Zambia, Botswana to construct railway across Zambezi

Zambia and Botswana have signed a US $259m agreement to construct a 430km long railway to link the two countries across the Kazungula Bridge.

Zambia Railways Ltd and Botswana Railways’ boards resolved during a meeting held in Kasane to facilitate the construction of the lengthy line and a show of cooperation. According to Zambia Railways board chairperson Lubinda Linyama, construction of the project scheduled to begin soon after the 900-metre-long Kazungula bridge is completed and commissioned by June next year.

Mosetse-Kazungula-Livingstone railway

The railway project  dubbed, “Mosetse-Kazungula-Livingstone”, is aimed to reduce transit time and transportation costs for both the people and boost trade trade in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The actual cost of the project will be established after undertaking a feasibility study.

“The project was proven feasible and as a quicker means of  transporting  goods and passengers in addition to roads to ease transportation problems and once completed will benefit all other countries in the 16-country-member region and bolster trade in real time,” said Mr. Lubinda.

“Zambia is up to date with its financial obligations for the construction of the Kazungula bridge which we are co- financing with Botswana to accelerate its completion,” he added.

Linyama also allayed fears that the bridge would not be complete in due course following rescheduling of the completion timetable but assured that the two countries were determined to ensure the project was completed as planned despite challenges faced in recent months.

“We are determined to undertake this (railway line) project despite the challenges that may arise.” said the board chairperson.

Source: Infrastructure


Tanzania begins construction of US $1.38bn Rufijii hydropower plant

Tanzania marked the beginning of construction of Rufiji power plant Rufiji Hydropower Project (RHPP) at Stiegler’s Gorge with President John Magufuli laying the foundation stone.

The government officially handed over the area around the 2,115-MW Rufiji hydro project to joint venture contractors Arab Contractors Company and Elsewedy Electric Company. Arab Contractors received a contract to design and construct the dam and power plant in October 2018.

“Today we save the people of Tanzania from shortage of power. Our envisaged industrial economy needs adequate, cheap and reliable power supply through hydrogeneration. This project has stalled for many years. We will build it with our own money,” said President Magufuli.

Rufiji power plant

Construction of the facility will involve building a main dam and appurtenant structures, with expected reservoir length of 100 km, covering an area of about 1,350 square km. The dam height is about 134 meters. The dam will be fourth largest in Africa and ninth in the world.

The power plant which is being built for the Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (Tanesco), upon completion will will more than triple the country’s current installed hydropower capacity of 562 MW. The project will cost an estimated US $1.38b and is set to be completed in 2022.

Shadow minister for energy John Mnyika however said the project is costly and will have an adverse economic impact. He said in parliament that construction of the power plant could take nine to 12 years, contrary to the government’s insistence that it is a three-year project. He pointed out that costs are likely to jump from US $1.38 bn to US $9.8bn as a result of cost overruns.

Source: Infrastructure


Construction of US $180m brewery plant in Mozambique on track

The construction of US $180 million brewery plant in Mozambique is on track despite the late start of the ambitious project by beverage company Cervejas de Moçambique’s (CDM’s). 

The late start and constraints saw geotechnical specialist Franki Africa make efforts to ensure partial handover of the foundations and lateral support to allow the main contractor progress with construction works.

“We have managed to partially handover different areas to allow the main contractor carry on with works smoothly. The design team is working in hand with the client’s engineers are working tirelessly to overcome any arising challenges,” said Botelho.

Brewery plant

CDM, the project owner broke ground last year December for construction of the two million hectolitre brewery in Mozambique’s Marracuene district which is about 30 KM North of Maputo.

The project is one of the largest in the beer sector in Mozambique since the inception of CDM in 1995. The new brewery is scheduled to begin producing its first batch of beer at the end of the year. The plant is expected to produce about 200 million litres of beer annually.

Franki will carry out geotechnical works on the project and will also be responsible for the installation of foundation and lateral support piling for different structures of the brewery, according to the company’s engineer Marta Botelho.

The project’s duration has been extended from five weeks to ten weeks and as a result, the contract value has increased from US $1.5m to US $2.5m owing to additional works required. This is attributed to the late start of the project which has attributed to the project’s stringent timeline.

Source: Infrastructure


South Africa unveils plans for Gautrain 2 project

South Africa has unveiled plans for the second Gautrain project. Gautrain CEO Jack van der Merwe, revealed the reports while addressing the Southern African Transport Conference.

The CEO said that the agency is set to to construct additional 150km of railway line and another 19 stations to the existing network. Van der Merwe declared that the public-private partnership (PPP) feasibility for the project dubbed Gautrain 2 and which is a strategic infrastructure project in the National Development Plan (NDP) has been finalized and the agency has already presented the report to the national treasury and what remains now is authorization for the project.

Gautrain 2 project

The need for Gautrain 2 according to Jack van der Merwe was triggered by the estimated growth in Gauteng’s population, which is expected to escalate by 48% to 19.1 million people by 2037 (from 12.9 million in 2014).

In addition, the number of workers in the province is estimated to upturn by 44% to 9.2 million by 2037 (from 6.3 million in 2014), which would mean that 18 million people would take home-to-work and work-to-home trips daily.

Jack van der Merwe said that if the South Africa’s president and cabinet allocates money to the NDP and start funding it, South Africans should expect the construction works to commence four years from now. Phase one of the development is projected to begin from Lanseria through Little Falls into Randburg and all the way to Marlboro.

Gautrain 1 has private sector debt of about 12%, with the balance comprising of provincial borrowings and budget allocations through the national government. The agency wishes to increase private sector funding to 33% with Gautrain 2, which if built, will create 210 000 employment opportunities.

Source: Infrastructure


World’s largest entertainment city to open to the public in 2022

The world’s largest entertainment city which is currently under construction in Al Qidiya, 45 km southwest of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia is set to open to the public in the next 3years.

Construction works on this one of a kind structure featuring sports, cultural and recreational facilities begun in April 2018. The project has been divided into five development nodes; a Resort Core, a City Centre, an Eco Core, a Motion Core, and a Golf and Residential Neighborhood.

Entertainment city

The entertainment city’s design, was made by a consortium that includes Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG), a Denmark-based company after extensive consideration of the natural patterns of site.

The designers agreed that construction shall only cover 30% of the entire land set aside for the project, which is 334 sq. km, leaving the rest of the land for natural conservation. The project is being developed by the Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) which is fully owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia

Phase one of the project which is expected to be complete by 2022, will have six Flags Qiddiya, a family-oriented park filled with rides and attractions distributed throughout six themed lands.

Neighboring this pedestrian-oriented district shall be a major outdoor entertainment venue, capable of accommodating events that can host 5,000 to 40,000 heads in a park-like setting, punctuated with active skating and skiing facilities.

The entertainment city is expected to make a qualitative leap in the Kingdom and support the country’s vision to achieve more prosperity, progress for society and raising the status of the capital Riyadh to the best top 100 cities for living in the world.

It is also expected to contribute into the diversification of the kingdom’s economy away from oil-based sources of revenue while creating job opportunities for Saudi’s young population.

Source: Infrastructure


Nigeria to upgrade its 7 critical transmission power lines

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) is set to upgrade seven critical transmission line across the country.

Managing Director/CEO of TCN, Mr Usman Gur Mohammed announced the reports and the said the aim is to raise transmission wheeling capacity to 10,000 megawatts (MW) by the end of year.

“To attain the 10,000MW, TCN is procuring quad conductors, a high capacity conductor that could carry more bulk power capacity on the same transmission line. The conductors which  are lighter than the current conductors and can carry two and half times more power. Half of these conductors are arriving Nigeria on the 27th of this month,” said Mr Usman.

Transmission power lines

The seven critical lines include Onitsha-Awka-Oji River lines, the Ikeja West-Alimosho-Ogba-Ota line, and the Alimosho-Alausa line. The rest are, Kaduna-Zaria-Funtua-Gusau line, Birnin Kebbi-Sokoto, Aba-Itu, and Kumbotso-Dan Agundi 132kV transmission line.

Upon completion of those 132kV transmission lines re-conductoring projects, are going to between 2000 and 3,000MW which means the grid will shift from 8,100MW to at least 10,000MW.

Mr Mohammed also gave updates on some critical transmission projects TCN was executing with the US $1.661bn multilateral donor funding it has secured and said that there there was need for the Distribution Companies (DisCos) to step up investments in their networks

“We had a problem in Benin and Apo, these are some difficulties we have passed through, but the journey for stable grid is on track. Everything we are doing on the grid will amount to nothing except we have some investment on the side of distribution,” noted Mr Mohammed.

On the other achievements of TCN, he said it has recovered 775 stranded containers from 800 units abandoned for over 10 years at the ports. The contents have been used to complete several substations including the brand new Damaturu, Maiduguri and Ilashe substations.

Source: Infrastructure


First enclosed mall in Vryburg South Africa to open in 2021

South Africa’s North West agricultural town of Vryburg is set to open its first enclosed shopping mall in 2020.

Chief Operating Officer of the project dubbed Twin City Vryburg, Ryno De Leeuw  announced the reports and said that the project is currently in the planning stage with the mall expected to start operations in the last quarter of 2021.

Twin City Vryburg

The Twin City Vryburg will be housed at the 20 000 m2 mall. The project will be undertaken by leading Pretoria-based shopping centre developers and investors, Twin City Development, in partnership with Vuno Developments at a cost of US $16m.

The Vryburg development site, which forms part of the town’s CBD, is located on the N18 national road into town. Vryburg is situated in the Naledi Local Municipality and seat of the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality in the western part of the North West Province. The N14 national route also cuts through the town, which connects North West’s capital Mahikeng (159 km away) with the Northern Cape’s capital, Kimberley.

The development will be a modern, one-stop shopping destination to the people of Vryburg and surrounding communities. It have will have three anchor tenants, 70 stores, restaurants and service outlets all under one roof.

The new mall will have a Food Court and water features – firsts for the town and will offer a family-friendly, safe and clean shopping environment. Established walkways already exist to the shopping centre’s development site from the largest township in Vryburg, Huhudi. This means the new mall will provide direct access to pedestrians who currently walk to the town’s CBD for shopping and access to government and other services.

Twin City

Twin City has a pedigree in shopping centre development going back some 35 years, having been established in 1984. Today, it has a portfolio of 10 shopping centres, more than 250 000 m² of gross leasable area and some 800 leases under management in Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the Free State.

The Twin City Vryburg project will be the newest retail venture, which will expand the Twin City’s portfolio and geographical footprint to yet another province.  The mall will have a primary catchment area of more than 14 500 households, while there are over 23 000 households in its secondary catchment area.

Source: Infrastructure


Morocco to construct 108MW hydroelectric dam

Morocco has announced plans to develop a a 108 MW hydroelectric dam at a cost of US $300m. This decision is the result of a partnership agreement signed in Beijing by Omar Belmamoun, CEO of Platinum Power and Zhou Yongsheng, CEO of CFH, a subsidiary of the public construction company China communication construction company (CCCC) and operates in Morocco through the Tangier Tech project.

The project is projected to enable Morocco to achieve its objectives for the exploitation of renewable energies. Morocco imports approximately 90% of its energy needs, according to the Moroccan Ministry of Energy. The total primary energy consumption has increased by about 5 % per year since 2004. Per the state-owned power utility ONEE, Morocco’s electricity production derives from coal (31%), hydroelectricity (22%), fuel oil (25%), natural gas (10%), wind (10%) and solar (2 %).

Morocco’s national strategic objective

The national strategic objective is to improve security of supply by reducing dependence on energy imports, including increasing use of renewable sources for electricity production. By 2030, the country targets the green energy sector to to exceed 52% in the energy mix. In 2018, 1,212 MW of wind power, 1,770 MW of hydropower and 700 MW of solar capacity were installed across the country.

Platinum power is specialized in the development and construction of renewable energy projects. In recent years, the company has positioned itself as one of the key players in the hydroelectric sector in Morocco. In October 2018, Platinum Power received authorization from the Moroccan Ministry of Energy to carry out eight hydroelectric projects in the country.

The company, which will also collaborate with China on the renewable energy sector in other African countries, is currently developing hydroelectric projects with a capacity of 325 MW in Morocco (Cascade Ahencal…), 365 MW in Cameroon (Makay) and 300 MW in Ivory Coast (Gao and Tayaboui).

Source: Infrastructure


Construction of Cairo Metro Line 3 in Egypt on track

Construction of Cairo Metro’s Line 3 in Egypt is in good progress marking the beginning of stage 1 of the projects’ third phase with the arrival of deep drilling machines.

Egypt’s Minister of Transportation, Kamel El-Wazir, in the presence of Egypt’s Prime Minister Dr Moustafa Madbouly during a ceremony that marked the arrival of the machines at Gamal Abdel Nasser metro station, revealed that 20% of the line, spanning 17.7km across Cairo, was already complete.

Cairo Metro’s Line 3 project

Phase of the Cairo Metro’s Line 3 project is divided into three Sections. The first section of  is the western branch of Cairo Metro’s Line 3 that connects Attaba Station with the Gamal Abdel Nasser Station through the 26th of July Street.  It then continues on its way up onto northern of Maspero where a new station is to be constructed and run over the northern and western side of the Nile River passing through Zamalek Island at Zamalek Station and ending at Kit Kat Station under the Kit Kat Square. This section is set to be complete by December 2021.

Phase 3- section 2 starts from Kit Kat Station heading towards Sudan Street where another new station will be situated then towards Imbaba to the cross point of 6 October West Wing highway and Alexandria freight railway then it ends at Rod Al-Farag Corridor Station. Upon completion in June 2022, this section will have 6 new stations.

Section 3-Phase 3 begins at Kit Kat Station heading towards Al Tawfikiya where we expect a new station as well, passing through Mohandessin (Wadi Al-Nile Station, Gamaet Al-Dowal Station) then heading to Bulak Al-Dakror Station.  Line 2 and Line 3 shall be connected at the Cairo University Station of Line 2. This section is set for completion in November 2022.

Source: Infrastructure


Construction of largest steel plant in West Africa complete

Construct of the largest steel plant in West Africa has been completed. The General Services Manager of the plant, Siafa Morgan announced the reports.

Located in Montserrado County District-12 Liberia, construction of the plant began in 2018 with Sethi Brothers Incorporated as the project developers. Chinese construction company, Qinggle International Group Development Company Limited constructed the project.

Largest steel plant in West Africa

The new steel plant constructed at a cost of US $22m will specialize in the manufacture of squared pipes, steel round pipes, reinforcement steel bars and angle steels and services to meet the demand on the Liberian market and the West African sub-region.

The plant is environment-friendly having installed magnificent features including its own power plant which generates smokeless power for the factory using HFO fuel. The factory has several facilities such as first aid treatment and canteen, amongst others for employees.

According to Chief Executive Officer of Seth Brothers Sethi Paul, the plant will manufacturer steel from local scrap materials thus offering needed employment opportunities for over 1000 locals. It is also projected that the mass production of steel rod from the factory will help reduce the price of the commodity on the local market and boost the country’s economy.

“Construction of the factory is based on request the past Liberian government, then headed by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, made to boost the country’s industrial sector. We want the government to ensure that no scrap leaves the country as raw material so that it can be processed into steel with additional value,” said CEO Paul.

As a commitment to its corporate social responsibilities to residents of the host community, Sethi has constructed a 1.4km concrete road at the cost of US $1.8m commencing from the main Somalia Drive corridor to the company’s facilities, safe drinking water and first-class public toilet facilities, amongst others.

Source: Infrastructure

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