Uganda https://constructafrica.com/ en AfDB signs US$348m financing agreements for Uganda road projects https://constructafrica.com/news/afdb-signs-us348m-financing-agreements-uganda-road-projects <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">AfDB signs US$348m financing agreements for Uganda road projects</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Staff Writer</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/25/2021 - 16:37</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2021-05/UG4_resize-min.jpg?itok=xLaGzoHL" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Uganda have signed two financing agreements totaling around US$348 million for the improvement of road transport in Uganda.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The first is a $276 million financing agreement for the Kampala City Roads Rehabilitation Project; and the second, valued at $71.8 million, is for upgrading the Kabale-Lake Bunyonyi/Kisoro-Mgahinga road.</p> <p>The agreements were signed on 11 May by Uganda’s Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development Matia Kasaija, and African Development Bank Uganda country manager Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan.</p> <p>Minister Kasaija described the projects as “transformative” and in line with his government’s national development plan as well as the African Development Bank’s High 5 strategic priorities.</p> <p>The Kampala City Roads Rehabilitation Project will ease congestion in the capital by upgrading 22 road junctions, and enhancing the drainage capacity of the city to mitigate flooding on the streets. The project will see the improvement of 67 km of roads, 134 km of non-motorized traffic facilities, and the provision of street lighting and scheduled eco-bus services, including bus depots and dedicated lanes. It includes several complementary social initiatives, notably entrepreneurship training for at least 200 women and youth, and the construction of roadside markets and at least 30 public toilets in Kampala.</p> <p>The Kabale-Lake Bunyonyi/Kisoro-Mgahinga Project will improve transport connectivity in south-western Uganda by seamlessly connecting roads with inland water transport on Lake Bunyonyi, allowing local communities to safely access social and economic activities, notably tourism. The project will also improve agricultural supply chain efficiency in the districts of Kabale, Rubanda, and Kisoro.</p> <p>The project includes the construction of four landing sites on Lake Bunyonyi, at least 1,000 streetlights at all the trading centres through which the road passes, two ferries, as well as search and rescue boats kitted with navigational aids. Complementary social interventions include two roadside markets, schools, a hospital, administrative centres, and sanitary facilities to support women and youth vendors. It will also finance power supply in Bwama Island on Lake Bunyonyi to some 10,000 residents and include planting trees to increase forest cover in the area.</p> <p>“The African Development Bank will continue to support the government and people of Uganda to achieve the country’s development objectives,” Ngafuan said. “The Bank is currently working with the government and other stakeholders to develop a new five-year country strategy paper that will continue to prioritize transformative interventions, especially in the transport sector.”</p> <p><em>Photo: A&nbsp;Road in Kampala, Capital City of Uganda [Andreas Marquardt | Dreamstime]</em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4" hreflang="en">Main News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/construction" hreflang="en">Construction</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/finance" hreflang="en">Finance</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/government-policy" hreflang="en">Government Policy</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/transport" hreflang="en">Transport</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add a comment</h2> <p class="comment-tagline">ConstructAfrica welcomes lively debate, but will not publish comments that are threatening, libellous or abusive.</p> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=393&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="DuJ1wTiC39d_ifx0tomP_G0OYwmIeqXnN9vdiZDHX5k"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 25 May 2021 12:37:09 +0000 Staff Writer 393 at https://constructafrica.com https://constructafrica.com/news/afdb-signs-us348m-financing-agreements-uganda-road-projects#comments East Africa Pipeline Project to Continue Despite Withdrawal of Funding https://constructafrica.com/news/east-africa-pipeline-project-continue-despite-withdrawal-funding <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">East Africa Pipeline Project to Continue Despite Withdrawal of Funding</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/122" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Diana Muringo</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 05/20/2021 - 16:29</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2021-05/EACOP1a-min.jpg?itok=nJfxwjjn" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>According to the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU), the East African Crude Oil Pipeline project (EACOP) construction is set to continue.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The EACOP is a 1,443-kilometer crude oil export pipeline system. Its purpose is to transport crude oil from Kabaale-Hoima District in Uganda to a maritime port facility on the Chongoleani peninsula Tanga in Tanzania.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to background information on the project posted on the East African Crude Oil Pipeline website (eacop.com), in 2006, commercial quantities of oil were confirmed to exist in the Lake Albert basin in Uganda. The Oil companies in Uganda; CNOOC LTD, TOTAL and TULLOW PLC completed the exploration phase. In November 2020 Total finalized the acquisition of Tullow’s entire interests in Uganda Lake Albert development project including the East African Crude Oil Pipeline in 2020. &nbsp;Total, now a majority shareholder and CNOOC are now headed into development phase, which will consequently lead to the production of Uganda’s oil resources.</p> <p>Once produced, the crude oil will be partly refined in Uganda to supply the local market and partly exported to the international market. The export to the international market will be through an export crude oil pipeline; The East Africa Crude Oil Export Pipeline (EACOP). This pipeline will be constructed and operated through a Pipeline Company with shareholding from the Uganda National Oil Company, the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation and the two oil companies; TOTAL and CNOOC.</p> <p>In April this year, a US$3 billion deal for the crude oil pipeline project was signed&nbsp;between Uganda (represented by Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni), Tanzania (represented&nbsp;by Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu) and French company Total (led by the company's Chief Executive Patrick Pouyanne).&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Patrick Pouyanné: This is a major, and historic milestone in the journey of the old history, not only for Uganda, and Tanzania, but for East Africa, and for the world. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UgOilLaunch?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#UgOilLaunch</a> <a href="https://t.co/3AShr1k98g">pic.twitter.com/3AShr1k98g</a></p> — Government of Uganda (@GovUganda) <a href="https://twitter.com/GovUganda/status/1381209913163145216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 11, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Subsequent to the signing of the agreement between Uganda, Tanzania and Total,&nbsp;several international banks announced that they were pulling out of the project in late April after receiving a petition by 263 organizations. These organizations from around the world raised concerns about the project.&nbsp;</p> <p>Nonetheless, Bright Clovice Irumba, the Director of Exploration at PAU, has insisted that the project will continue as other banks can finance the project despite some banks withdrawing their support.&nbsp;</p> <p>He said, “There are various international financial institutions, and most of them have their own policies when it comes to funding projects, and those policies may hinder their involvement in certain projects. But what we are sure of is that there will be others that will be interested and willing to partake in the ventures."</p> <p>“As far as I know, no company in the industry can launch the project like how Total E&amp;P Uganda did on April 11, if they are not satisfied that they will source all the necessary funding to take forward the project.”</p> <p>As if in confirmation of Irumba’s statement, the government approved the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) to pave the way for the EACOP project. Honey Malinga, the Director of Petroleum at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD), stated that this move clears the path for implementing the second phase of the land acquisition and resettlement process.&nbsp;</p> <p>This process involves finishing the acquisition of land, securing the rights to the land to be involved in the pipeline project, payment of compensation, and resettlement of affected households.&nbsp;</p> <p>The ten districts that this process will involve include Hoima, Kikuube, Kakumiro, Kyankwanzi, Mubende, Gomba, Sembabule, Lwengo, Rakai, and Kyotera. This also includes 27 sub-counties, three town councils, and 171 villages.&nbsp;</p> <p>The East African Crude Oil Pipeline project’s permanent land requirements cover the crude oil pipeline corridor, Above Ground Installations (AGIs) like pump stations, access roads, pipe yards, and four construction camps.&nbsp;</p> <p>On the Ugandan side, these land requirements total to about 1,109 hectares (ha). Over 90% of this involves the 30m wide construction corridor for the export pipeline and AGIs. The remaining 10% is for temporary construction facilities and access roads.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Photo: Pipeline Construction (Courtesy, East African Crude Oil Pipeline | eacop.com)</em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4" hreflang="en">Main News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/construction" hreflang="en">Construction</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/energy" hreflang="en">Energy</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/government-policy" hreflang="en">Government Policy</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-news field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Related News</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/new-energy-projects-mozambique-tanzania-uganda-and-senegal" hreflang="en">New Energy projects in Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, and Senegal</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/chinas-ceec-build-500mw-solar-plant-uganda" hreflang="en">China&#039;s CEEC to build 500MW solar plant in Uganda</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/ge-successfully-executes-works-ubungo-power-plant-tanzania" hreflang="en">GE Successfully Executes Works at Ubungo Power Plant in Tanzania</a></div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add a comment</h2> <p class="comment-tagline">ConstructAfrica welcomes lively debate, but will not publish comments that are threatening, libellous or abusive.</p> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=377&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="VkuUmE_bGPDDElPXpMH-GHiny1tfvKZHwum77pMBd_k"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 20 May 2021 12:29:35 +0000 Diana Muringo 377 at https://constructafrica.com https://constructafrica.com/news/east-africa-pipeline-project-continue-despite-withdrawal-funding#comments Akon Announces Cryptocurrency-Based New City in Uganda https://constructafrica.com/news/akon-announces-cryptocurrency-based-new-city-uganda <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Akon Announces Cryptocurrency-Based New City in Uganda</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/122" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Diana Muringo</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 05/10/2021 - 16:13</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2021-05/Akon-city-2-N_resize-min.jpg?itok=GyMlMYEp" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>According to pop star and singer Akon, ‘Akon City’ is a futuristic city set to be built in Uganda.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Speaking at a press conference in early April this year, Akon announced that there would be a new futuristic city coming to Uganda in the coming years. He revealed that the Ugandan government is on board with this plan and has even allotted a one-square-mile of land for Akon City part 2. </p> <p>Akon is currently building a US$6 billion city in his native country of Senegal.</p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-UdXHtrs_Ho" title="YouTube video player" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>His city in Uganda will operate using the pop artist’s cryptocurrency known as Akoin. This is the same currency that will be used in Senegal’s Akon City. </p> <p>Akon and the Ugandan government authorities have not finalized the total cost of building Akon City in Uganda. Nonetheless, Akon states that he is confident that the people who will live in his city will be able to afford the services available. </p> <p>“We will have professionals that we plan to send to Uganda who can train the locals, and I think one of the things that we lack in countries like Uganda is access to information, and we need to be properly trained not only in construction but also in management and then the maintenance of the properties,” says Akon</p> <p>When asked if the Ugandan citizens will be able to afford the services in the city that has futuristic shopping malls, stadiums, and many recreational facilities, Akon answered, “I know if I put it there, they’re going to find a way to afford it because it’s going to motivate them.</p> <p>“But ultimately, when you create an opportunity, people grow with that opportunity, people learn with that opportunity, people are motivated with that opportunity.” </p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img align-center"> <img alt="Akon and his wife with Uganda President Museveni and First Lady Janet Museveni in Kampala, Uganda (@KagutaMuseveni Twitter Handle)" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7c2bf250-d1f4-4ebe-8816-525df9e15656" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Akon%20Uganda_0.jpg" /> <figcaption><em>Akon and his wife with Ugandan President Museveni and First Lady Janet Museveni in Kampala, Uganda (@KagutaMuseveni Twitter Handle)</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>The construction of this Ugandan city is set to be completed in the year 2036. The construction will take place in three stages. The first stage is set to be completed by the year 2023. The second phase will be completed in 2029, and the third phase will be ending in 2036 if all goes as planned. </p> <p><em>Top Photo: Architectural Render of the futuristic Akon City being constructed in Senegal (akoncity.com)</em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" hreflang="en">Featured News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/construction" hreflang="en">Construction</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/government-policy" hreflang="en">Government Policy</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-news field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Related News</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/uganda-afdb-signs-us2295m-financing-agreement-kampala-jinja-expressway" hreflang="en">Uganda: AfDB signs US$229.5m financing agreement for Kampala-Jinja Expressway</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/chinas-ceec-build-500mw-solar-plant-uganda" hreflang="en">China&#039;s CEEC to build 500MW solar plant in Uganda</a></div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add a comment</h2> <p class="comment-tagline">ConstructAfrica welcomes lively debate, but will not publish comments that are threatening, libellous or abusive.</p> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=365&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="0rAwDqJpT1ECNHtHokmra-SqKIqws4H9p3XP1gOvsPg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 10 May 2021 12:13:42 +0000 Diana Muringo 365 at https://constructafrica.com https://constructafrica.com/news/akon-announces-cryptocurrency-based-new-city-uganda#comments New Energy projects in Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, and Senegal https://constructafrica.com/news/new-energy-projects-mozambique-tanzania-uganda-and-senegal <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New Energy projects in Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, and Senegal</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Staff Writer</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 04/15/2021 - 13:13</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2021-04/AEC2%20%281%29.jpg?itok=BjSMwRHs" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In the past twelve months, the African energy sector has seen several encouraging developments&nbsp;that have advanced the sustainable development of its natural resources.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>These recent developments&nbsp;have been&nbsp;in the form of both Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and strategic partnerships.&nbsp;</p> <p>Despite a global downturn in investment in 2020, FDI flows to developing economies accounted for 72% of global FDI, the highest share to date. Given the magnitude of Africa’s oil and gas reserves – not to mention its abundant renewable resource wealth – the continent remains a highly attractive market for inbound investment, which is vital for its growth.</p> <p>Taking Uganda, for instance, which is home to one of the largest onshore discoveries in sub-Saharan Africa. Following multiple petroleum discoveries in Uganda’s Albertine Graben – estimated to contain 6.5 billion barrels of oil, of which 1.4 billion are considered recoverable – foreign investments into the country are expected to reach nearly US$20 billion.</p> <p>Last April, Total E&amp;P Uganda B.V. signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement with Tullow Oil PC, through which Total will acquire Tullow’s entire 33.34% interests in Uganda’s Lake Albert development project and the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP). Five months later, the Ugandan Government and Total signed a host government agreement for EACOP, representing a significant step toward reaching a final investment decision. The deal pushes along an extended development process – slowed by infrastructure issues, tax complications, then COVID-19 – that not only promises to bring first oil by 2022, but also provides a pathway to monetization via associated transport infrastructure.</p> <p>In addition to developments at Lake Albert, the Ugandan Government has proven its commitment to attracting FDI to its hydrocarbon sector through its second licensing round held last year, as well as its invitation to local and foreign entities to forge joint-venture partnerships with the Government. By prioritizing the establishment of mutually beneficial partnerships, the emerging East African producer aims to facilitate the successful transfer of skills, knowledge and technology, initiating an influx of technical expertise and working capital into the country.</p> <p>“Those who have been locked out from access to opportunity want the same from the energy sector that the energy sectors want from governments. &nbsp;We must not forget local content, local jobs, local opportunities especially for young people and women” Stated NJ Ayuk Executive Chairman of the <a href="https://energychamber.org/">African Energy Chamber</a>.</p> <p>Meanwhile, in West Africa, Senegal has been reaping the rewards of a long-standing partnership with Germany, which has resulted in more than one billion Euros in funding, including significant support for small-scale power plants and renewable energy projects. Holding sizeable potential for solar and wind energy development, Senegal serves as a regional leader in renewable deployment as a means of rural electrification. Indeed, energy is a central component of poverty alleviation across Africa, with electricity access enabling greater independence, clean cooking and potable water, as well as dramatically improving the well-being of individuals, businesses and communities alike. &nbsp;Rural populations are cognizant of the challenges posed by a lack of stable electricity supply – increased urban migration, lack of access to basic services, low economic competitiveness, to name a few – and distributed renewables can represent the fastest and least expensive path to electrification.</p> <p>European interest in Senegal has shed light on and served as a model for co-operation opportunities between renewable-rich African countries and developed partners, which offer cutting-edge technologies and technical expertise to transform raw resources into viable off-grid and mini-grid solutions. &nbsp;</p> <p>Furthermore, while the cost of deploying renewable technology has never been lower, the availability of renewable-focused capital has never been higher. Investment in commercial and industrial solar has demonstrated resilience against the pandemic, continuing to be seen as a safe investment in light of rising utility costs and increasing distribution of both solar and financial technologies. Yet resource potential and low costs of equipment are not enough; Senegal and other resource-rich African nations require active investor interest and strong government support to unlock diversified energy mixes. In turn, a lack of investment represents a pointed threat to the achievement of long-term energy security.</p> <p>“Young people and women have shown their great resilience, and it is our hope we close these deals in the renewable energy sector, Africans can have a sense of some hope that they will be included in the industry contracts and opportunities. It is no longer correct for the African to be the last hired and the first fired” Concluded Ayuk.</p> <p>Moreover, without sustained levels of FDI continuing to move the needle on oil, gas and renewable developments, energy export revenues run the risk of being stranded and resources left undeveloped. For emerging producers like Uganda – as well as Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, among several others – this would mean foregoing critical government revenues that could aid in a much-needed, post-COVID-19 economic recovery. FDI is vital to Africa’s growth, and while it may be challenging to procure capital in a tepid global economy, it is even more difficult not to.</p> <p>Yes, COVID-19 has put emerging producers in a tough spot: new exploration is seen as risky, and new producers lack existing assets or low-cost development of marginal fields on which to fall back. However, it is not an option to slow or postpone time-sensitive developments that promise to harness natural resource wealth and make sustainable improvements in standards of living across the continent. Africa requires a sustained flow of investment and has proven time and again that it offers the scope of projects and magnitude of resources that are worthy of foreign capital.</p> <p><em>Photo:&nbsp;President Samia Suluhu Hassan of Tanzania and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda at signing ceremony of Oil Pipeline deal between both countries and Oil Company Total</em></p> <p><strong>Press Release distributed by APO Group on behalf of African Energy Chamber</strong></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4" hreflang="en">Main News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/energy" hreflang="en">Energy</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/government-policy" hreflang="en">Government Policy</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/legal-risk" hreflang="en">Legal &amp; Risk</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/power" hreflang="en">Power</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-news field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Related News</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/afdb-approves-us120m-tanzania-hydropower-project" hreflang="en">AfDB approves US$120m for Tanzania Hydropower Project</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/chinas-ceec-build-500mw-solar-plant-uganda" hreflang="en">China&#039;s CEEC to build 500MW solar plant in Uganda</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/vinci-construct-sambangalou-hydroelectric-dam-senegal" hreflang="en">Vinci to construct Sambangalou hydroelectric dam in Senegal</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/mozambique-president-filipe-nyusi-lays-foundation-stone-us150m-power-line" hreflang="en">Mozambique: President Filipe Nyusi Lays Foundation Stone for US$150m Power Line</a></div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add a comment</h2> <p class="comment-tagline">ConstructAfrica welcomes lively debate, but will not publish comments that are threatening, libellous or abusive.</p> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=353&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="fwxqcCvPNeS4_-brTAMB55Gg_5-S6FSY040ZRrtkjc8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 15 Apr 2021 09:13:15 +0000 Staff Writer 353 at https://constructafrica.com https://constructafrica.com/news/new-energy-projects-mozambique-tanzania-uganda-and-senegal#comments Construction of Tanzania-Uganda Roads To Kick-off Soon https://constructafrica.com/news/construction-tanzania-uganda-roads-kick-soon <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Construction of Tanzania-Uganda Roads To Kick-off Soon</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/122" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Diana Muringo</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 03/23/2021 - 21:55</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2021-03/E_AFRICA1.jpg?itok=clPJeUVZ" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Construction of two essential roads linking Tanzania and Uganda is finally set to begin.&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height:1.38">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>These roads will cover 252 kilometers and will be implemented under the Tanzania-Uganda Road Project being coordinated by the East African Community (EAC). The African Development Bank (AfDB) is funding&nbsp;this multi-million project under the Nepad Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (IPPF).</p> <p>Steven Mlote, East African Community’s Deputy Secretary-General (Planning and Infrastructure), reported that the funds are currently being mobilized for this project. He said this during his visit to Arusha, Tanzania, where he received the final project designs from the consultants. M/S LEA International Limited from Canada, in a joint venture with LEA Associates Asia Pvt Ltd from India, is responsible for the project’s designs.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Masaka-Mutukula section will cover 89 kilometers, while the Mutukula-Kyaka section will cover 30 kilometers. The latter will connect to a 133-kilometer Tanzanian section from Bugene to Kumunazi. This will pass through Kasulo, in the western regions. Mr. Mlote is also the acting Deputy Secretary-General for Finance and Administration of the East African Community (EAC).</p> <p>He said that the goal of the road network is to improve intra-EAC transportation. “The purpose is to facilitate the development of the regional road transport market in the East African region,” he added. Mr. Mlote also commended the AfDB for funding this significant endeavor. The IPPF is a special fund established to assist African countries with grants to implement mega infrastructural projects.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Photo:&nbsp;Map of the East African Community (EAC) [Staysail | Dreamstime]</em></p> <p>Related News:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.constructafrica.com/news/uganda-afdb-signs-us2295m-financing-agreement-kampala-jinja-expressway" hreflang="en">Uganda: AfDB signs US$229.5m financing agreement for Kampala-Jinja Expressway</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.constructafrica.com/news/two-chinese-firms-win-contract-us132b-standard-gauge-rail-tanzania" hreflang="en">Two Chinese Firms Win Contract for US$1.32b Standard Gauge Rail in Tanzania</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.constructafrica.com/news/adf-approves-us715m-uganda-roads-project" hreflang="en">ADF approves US$71.5m for Uganda Roads Project</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4" hreflang="en">Main News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/construction" hreflang="en">Construction</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/government-policy" hreflang="en">Government Policy</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/transport" hreflang="en">Transport</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add a comment</h2> <p class="comment-tagline">ConstructAfrica welcomes lively debate, but will not publish comments that are threatening, libellous or abusive.</p> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=279&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="cZV-5WxA83Bh9-DfltiJXYJ1GOsY82Nzv2nJg1fYb-c"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 23 Mar 2021 17:55:20 +0000 Diana Muringo 279 at https://constructafrica.com https://constructafrica.com/news/construction-tanzania-uganda-roads-kick-soon#comments Uganda: AfDB signs US$229.5m financing agreement for Kampala-Jinja Expressway https://constructafrica.com/news/uganda-afdb-signs-us2295m-financing-agreement-kampala-jinja-expressway <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Uganda: AfDB signs US$229.5m financing agreement for Kampala-Jinja Expressway</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Staff Writer</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 03/19/2021 - 10:18</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2021-03/Kampala-Northern-Bypass_UNRA.jpg?itok=3HwjW-ve" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The African Development Bank and the Government of Uganda on Tuesday signed a U$229.5 million financing agreement for the first phase of the Kampala-Jinja Expressway Project.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The project will cut travel time and boost trade along an important artery linking Uganda with its neighbors.</p> <p>The Kampala-Jinja Expressway Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Project-Phase I would improve travel flow, thereby “reducing travel time from more than three hours to under one hour” between Jinja and Kampala along the northern corridor linking Uganda to neighbors Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Kenya, said Matia Kasaija, Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.</p> <p>Minister Kasaija, who signed the accord on behalf of the government, noted that the African Development Bank was the second-largest multilateral donor to Uganda, contributing 20% of the country’s development assistance in the areas of roads, energy, agriculture, education, health and sanitation.</p> <p>He said the Kampala-Jinja road was a major gateway for all imports and exports into and out of Uganda and its successful implementation would spur trade volumes and economic growth in Uganda and among its neighbors.</p> <p>The Bank’s Country Manager for Uganda, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, who signed on behalf of the Bank, said the agreement demonstrates the Bank’s commitment to supporting Uganda’s development and enhancing the well-being of its people.</p> <p>“The Public-Private Partnership model will bring in private sector participation and financing of a key infrastructure in Uganda and will yield a significant economic return for the country with an estimated net revenue of US$2.1 billion over the 30-year concession period,” Ngafuan said.</p> <p>The KJE project would boost local industries, with the agreement stipulating that at least 30% of subcontracting in the project would be awarded to local companies under the Buy Uganda Build Uganda (BUBU) policy. It would create at least 1,500 direct jobs during the construction phase and 250 jobs during the operational phase, Ngafuan said.</p> <p>The financing of the Kampala-Jinja Expressway Project is part of the Bank’s commitment to improving the quality of life of the people of Africa through regional integration and is in line with its Ten-Year Strategy (2013-2022) for Africa.</p> <p>The project comprises the Kampala-Jinja Mainline Expressway and the Kampala Southern Urban Bypass (KSB). The works will be implemented in two sections: Section 1 is an urban expressway including KSB (18km) and 35km of the main expressway from Kampala to Namagunga. Section 2 is a rural motorway covering 42km from Namagunga to Jinja.</p> <p>The proposed concession period is 30 years, including an eight-year construction period. The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) is the executing agency and has already commenced the procurement of a private concessionaire on a design-build-finance-operate-transfer (DBFOT) basis under the Availability Payment PPP model.</p> <p>Also present at the signing ceremony were Ms. Allen Kagina, the Executive Director of the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) and Mr. Peter Lokeris, Minister for State Works and Transport.</p> <p><strong>Press Release by the African Development Bank (AfDB)</strong></p> <p><em>Photo: Kampala Northern Bypass (Uganda National Roads Authority | unra.go.ug)</em></p> <p>Related News:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.constructafrica.com/news/newly-constructed-isimba-bridge-uganda-open-traffic" hreflang="en">Newly Constructed Isimba Bridge in Uganda is Open to Traffic</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.constructafrica.com/news/uganda-president-launches-construction-kira-kasangati-matugga-road" hreflang="en">Uganda President launches construction of Kira—Kasangati—Matugga road</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.constructafrica.com/news/adf-approves-us715m-uganda-roads-project" hreflang="en">ADF approves US$71.5m for Uganda Roads Project</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.constructafrica.com/blog/are-you-ready-construction-opportunities-sub-saharan-africa-0">Are You Ready? Construction Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" hreflang="en">Featured News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/construction" hreflang="en">Construction</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/government-policy" hreflang="en">Government Policy</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/transport" hreflang="en">Transport</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add a comment</h2> <p class="comment-tagline">ConstructAfrica welcomes lively debate, but will not publish comments that are threatening, libellous or abusive.</p> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=320&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="hkESWW7cDCW6XCNM8hUVyvwrP7ozM2GWmckD3XfOAR8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 19 Mar 2021 06:18:04 +0000 Staff Writer 320 at https://constructafrica.com https://constructafrica.com/news/uganda-afdb-signs-us2295m-financing-agreement-kampala-jinja-expressway#comments Newly Constructed Isimba Bridge in Uganda is Open to Traffic https://constructafrica.com/news/newly-constructed-isimba-bridge-uganda-open-traffic <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Newly Constructed Isimba Bridge in Uganda is Open to Traffic</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/122" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Diana Muringo</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 01/11/2021 - 21:47</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2021-01/EqbOlZpXUAMxMfn.jpg?itok=WyFo7D9d" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The newly constructed Isimba Dam&nbsp;bridge connecting&nbsp;Kamuli and Kayunga districts has been commissioned by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and is now open to traffic.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>"It is a great opportunity for the people of Kayunga and Kamuli districts who can now connect from one end to another," said President Museveni while commissioning the newly finished bridge. </p> <p>On 29th December of last year, the new Isismba bridge was assessed to determine if it could manage heavy load and it passed with flying colors. Mr. Lawrence Pario, the head of bridges and structures at the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), proudly announced that the success of the dynamic load testing meant that the bridge was safe for use. The testing exercise lasted for seven hours and involved placing 4 dump trucks that weighed 30 tonnes each on the bridge. </p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img align-center"> <img alt="Load Testing of Isimba Dam Public Bridge (@UNRA_UG Twitter handle)" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="51d9e584-1139-40ea-a89e-46bcb272e47e" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/EqbOnvbXIAA8DXl.jpg" /> <figcaption><em>Load Testing of Isimba Dam Public Bridge (@UNRA_UG Twitter handle)</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>“This exercise is very important in bridge construction because we have to test it to confirm whether it is fit for public use before it is commissioned,” said Mr. Lawrence as he headed the testing exercise. After seven long hours under the sun, Mr. Lawrence was relieved when he said, “It has passed the test and we shall recommend to the relevant authorities that it is ready for commissioning.”</p> <p>And commissioned it was.</p> <p>On Thursday, the 7th of January 2020, President Museveni officiated the commissioning ceremony for the completed bridge. This bridge is part of the US$567.7 million 183MW Isimba Hydro Power Plant &amp; Isimba-Bujagali Interconnection Project. </p> <p>China International Water and Electric Corporation, the same company that constructed the 183MW Isimba Dam, is responsible for the successful construction of this project. Construction started in August 2019 and was completed in December 2020. The bridge is approximately 890 meters long and lies 500 meters downstream of the Isimba Hydropower Plant. It also has a deck that is 11.5 meters wide and is well lit at night. </p> <p>This bridge is a big deal as it will help boost trade between the Kayunga and Kamuli districts. Also, it will create an alternative route for travelers who are moving to and from the eastern region. These travelers have previously been using the ferry but its unreliable travel schedules have been costing them. With the Isimba bridge, they can now happily carry out their activities with ease. </p> <p>There were some difficulties experienced during the construction process such as working through the COVID-19 pandemic, but all parties involved managed to complete the project within the set timeline. Finishing the project within the stipulated time was a great achievement given the current global climate and the controversies that surrounded the project. </p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img align-center"> <img alt="Completed Isimba Dam Public Bridge (@UNRA_UG Twitter handle)" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b6e6daad-b38e-47c8-9680-1365ab87eaa6" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/EqbOo9YW4AABETX.jpg" /> <figcaption><em>Completed Isimba Dam Public Bridge (@UNRA_UG Twitter handle)</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>In July 2019, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) and the Ministry of Energy to supervise the construction works.</p> <p>However, early in the year, Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga made a claim that funds for this project had been misappropriated by officials in the Ministry of Energy. Nonetheless, Irene Muloni, the Minister of Energy at the time, was quick to dismiss these claims. </p> <p>Everyone seems happy with the successful completion of the project including the landowners who were settled in the Kamuli district. Ms. Kikomeko Mwanamwoiza, the Kayunga Resident District Commissioner, has encouraged the residents to use the bridge to do business with the neighboring districts. She explained that they can now increase their household incomes by taking advantage of the new bridge and the opportunities it offers.</p> <p><em>Top Photo: Load Testing of Isimba Dam Public Bridge (@UNRA_UG Twitter handle)</em></p> <p>Related News:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.constructafrica.com/news/uganda-president-launches-construction-kira-kasangati-matugga-road" hreflang="en">Uganda President launches construction of Kira—Kasangati—Matugga road</a></li> <li><a href="https://constructafrica.com/news/adf-approves-us715m-uganda-roads-project" hreflang="en">ADF approves US$71.5m for Uganda Roads Project</a></li> <li><a href="https://constructafrica.com/news/chinas-ceec-build-500mw-solar-plant-uganda" hreflang="en">China's CEEC to build 500MW solar plant in Uganda</a></li> </ul> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" hreflang="en">Featured News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/construction" hreflang="en">Construction</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/transport" hreflang="en">Transport</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add a comment</h2> <p class="comment-tagline">ConstructAfrica welcomes lively debate, but will not publish comments that are threatening, libellous or abusive.</p> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=237&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="ymBEtUkEk9afTq0MNqR4544OxQHr-_sxtGVi1dPbmQM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 11 Jan 2021 17:47:33 +0000 Diana Muringo 237 at https://constructafrica.com https://constructafrica.com/news/newly-constructed-isimba-bridge-uganda-open-traffic#comments Uganda President launches construction of Kira—Kasangati—Matugga road https://constructafrica.com/news/uganda-president-launches-construction-kira-kasangati-matugga-road <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Uganda President launches construction of Kira—Kasangati—Matugga road</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Staff Writer</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 01/01/2021 - 15:41</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2021-01/Museveni_Kira-Matugga%20road.jpg?itok=yJpQx9A7" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, has launched the commencement of construction work on the 16km Kira-Kasangati-Matugga road in Wakiso district in the Central Region of Uganda.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Up until August 2020, most of the road was gravel-surfaced in varying stages of disrepair. In September 2020,&nbsp;the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) signed a contract with Chinese Chongqing International Construction Corporation (CICO),&nbsp;a Chinese contractor, to upgrade the Kira-Kasangati-Matugga road to class II bitumen standard with shoulders, drainage channels, and culverts.</p> <p>The project is estimated to cost USh200.3 billion (approx. US$54.52 million). The period of construction works is expected to last three years.</p> <p>This road is part of the 101 kilometres (63 miles) of the Kampala Outer Beltway Project which is one of 10 expressways being constructed by the government to decongest traffic in Kampala city and the surrounding metropolitan area.</p> <p>The Kira-Kasangati-Matugga road starts at Kyaliwajjala junction running westwards through Kira, crossing the Kampala-Gayaza road at Kasangati in Wakiso district and terminating at Matugga on the Kampala-Bombo Highway.</p> <p>The roadworks&nbsp;comprises&nbsp;the Kira-Kasangati-Matugga section, Najjera-Buwate Spur with a loop connecting Family Care access road to Najjera-Buwate spur.</p> <p>The project will also involve the provision of a two-meter segregated walkway and another two-meter bicycle lane on each side of the road, in addition to the construction of bicycle racks and bodaboda stages at each of the signalized junctions between Kyaliwajjala and Matugga.</p> <p>The project also involves improvement of Junctions that feed into the main project road.</p> <p>The scope of construction works includes:</p> <ul> <li>upgrading the 2 kilometre section between Kira and Kyaliwajjala from the existing 2-lane single carriageway to a 4-lane dual carriageway with a median and&nbsp;provision of walkways and cycle lanes&nbsp; (safety measures intended to reduce road conflicts &amp; traffic related crashes);</li> <li>construction roundabout junctions at Kyaliwajjala, Kira, Kasangati and&nbsp;Matugga, and installation of traffic lights at the roundabout junctions;</li> <li>improvement of Erisa, Mpererwe, Kyanja, Gayaza, and Kasangati junctions on the Kampala-Gayaza stretch;</li> </ul> <p>Allen&nbsp;Kagina, UNRA executive director, is reported to have stated at the contract signing ceremony that&nbsp;“This will be the first urban road to have segregated pedestrian walkways and bicycle lanes which will enhance the safety of the pedestrians and cyclists”.&nbsp;Furthermore, the road will be installed with a solar power lighting system.</p> <p><em>Photo: President&nbsp;Yoweri Museveni flagging off&nbsp;construction works on Kira-Kasangati-Matugga road project (@UNRA_UG Twitter handle)</em></p> <p>Related News:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://constructafrica.com/news/adf-approves-us715m-uganda-roads-project" hreflang="en">ADF approves US$71.5m for Uganda Roads Project</a></li> <li><a href="https://constructafrica.com/news/chico-awarded-n530m-road-contract-namibia" hreflang="en">CHICO awarded N$530m road contract in Namibia</a></li> <li><a href="https://constructafrica.com/news/chinas-ceec-build-500mw-solar-plant-uganda" hreflang="en">China's CEEC to build 500MW solar plant in Uganda</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" hreflang="en">Featured News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/construction" hreflang="en">Construction</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/transport" hreflang="en">Transport</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add a comment</h2> <p class="comment-tagline">ConstructAfrica welcomes lively debate, but will not publish comments that are threatening, libellous or abusive.</p> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=228&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="F017HooqnwYJ7sGxf8Bh8MKzpSkng0wENNKONQ8fG-k"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 01 Jan 2021 11:41:35 +0000 Staff Writer 228 at https://constructafrica.com https://constructafrica.com/news/uganda-president-launches-construction-kira-kasangati-matugga-road#comments ADF approves US$71.5m for Uganda Roads Project https://constructafrica.com/news/adf-approves-us715m-uganda-roads-project <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ADF approves US$71.5m for Uganda Roads Project</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Staff Writer</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 12/05/2020 - 19:27</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2020-12/UG3a-min.jpg?itok=qwpV50A5" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Board of the African Development Fund (ADF) has approved a loan of US$71.5 million to pave sections of two roads in southwestern Uganda.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The project is expected to boost livelihoods, school attendance and rural connectivity.</p> <p>The financing will be sourced under ADF-15, the most recent replenishment of the Fund, which is the concessional lending window of the African Development Bank Group. The loan represents roughly 86% of the project’s total costs and the government of Uganda will fund the remaining $11.9 million.</p> <p>The central element of the project is to upgrade and pave 34 km of the Kabale-Lake Bunyonyi-Kabeho circuit and the Kisoro-Mgahinga Park Gates road, as well as construction of two roadside markets, farm produce holding facilities and four ferry landing sites on Lake Bunyonyi.</p> <p>The funds will also underwrite the provision of two ferries with navigational aids and the provision of technical assistance to the government to strengthen road safety regulations and support implementation of inland water transport aspects of the project. The project also makes provision for relocation and compensation of those affected.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The intervention’s complementary approach – blending investment in road renewal with investment in farming and other infrastructure – aims to increase market access for farm produce, increase productivity in a rural part of the country, and strengthen social welfare.</p> <p>Expected outcomes include improved tourism earnings, higher farm gate prices for commodities, increased school enrolment, and stronger hospital attendance in the project area.</p> <p>The loan aligns with the government of Uganda’s third National Development Plan 2020/21-2024/25 under its Vision 2040. It is also consistent with the African Development Bank Group’s 10-year Strategy 2013-22, Pillar I of ADF-15 Strategic Priorities as well as two of the High-5s operational priorities: Feed Africa and Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa.</p> <p>“This innovative and integrated infrastructure development project is poised to increase market development, widen business opportunities and scale up food productivity, enhancing income levels in South-western Uganda,” said Amadou Oumarou, African Development Bank Director of Infrastructure and Urban Development.</p> <p><em>Photo: Street in Iganga City, Uganda (Nurian Mammadzada | Dreamstime)</em></p> <p>Related News:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://constructafrica.com/news/afdb-approves-us120m-tanzania-hydropower-project" hreflang="en">AfDB approves US$120m for Tanzania Hydropower Project</a></li> <li><a href="https://constructafrica.com/news/construction-begins-widen-abidjans-civil-prison-road-eu567m-afdb-funding" hreflang="en">Construction begins to widen Abidjan's Civil Prison Road with €567m AfDB funding</a></li> <li><a href="https://constructafrica.com/news/chinas-ceec-build-500mw-solar-plant-uganda" hreflang="en">China's CEEC to build 500MW solar plant in Uganda</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4" hreflang="en">Main News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/construction" hreflang="en">Construction</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/finance" hreflang="en">Finance</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/transport" hreflang="en">Transport</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add a comment</h2> <p class="comment-tagline">ConstructAfrica welcomes lively debate, but will not publish comments that are threatening, libellous or abusive.</p> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=195&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="iP_XYjVOxrUmQsLcFQpTjqKDVKsaL9GZnMg6d8HQWM8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sat, 05 Dec 2020 15:27:24 +0000 Staff Writer 195 at https://constructafrica.com https://constructafrica.com/news/adf-approves-us715m-uganda-roads-project#comments China's CEEC to build 500MW solar plant in Uganda https://constructafrica.com/news/chinas-ceec-build-500mw-solar-plant-uganda <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">China&#039;s CEEC to build 500MW solar plant in Uganda</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Staff Writer</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 07/13/2020 - 23:05</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/news_image_full_width/public/2020-07/Soroti%20Solar%20Power%20Uganda_0.png?itok=iwxQN2w3" width="730" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-news-image-full-width" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Chinese state-owned energy conglomerate, China Energy Engineering Corporation (CEEC), is planning to invest US$500 million in the construction of a 500MW solar photovoltaic (PV) complex at an unspecified location in Uganda.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-news-contents field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>CEEC has signed a US$500 million framework agreement with China Gezhouba International Company in February for financing and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) related to the project. The EPC scope of work covers designing, procuring, constructing and performing trials for the project, which would be developed in two phases.</p> <p>China Gezhouba Group Company is a Chinese construction and engineering company based in Wuhan, Hubei, China. The company is currently working on projects ranging from power plants and dams to roads and bridges across Africa.</p> <p>According to a report published on the website asianpower the location and schedule of the project remain unclear, however the plant is to be a 500 MW plant and will be installed in two phases. The proposed solar plant would raise the installed capacity in Uganda by 50% (installed capacity at the end of 2018 was 1,055 MW).</p> <p>In 2019, two solar power plants were commissioned in Uganda, a 24 MW solar project developed by Great Lakes Africa Energy, Xsabo Power and Uganda Electricity Transmission Company in southern Uganda and a 10 MW solar PV project developed by Tryba Energy and built by Metka EGN in Bufulbi.</p> <p><em>Photo: Uganda Location Map (Wikimedia Maps)</em><br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4" hreflang="en">Main News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/energy" hreflang="en">Energy</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add a comment</h2> <p class="comment-tagline">ConstructAfrica welcomes lively debate, but will not publish comments that are threatening, libellous or abusive.</p> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=75&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="7qrPJPFvc8WaoColDw-4F8sOSO9WbTphv2scOBSb4Rs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 13 Jul 2020 19:05:01 +0000 Staff Writer 75 at https://constructafrica.com https://constructafrica.com/news/chinas-ceec-build-500mw-solar-plant-uganda#comments