Vinci subsidiary wins two road projects worth €214m in Cameroon

WCN Editorial Team 23 Apr 2018 AFRICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Sogea-Satom, a subsidiary of Vinci, has secured two road infrastructure projects with a combined value of €214m in Cameroon.

The first contract, worth €112m, involves upgrading a 135km road segment on the RN15 between Lena and Tibati and 6.7km of roads in the town of Tibati.

The scope of the work will include flood-proofing earthworks and construction of a 7m wide carriageway and shoulders, drainage structures and five bridges, along with safety, signage and environmental protection structures.

The new corridor, which is 150km shorter than the existing road arteries, is expected to improve trade and connections with Chad and Nigeria.

The second order, which has a value of €102.4m, includes construction of a 106km road section between Olama and Bigambo which will be part of the future Provincial Road 18 (total length 271km south-west of Yaoundé).

The work will also involve the construction of five 10 to 20m-span bridges, 13km of urban roads and renovation of 20km of rural tracks and concrete drainage channels.

Vinci stated that this section is primarily intended to take heavy vehicle freight traffic from the new deep-water port of Kribi to Yaoundé.

Furthermore, the project has a social component representing 10% of the value of the contract.

“It provides for construction of classrooms, rural centres for young people and women, boreholes, wells and playing areas, together with construction of community and health centres along the road,” Vinci said in a statement.

The Lena-Tibati road project is scheduled to be completed in May 2020, while the Olama-Bigambo road project will be finished in June 2022.

In January 2018, Sogea-Satom Cameroon conducted its first job forum in Douala and Yaoundé to hire more than 100 new employees. About 90% of Sogea-Satom employees in Africa are localities.

Sogea-Satom is engaged in building and civil engineering in Africa. With more than 12,000 employees, the company operates in over 20 countries through a network of subsidiaries.

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