Youssef Ouchagour, construction industry analyst at Timetric’s Construction Intelligence Center, looks at some of China’s leading contractors, and projects that they are undertaking in Africa.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved $245M in loans and grants to the governments of Uganda and Rwanda to finance a transport project.In Uganda, the bank’s $151M loan will be used to support the construction of a 23.7km expressway, which will facilitate the journey between Kampala (Busega) and Mpigi on the Northern Corridor — a major trade route in the region.In Rwanda, the $94M bank loan will finance the rehabilitation of a 208km road in eastern Rwanda. The project also involves the construction of two cross-border markets at Kagitumba and Rusumo.Amadou Oumarou, AfDB’s Transport & ICT Department director, said: “The project will contribute to poverty reduction, improve the quality of life of people in the area by providing socio-economic facilities. “It will also contributes to agriculture development and food security; and facilitates industrialization through reduced transportation and logistics costs.”The overall cost of the project is estimated at $376.5M, and will be co-financed by AfDB ($244.6M), Japan International Cooperation Agency ($56.3M), European Union ($22.4M) and the governments of Uganda and Rwanda ($53.2M).
Kenya Railways has signed a contract with China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) for the construction of the Naivasha-Malaba Standard Gauge Railway line under the Kenya SGR Developments Project valued at KES549bn ($5.4bn).A protocol for the development of a standard gauge railway connecting the port of Mombasa to Kampala, Kigali and Juba was signed and ratified by Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan.Kenya is developing the Mombasa-Malaba section of the entire proposed network to Kigali through Uganda. Construction on the Mombasa to Nairobi section is at an advanced stage.The commercial contract will include four elements: the Naivasha-Kisumu section; Kisumu Malaba section; Kisumu Port Development; and modernisation and expansion of the Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Embakasi in Nairobi.The contract will allow the two companies to jointly conduct a feasibility study for the Nairobi to Malaba section of the project; facilitate transfer of technology; and create skills and capacity for construction, maintenance and operation of the railway upon completion.The Kenyan government has secured a $1.5bn loan from the Chinese government to support the development of Phase 2A between Nairobi and Naivasha. Construction on the project will begin by the end of 2016.
Uganda and Tanzania has agreed to build a $4bn crude oil pipeline across the two East African countries.