Projects happening in Africa today

5 December 2018

Egypt’s new capital city

Egypt’s new capital city, which is yet-to-be-named, has been completed in September 2018 in which the delivery will be within a year, as soon as the important facilities have been finished. As well as the construction of housing units has also being achieved within the new city.

It is located only 45 kilometres East of Cairo, 21 residential districts and 25 commercial districts is all the small city has. It will have a recreation park that will be double the size of New York City’s Central Park. The park will be made of 90 square kilometres of solar energy farms and a few artificial lakes.

Other features for the city include 40,000 hotel rooms, a technology park, a theme park (x4 the size of Disneyland’s), 1,250 mosques, 2000 educational institutions, 663 hospitals and clinics and an international airport.

The government ministry transfers, the foreign embassies, parliament and presidential palace construction will be expected to take place between 2020 and 2022 at the cost of $45 billion

The cost of the venture is not yet disclosed. Although the city is one of the biggest construction projects in Africa so far.

Lagos-Calabar Railway

The 1,400-kilometre Lagos-Calabar railways is another one of the major infrastructure projects in Africa which will be built for $10 billion.

This project was originally contracted to a Chinese company is also being watched by Ameri Metro Inc., in the U.S. After the Chinese haven’t been able to raise the funds needed for the project.

Once the project has been completed, Lagos-Calabar railway will include the cities of Port Harcourt, UYO and Aba - thereby creating an easier movement of goods and services in the areas.

Dangote Oil Refinery

The richest man in Africa, Aliko Dangote, is building a massive oil refinery in Ibeju Lekki district, outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria at the cost between $12 billion and $14 billion.

A capacity of 650,000 barrels of crude a day, it will be one of the worlds biggest oil refineries when the operation starts in 2022.

The refinery will produce Euro-V quality gasoline and diesel as well as jet fuel and polypropylene. It is also expected to make 9,500 direct and 25,000 indirect jobs.

Although Dangote took a $3.3 billion syndicated loan, about 60% of the Dangote oil refinery will be self-funded.

Konza Technology City (Kenya)

The city, appropriately named, Konza Technology city is one of the biggest construction projects in Africa. This is a smart city that will be getting built in the Eastern part of the country. The city will cost $14.5 billion but according to media is incredibly worth it.

The cities website has claimed, “Konza will be a sustainable, world-class technology hub and major economic driver for Kenya.”

This project is the country’s Vision 2030 blueprint. It’s expected high-value jobs is 17,000 and 68,000 indirect jobs once it is finished.

Mambila hydroelectric power project (Nigeria)

Another mega construction happening in Africa at the minute is the Mambila hydroelectric power project which will cost $5.8 billion. This is a 3,050-megawatt in the state of Taraba which will be delivered by a consortium of Chinese state-owned construction firms. The project will have four dams around 50-150 meters tall and will take about six years to build.

Inga 3 dam project (DRC)

The Democratic Republic of Congo is where this project will take place as well as a 4,800MW hydroelectric plant at Inga falls on the mighty Congo River. The Inga 3 dam project is the first phase in the construction of the Grand Inga hydropower project. It is located 225km from Kinshasa and 150km upstream of the mouth of the Congo into the Atlantic Ocean. The Grand Inga scheme has been in the plans as early as the 1950s.

Bagamoyo Port (Tanzania)

Tanzania is set to be building a port which is set to be one of the largest ports in the East and Central Africa and will cost around $10 billion. China and Oman are collaborating to carry out the construction of the port. Also, to be constructed around Bagamoyo, over 190 industries like manure processing which will be made by Oman government.

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