Infrastructure - Weekly Projects Roundup

TRANSPORT

  • New Projects

Mozambique - The government of Mozambique has revealed plans to invest US$400mn in full restoration of the road from the port of Beira to Machipanda. The rehabilitation work of the 300km road, which borders Zimbabwe, is expected to start in February 2014.

Indonesia - Indonesia's state-owned port operator Pelindo IV has revealed plans to start the construction work on the Makassar New Port in the Indonesian province of South Sulawesi in 2014.

  • Financing

TRANSPORT

  • New Projects

Mozambique - The government of Mozambique has revealed plans to invest US$400mn in full restoration of the road from the port of Beira to Machipanda. The rehabilitation work of the 300km road, which borders Zimbabwe, is expected to start in February 2014.

Indonesia - Indonesia's state-owned port operator Pelindo IV has revealed plans to start the construction work on the Makassar New Port in the Indonesian province of South Sulawesi in 2014.

  • Financing

Italy - Italian company Autostrade per l'Italia has secured financing worth EUR450mn (US$608.19mn) from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the improvement work on the country's motorways.

Financing - The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a loan worth EUR235mn (US$317.61mn) to PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe (PLK) for upgrading 92.5km of an existing electrified railway line from Warsaw to Radom in Poland.

Colombia - Colombian Fiscal Policy Council (Confis) has allocated funds worth COP137,000mn (US$70.6mn) for the civil aviation sector for 2014-2015, which will mainly target improvement of the Eldorado International Airport in Bogotá.

Brazil - The Brazilian federal government has revealed plans to provide funds worth BRL2bn (US$909mn) to its national airport authority, Infraero, to boost airport network operations in the country. The plans, which have been recommended under the government's 2014 budget, are required to be approved by the Congress. Meanwhile, the government is planning to launch tenders on October 31 2013 for the international airports of Galeão and Confins near Belo Horizonte.

  • Tenders

Colombia - The government of Colombia has given a go-ahead for a bidding process to construct a series of highways involving nine concessions.

Timor Leste - The Government of Timor-Leste has invited bids from the private sector to participate in a bidding process for the development of Tibar Bay Port. The project, which is based on public-private partnership (PPP) model, will require the successful bidder to design, build, co-finance and operate the port.

Brazil - The regional government of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais will launch a 25-year concession worth BRL189mn (US$82.9mn), based on a public-private partnership, to operate and maintain Itamar Franco regional airport between the towns of Goianá and Rio Novo.

  • Contracts

Saudi Arabia - UK construction company Parsons Brinckerhoff and US engineering company Fluor have managed to secure a contract to offer project management consulting services for the design and construction of a new rail line connecting the Red Sea with the Persian Gulf in Saudi Arabia.

India - GVR-Ashoka Chennai ORR, a joint venture formed by Indian companies Ashoka Buildcon and GVR Infra Projects, has signed a 20-year concession agreement with the state government of Tamil Nadu for the Chennai Outer Ring Road (ORR) Phase II project in India.

US - NTE Mobility Partners Segments 3, a consortium comprising Cintra Infraestructuras, Meridiam Infrastructure, Dallas Police and Fire Pension System and APG, has attained financial closure for a 43-year concession to extend the North Tarrant Express highway project in the US state of Texas.

Bosnia - A consortium, comprising German subsidiary of European construction company Strabag, Euro-Asfalt and ZGP, has secured a contract worth EUR84mn (US$113.31mn) to construct the Svilaj-Odzak section of the international motorway corridor 5c in Bosnia.

Sweden - The Swedish authorities have selected European construction group Strabag's Swedish subsidiary, Strabag Projektutveckling, as a general contractor and development partner for the construction of a mixed-use extension to the Stockholm Citybanan Commuter Station.

Canada - Ontario's transportation ministry has awarded a 12-year Canada highways maintenance deal to UK support services company Carillion. Under the contract, estimated to be worth over GBP100mn (US$160.92mn), the UK company will provide routine inspection and maintenance services, including minor capital works and snow clearance, for more than 1,000km of two-lane equivalent highway.

  • Project Updates

US - A consortium comprising Shimmick Construction Company, FCC and Impregilo, has started work on the Gerald Desmond Bridge at the Port of Long Beach in the US state of California under a US$650mn design and build contract secured in July 2012.

India - Metro line 2 project in the Indian city of Mumbai has been cancelled due to failure of the 'Build-Own-Operate-Transfer' model in metro projects.

US - Denver International Airport (DIA) in the US state of Colorado has started the construction of five new gates to be installed at the west end of Concourse C in order to accommodate the growing presence of Southwest Airlines.

ENERGY & UTILITIES.

  • New Projects

Iran - The Iranian government is planning to set up a new nuclear power plant, which would be capable of producing 360MW of electricity per hour.

  • Tenders

Malaysia - Five parties have been shortlisted to build the first package of the Langat 2 water treatment project in Malaysia. The five parties are IJM Corp Bhd, Gamuda Bhd, UEM Construction Sdn Bhd, Asia Baru Construction Sdn Bhd, and a joint venture between Salcon, MMC Corp and Ahmad Zaki Resources Bhd.

South Africa - South African state-owned utility Eskom has launched a tender for the construction of the 400 kilovolt (kV) Vulcan bypass transmission line in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The line would enhance transmission capacity and connect the Kusile coal-fired power station to the national grid.

Bolivia - The Bolivian government will launch an international tender on September 21 2013 for the construction of San Jose Hydroelectric Project in the city of Cochabamba.

Oman - Omani utilities company Rural Areas Electricity Company (RAECO) has launched a tender for an engineering, procurement and construction contract to build a power station in the city of Khasab. The tender was floated on September 15 2013 and is scheduled to open on November 11 2013.

  • Contracts

UK - The UK division of Swedish construction firm Skanska has secured the groundworks contract for all new UK Power Networks projects in London. The framework, valued at GBP9mn a year (US$14.4mn), will start on October 28 and is scheduled to expire after three years with a two year extension option, taking the total contract value to GBP45mn (US$72.1mn).

US - Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has secured an order from US-based Renewable Energy Systems Americas (RES Americas) to supply wind turbines producing a total capacity of 60MW. The turbines would be delivered to two separate projects, each using V100-2.0 MW turbine.

France - A consortium, comprising French conglomerate Areva and local industrial boiler supplier Leroux & Lotz Technologies, has secured a contract worth EUR55mn (US$74.43mn) from neoen for the construction of a biomass co-generation power plant in Commentry, France.

  • Project Updates

India - Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) began concreting work for turbine building for the seventh unit at Rajasthan Atomic Power Station (RAPS) on September 25. NPCIL is constructing two 700MW pressurised heavy water reactors at RAPS at a cost of around INR123bn (US$1.96bn).

Croatia - UK-based multidisciplinary consultancy Mott MacDonald will act as a technical advisor to Erste Group Bank, Unicredit Bank and EKF for a 42MW wind farm in Croatia.

Philippines - Philippine-based Philippine Hybrid Energy Systems (PHESI) has started the construction of the first phase of its planned 48MW wind power project in Oriental Mindoro, the Philippines.

  • Project Completions

Brazil - Brazilian company Triunfo Participações e Investimentos (TPI) has secured regulatory approval from the power regulator, Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica (ANEEL), to start operations at the 192MW Garibaldi hydro power project in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina.

Philippines - AC Energy Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ayala Corporation, intends to start the construction of a coal-fired power plant in Mindanao island in the Philippines in H114. The project, which is currently in the pre-development phase, would be constructed on a 60ha site.

Canada - EDF EN Canada, a subsidiary of France-based EDF Énergies Nouvelles, and Enbridge have launched the 300MW Lac-Alfred Wind Project in the Canadian province of Québec. The construction of the wind project started in June 2011, with the 150MW first phase starting commercial operations in January 2013.

Germany - German company RWE Innogy announced that it has inaugurated its 325MW Thorton Bank wind farm in Germany on September 18. The wind farm equipped with 54 units of wind turbines would be capable to meet the annual electricity demand of 300,000 households.

CONSTRUCTION

  • Financing

Netherlands - The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a loan worth EUR230mn (US$310.85mn) to the VU University Campus in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This is considered as the largest loan ever provided by the EIB to a university. The 20-year loan will be used for the construction of new buildings and development of the VU University Amsterdam campus.

  • Contracts

Iraq - UAE-based developers Al Handal International Group and Bloom Properties have collaborated to develop a residential project worth AED16.6bn (US$4.5bn) in Baghdad, Iraq. The project, dubbed City of the Future, will include 30,000 residential units, five shopping centres, several commercial buildings, a police and civil defence station, a mosque, 18 schools and 12 kindergartens, a hospital, as well as a health centre. The project, to be constructed on a surface area of 58mn sq ft, may accommodate up to 150,000 people. The project would be constructed in phases over a period of seven years.

  • Project Updates

UK - Hungate Regeneration, a joint venture between Australia-based construction company Lend Lease and Evans Property Group, has submitted planning permission for the construction of around 200 new homes in its residential led mixed-use development in York in the UK.

UAE - UAE-based developer DAMAC Properties is scheduled to launch a luxury residential project worth AED1.35bn (US$367mn) in Downtown Dubai. The 30-strorey residential project - Prive - will include one- and two-bedroom service hotel apartments and studios. The project, which will be located near the Burj Khalifa, is expected to be completed in Q316.

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