5 of Africa’s mega projects

Grand Rennaisance dam
Grand Rennaisance dam

Africa is growing day by day and the budgeoning middle class continues to drive demand for sustainable social infrastructure. The growth is being fueled by continued investment in natural resources and agriculture. Overall, we see the opportunities surpassing the challenges facing the continent.
Currently there are mega projects ongoing in the continent and here are top five ongoing construction projects
1) West African rail network to connect Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, and Togo
In Africa rail infrastructure is considered one of the most cost-effective way for transporting bulky goods over long distances over land, for this reason West African countries and mining companies are investing in a massive rail project which, when completed, will be 3,000 km long and link Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo
The project will combine newly constructed rail and also upgrading of the existing railway lines.
2) The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam GERD was initially known as the Millennium Dam, currently the dam is under construction at the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia, on the Blue Nile River, which is located about 40km east of Sudan. The project is owned by Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCO).
The project kicked off in April 2011 at a cost of (US$4.7bn) and it’s expected to be completed by July 2017 and it’s being funded by the people and the government of Ethiopia.
The projects’ engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract was awarded to Salini Costruttori.
3) The Mombasa-Kigali Railway Project
The construction of the Mombasa- Kigali railway project is ongoing and its completion is set for March 2018.The project is estimated to cost US$1.35 Billion and will cover a distance of 2940 kilometers upon completion.
The project started on March 2013 and is being carried out by China Communication and Construction Company and will run from Port of Malaba, Kampala then Kigali in Rwanda.
4) Kenya’s Konza Techno City
The Konza Techno City being built over 5,000 acres of land, 64km south of Nairobi is a BPO project that is being marketed by the National government of Kenya through its ICT Board as part of the Kenya Vision 2030 development program.
This is one of the longest project in Africa for its expected to take about 20 years to be completed.
According to the government of Kenya through the Konza information website, the city wants to attract business process outsourcing, software development, data centers, disaster recovery centers, call centers and light assembly manufacturing industries.
5) The Ethiopia-to-Djibouti Rail Link
The Ethiopia-to-Djibouti Rail Link project is ongoing and it is expected to cost $2 Billion and expected to cover 756 Km.
The Chinese Export & Import Bank (EXIM) provided Aus$ 2.3 billion d loan for the construction of the Ethiopia-Djibouti electrified railway project, in an agreement signed on 2013.
The 756 railway line was subdivided to accommodate the contractors from China, China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC) is undertaking the construction of the 317km segment from Sebeta to Meiso, while the China Civil Engineering Construction Cooperation (CCECC) is constructing the 339km line, from Meiso to Dawale, at the Djibouti border. The CCECC will also construct the remaining 100kms to the Red Sea port of Doraleh, in Djibouti.