Upcoming Mega Projects - Africa

Posted on 04 Jul. 2019


Project: Sahofika Hydroelectric Plant 
Value: USD 895,000,000
Client: Madagascan Authority
Website: www.edbm.mg

The hydroelectric project will be situated near Tananarive, the capital of Madagascar. The consortium was chosen for the study, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the future plant. Construction cost of the Sahofika hydroelectric plant is estimated to be US $895 million which is expected to be provided by African Development Bank (AfDB). Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) which began in 2018 is already complete. 

The project will have a 60m high dam and the reservoir will cover an area of 6.7 km2. The water will leave the reservoir and follow a 716 m drain line before reaching the power plant. It will be equipped with seven turbines capable of producing 200 MW of electricity per day. Such a quantity of energy represents half of the capacity installed in Madagascar, even if the national electricity grid finally only supplies 170 MW. 

The situation is expected to change in the near future, especially as the construction of the 120 MW Volobe hydroelectric power plant will start in the wake of the Sahofika hydroelectric power plant. The Madagascan authorities and the New Onive Hydroelectric Energy Consortium, composed of Eiffage, Eranove and Themis companies towards the development.



Project: Douira Seawater Desalination Station
Value: USD 310,000,000
Client: Moroccan National Electricity and Drinking Water Office (ONEE)
Website: www.one.org.ma

Construction work on the world’s largest seawater desalination plant is well on track in Morocco’s Southern coastal city of Agadir. The construction of Douira seawater desalination station will cost about US $310 million. It will have a treatment capacity of around 75 million cubic meters of water per year.

The plant is expected to produce 275,000 cubic meters of desalinated water per day before reaching its maximum daily capacity of 450,000 cubic meters after being upgraded.

The station will supply the Chtouka Ait Baha region with drinking water for its population and irrigate 15,000 hectares of land. Farmers have also contributed to the financing of the station. The government has promised them desalinated water for irrigation at a low price per cubic meter in exchange for the investment in construction.

The desalination plant, also provides for the option of being operated on wind power promoting the drive towards the exploration of sustainable energy in Africa.



Project: Tamale and Damongo Water System
Value: USD 265,000,000
Client: Ghana Water Company Limited
Website: www.gwcl.com.gh

The project is one of government’s mandates to provide water for all by the year 2030. As a result of the rapidly growing population of the North the Ghana Water Company were compelled to ration supply of water to some areas. Cabinet again at its 54th meeting held at the jubilee house also gave approval for a US $265 million for the construction of the Tamale and Damongo Water systems aimed at improving the delivery portable drinking water to an estimated 800,000 people.

The scope of works for the project covers the construction of a new water treatment plant with pumps and transmission pipelines, pumping station, new district offices at Tamale and the installation of dedicated power lines to serve new facility. Water asset management will be improved through the provision and laying of primary distribution networks, service connection materials and the training of staff.

The project is being financed by an export credit facility from a number of institutions led by the Deutsche Bank and involves the construction of a new water treatment plant and the training of staff.



Project: Rugarama Park Estate
Value: USD 131,000,000
Client: City of Kigali
Website: www.kigalicity.gov.rw

The planned units are being developed by Rugarama Park Estate and Remote Group, an engineering firm, and are in accordance with the City of Kigali masterplan and the affordable housing program under the National Housing Policy. Rugarama Park Estate will have public parks, community buildings, shops and a market place.

According to the developers, the construction costs are minimised as much as possible in order to keep selling prices down and ensure that the homes provide the first step in housing ladder to Rwandans who will reside in the modern and ecofriendly estate.

The housing units will be affordable for an average Rwandan’s income. In order to achieve this, Remote Group has developed an efficient construction method referred to as Aerated Autoclaved Concrete masonry, which will be produced locally by the Remote Group. The project targets about 2,800 affordable houses on a-42-hectares piece of land located in Nyamirambo Sector.



Project: Zero 2 One Tower
Value: USD 67,000,000
Client: FWJK
Website: www.fwjk.co.za

The building dubbed Zero-2-One Tower has been in the spotlight since as far back as 2016 when the plans for the skyscraper were first unveiled by developers FWJK. The Tower initially faced delays in approvals which included stipulations that new developments include affordable housing. Zero 2 One Tower, at 44 storeys, will comprise 570 apartments and 7,000 sqm of retail shops on ground level and station concourse level built on the corners of Adderley and Strand street in Cape Town CBD.

According to FWJK CEO the development has secured funding through a foreign direct investment and therefore construction is set to commence in the next few months. Once the South African Reserve Bank approves the foreign funding, they are going to start construction in about three to four months which will create 3,000 onsite and offsite jobs for the locals.



Project: Kumasi Inner Ring Road Rehabilitation
Value: USD 63,000,000
Client: Government of Ghana
Website: www.ghana.gov.gh

The rehabilitation of the Kumasi inner ring roads and Adjacent Streets Project the first phase covers 100-kilometre of road. The project will enhance road safety standards and integrate economic centres and improve the standard of living of the people in the project’s influenced areas. 

The project aims to improve traffic circulation by enhancing the capacity of the road network by removing the sections of the road network. The entire project would cover 243-kilometre of road and that the first phase covers 100-kilometre while the second phase would cover 143-kilometre of road. Parliament has approved a Credit Facility between the Government of Ghana and the Deutsche Bank AG, London, for the rehabilitation of the Kumasi inner ring roads.



Project: Malindi 52mw Solar Project
Value: USD 66,000,000
Client: Malindi Solar Group
Website: www.globeleq.com

The project will be led by Malindi Solar Group, a company created ad hoc by Globeleq. The latter, 70% owned by CDC and 30% by Nordfund, will build a 52 MWp solar park in Malindi, a coastal town in southeastern Kenya. British Prime Minister of Foreign Affairs announced a series of investments and said that the British government’s development finance agency will contribute US $50 million while its partner, Globeleq, an independent power producer (IPP) the remaining US $16 million. The funds will be a loan refundable over 16 years.

The sale of electricity from the solar park will be made by the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC), which provides public electricity service in Kenya. The lighting company has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Globeleq. Construction of the solar project will also strengthen Globeleq’s presence in East Africa. 

Construction of the photovoltaic (PV) park in Langobaya, Malindi district, is scheduled to take around a year, with commercial operations expected for the middle of 2020. Sterling and Wilson Solar will be in charge of the civil and electrical construction works, while Globeleq will oversee the construction and operations of the facility.



Project: Wave-energy Pilot Project
Value: USD 15,000,000
Client: Mean Sea Level (MSL)
Website: www.meansealevel.com

South Africa is set to develop a pioneering 1 MW pilot project aimed to supply clean electricity to a large-scale Hermanus abalone farm, in the Western Cape. According to Mean Sea Level (MSL) CEO and Engineer the world-first solution has been developed in response to Abagold’s search for a clean alternative that is able to consistently match the abalone farm’s 3 MW, around-the-clock electricity requirement.

The development estimated to cost US $15 million will be a first-of-its-kind project with equity investments from the Industrial Development Corporation, angel investors and aquaculture group Abagold, which is a shareholder in MSL and produces 500 tonnes of abalone yearly.

The pilot site is being constructed using locally developed technology, as well as domestic expertise, materials and manufacturing. Upon completion, the plant will supply electricity to drive Abagold’s pumps and blowers.

MSL explains that the simple solution exploits the classical principle of overtopping, whereby the wave is captured in a dam as it overtops the lip of the slope. The captured water’s gravity, or potential energy, then feeds back into the sea through a hydroelectric turbine to generate electricity. Practically, the solution involves building a dam next to the ocean, with the wall facing the oncoming waves having the energy converter slope.

Upon approval of a full environmental impact assessment report, MSL plans to construct a larger 3.5MW commercial wave-power plant at an adjacent sea-front site on the same property. The plant will also receive grant funding from EEP Africa, a multidonor fund that provides early-stage financing to innovative clean-energy projects.

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