project will be.

Initially, SELI Hydropower intended to implement the Bumbuna II produce so that it would produce 365MW electricity, and supply to major historic towns in Tonkolili District. However, President Ernest Bai Koroma wants the people to stay within their environment. They also should not be disturbed by the project.

“After that statement, we decided to reduce it to 143MW. We also thanked President Koroma for thinking about the welfare of the people,” said Beckley.

Sourced: https://constructionreviewonline.com/2018/02/sierra-leone-construct-bumbuna-ii-power-project/

Tanzania to undertake construction of Iron ore mining and smelting plants

Tanzania is planning to start local commercial production of iron ore and steel by the construction of related smelting plants. The National Development Corporation (NDC) has said that the country is also expecting to produce 1.1 million metric tones per year, with the first batch export expected in four years’ time.

Construction of the iron ore mining and smelting plants at Liganga is expected to start off early next year, while they are expected to give off something from 2018. China International Mineral Resources Limited (TCIMRL) and NDC have entered into a joint venture to see through the construction of the plants.

Local production is expected to cut down the amount of iron ore and steel imported into Tanzania to support the construction of bridges and highrise buildings, according to Mlingi Mkucha, the acting NDC Managing Director. The project is also expected to help the country realise its 2025 vision and move to a middle-income economy.

The country is targeting at constructing an iron and steel metallurgical complex in order to achieve the targets. The Minister for Energy and Minerals Prof Sospeter Muhongo has received two licenses for the Liganga Iron Ore and Mchuchuma Coal Mine.

NDC is also planning additional construction projects, including 600-MW electricity, coal mine construction and iron ore mine construction. To support the iron production complex, the company is also planning on the installation of a transmission line from Mchuchuma to Liganga. The mines will also be served by a 75-kilometre tarmac road to be constructed too.

Sichuan Hongda Group and NDC have created a Tanzania China International Mineral Resources Limited (TCIMRL) through a joint venture partnership entered in 2011. Together, they intend to invest US$1.3 billion in building 600 MW thermal power station, and coal mining project to see the production of 3.0 million tonnes a year of coal; among other projects.

Sourced: https://constructionreviewonline.com/2014/10/tanzania-to-undertake-construction-of-iron-ore-mining-and-smelting-plants/

Construction work start on Africa’s tallest building in Kenya

Construction work has commenced on Africa’s tallest building in Kenya. This is after His Excellency; the President of Kenya laid the foundation stone recently.

The 70-floor mixed-use twin tower development dubbed Pinnacle Towers is located in Nairobi’s Upperhill area and will cost a whopping US$ 194m for it to be complete.

It will encompass a 45-floor Hilton hotel that is being developed by Hass Petroleum and White Lotus Group and at 900 feet; the building will have the highest viewing deck in Africa.

There will also be 200 residential houses ran by Hilton Hotel that will include one bedroom, two bedrooms, and three bedroom fully furnished luxury apartments.

“Pinnacle Towers will also have a helipad at over 800 feet, making it the highest on the continent. We thought it wise to put the helipad here so that people can fly directly to the hotel and beat Nairobi’s hectic traffic,”

Hass Petroleum Executive Chair, East and Central Africa Abdinasir A. Hassan said during the laying of the foundation.

To this point, the developers have spent US$ 14m in the construction of the foundation and preparation stage. The total cost will be fully funded through equity and debt.

Pinnacle Towers will be among the tallest buildings in the world with Dubai’s Burj Khalifa being the tallest currently at 800M, Malaysia’s Petronas Towers stands at about 400M which compares well with The Pinnacle’s 300M.

The mega development is projected to be complete by December 2019, although the 255-room hotel may be completed earlier.

White Lotus Group is an American vertically integrated Real Estate Development Firm which optimizes design, financing, implementation, delivery, and operation of complex or re-purposed real estate assets.

Source: https://constructionreviewonline.com/2017/05/construction-work-start-on-africas-tallest-building-in-kenya/

Kenya – Tanzania Highway


The African Development Bank (AfDB) is currently looking for a financial partner capable of investing Sh40 billion into the construction of an Sh78bn highway, connecting Kenya to neighbouring Tanzania. The whole process will take 36 months and should start later this year.

Kenya and Tanzania are set to construct two link roads that will ensure better movement of goods between the two countries. This deal was sealed during the Tanzanian president’s two-day official visit to Kenya. They agreed that there was a need to build a better relationship.

The Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta said that the road will be a major milestone to the two countries in terms of developing their economies.

We have a plan to ensure that we speed up the construction of the road from Bagamoyo to Malindi and the other one through Isebania to open up the western region to enable our people to travel in a way that is safe and affordable 

The Bagamoyo – Malindi highway has been on record and developing since the year 2014 but has not yet been actualised.

The 445-km Malindi to Bagamoyo highway begins from Malindi and moves through Mombasa and Lunga Lunga on the Kenyan side before crossing into Tanga (Tanzania) through Pangani and Saadani to Bagamoyo. The new road, whose environmental and social impact studies are ongoing, hopes to boost tourism and trade along the Indian Ocean coastline.

The improved infrastructure will help in easing movement of tourists along the Kenya-Tanzania coastline, added Zankli

The AfDB is a key player in the regional transport infrastructure sector. Their current portfolio in Eastern Africa totals an estimated Sh900 billion. They funded the construction of the Arusha – Namanga-Athi River road. Moreover, the ongoing Arusha-Holili and Taveta-Voi road have already been completed on the Kenyan side.


Sourced: https://constructionreviewonline.com/2017/11/construction-work-us-751-2m-kenya-tanzania-highway-begin-2018/

The Second Niger bridge


In April 2013, the construction project of the second Niger Bridge was going through a concession under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme on a design, build, finance and operate basis. Roughton were commissioned to provide the Federal Ministry works with transaction advisory services.

Although it wasn’t supposed to be an Igbo project, it has been branded as Igbo and will be treated like everything belonging to the Igbo. They wanted to leave the project to see if the Federal Government and the international investors would realise.

President Goodluck Jonathan was the one who flagged up the construction of the bridge and from then actual work started. By doing this, he thought that he would win a second term, during which he could complete the bridge but in fact, he lost the election. Ohanze Caretaker Committee (OCC) had lamented that former President Jonathan had

lied to Ndigbo about awarding contract for the construction of the 

         Second Niger bridge”

The fear is that this statement could derail the bridge project rather than enhancing it.

A consortium, Julius Berger Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), was working on the project on the basis of design, build, finance, operate and transfer at a total cost of N108 billion. The Bureau of the Public Procurement (BPP) reviewed the concessionaire’s cost of N138 billion and knocked it down to N108 billion. 28% of the project costs have come from the Federal Government who have committed to contribute N30 billion. In September 2015, they had committed N18.3 billion. The remaining 72% will be raised by the consortium under a 25-year concession. (NSIA) had spent the sum of $2.21 million on consultancy and another $247.586 on due diligence to determine project viability.

Based on liable information, over the years the project did not stop but they had been delayed due to the rainy season which would naturally stall engineering and construction work. December 2015 was when they completed the final phase. President Buhari had stopped work on the project as it was in his countries interests to hold onto the project. Any review would raise the cost owing to the depreciation of the Naira. At the start of the project, the exchange rate stood at N154/$. By 2015, the Naira had depreciated to N197/$.

The bridge project had a development and completion time frame of four years from financial close, the point at which private capital is successfully raised. The bridge is set to be finished in 2017.

Since then the Government under President Muhammadu Buhari has committed to completing every Federal project in the South East, in particular, the Second Niger Bridge. Chief Willie Obiano urged the people to apply for the second phase of his N20 million initiative which was geared towards developing every community simultaneously and empowering the youth. Vice President Osinbajo

               “President Buhari went to China to negotiate with them about the

                Second niger bridge and other roads in east, west geo-political zone.

               All these are put in place to ensure the completion of Onitsha express roads.” 

Vice President Osinbajo urged the National assembly to put into consideration and accommodate all the Federal projects in their deliberations.

When it has finally been built it will surpass the world’s longest bridge in China (42.4km) to become the world’s longest.


Source: https://guardian.ng/opinion/the-second-niger-bridge-facts-and-figures/