Egyptian Minister inspects Tanzania hydroelectric dam
Egypt’s Housing Minister Assem al-Gazzar has carried out an inspection of construction works at the Julius Nyerere hydroelectric dam in Tanzania, which is being developed by an Egyptian consortium of Arab Contractors and Elsewedy Electric at a cost of £2.19 billion.
According to a report by Egypt Independent, Gazzar says that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is periodically following the project’s progress and explains that his visit is to check up on the project’s implementation.
He adds that the project is a reflection of the relationship between the two African countries, and will help Tanzania progress, providing further electrical power and higher development rates.
Since its inception in December 2018, the project has been carried out smoothly.
Gazzar was accompanied by a Housing Ministry delegation and the Egyptian coalition implementing the project, where he inspects work done at the main dam and the river diversion tunnel, which has been finally finalised.
The project team anticipates that this month will see the river’s course diverted, the report adds.
The power station is located across the Rufiji River in the Stiegler’s Gorge, at the Selous Game Reserve in the Morogoro region, 220 kilometres southwest of Dar es Salaam, the commercial capital and largest city in Tanzania.
The project aims to generate 2,115MW of electricity to provide Tanzania’s energy needs, as well as controlling water levels during flood periods and satisfy the state’s water needs. The 134-dam will have a storage capacity of 34 million cubic meters of water. It will be 100-kilometres long and 1,350 square kilometres in area, while the earth embankment will be 3.7 million cubic metres.
The Egyptian Independent report states that the powerhouse will be above-ground and consist of nine vertical Francis turbines with capacity ranging from 200MW to 300MW each, and power generators with a capacity of 1,200MW each. Power transformers of 235-353MVA each, with a combined capacity of 2,470MVA will be installed. The plant will also include a 400kV switch yard.
Additional infrastructure will include electric switch gears, a protection system and fire detection system, along with an auxiliary power supply, DC systems, cooling and sewage systems.
Furthermore, 10kms of internal roads will be constructed, along with 15kms of residential roads. 350 permanent houses and 3,000 secondary houses.
Skanska invests $225m in Houston office project
Skanska is investing US$225m in an office development project, 1550 on the Green in Houston, with construction expected to begin in June and scheduled to be completed in 2024.
The construction contract is worth US$125M, which will be included in the Q2 order bookings. International law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has signed a 15-year lease for about 30 percent of the building.
Located at 1550 Lamar Street, adjacent to Discovery Green, in downtown Houston, Skanska plans to develop and build a 28-floor, 34,800 square meter office tower.
1550 on the Green will be the first part of a three-block master plan by Skanska, which will transform the parcels into a distinguished district known as Discovery West and consist of 3.5 acres of mixed-use development full of restaurants, retail and lush green space. The project will target LEED and WiredScore Platinum certifications.
Since 2009, Skanska has invested a total of US$2.8 billion in commercial and multi-family projects, creating more than 1 million square meters of sustainable and community focused developments in select U.S. markets. Skanska USA had sales of SEK66 billion in 2020 with 7,600 employees in its operations.
Skanska’s flagship London office has set the standard in sustainable workspaces by becoming the first in the UK to achieve WELL Platinum under the new v2 pilot scheme.
The accreditation from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) was awarded through the v2 pilot, the newest version of the WELL Building Standard. It looks at all building features and management processes – from air and water quality to lighting, acoustics, nutrition, thermal comfort and mental wellbeing. It’s widely recognised as the industry yardstick for measuring how workspaces can contribute to the wellbeing of occupants.
The offices – which span three floors of the newly developed 51 Moorgate – contain floor-to-ceiling windows for extensive natural light, dedicated wellbeing and quiet spaces, as well as stringent air and water quality monitoring, among a range of other features that have helped earn the standard.
The company has also been exploring drone flights for use in industrial environments.
Peter Cater, Development Manager, said it was invited to carry out trials because of its use and knowledge of drone capability. "The trials have benefited everyone involved: sees.ai get to test their equipment and remote use of the drones and we get access to accurate, real-time data on our construction activities which benefits us and our customer, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation."
“Projects like this – at the forefront of innovation – go to show what an exciting industry construction is to be involved in. We are always looking for innovative ways of working, ways to be more sustainable so we can find better solutions for our customers. These trials are just one small part of our digital transformation journey.”