Ghana & Ethiopia to undergo major construction projects in 2017
Following on from 2016, Africa’s commitment to undergoing several major projects in construction and renovation works within a number of sectors is set to continue. With the completion of the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway which is set to improve trading routes, the Ethiopian Roads Authority (ETA) has also pledged $2.8 million to both internal and external contractors to deliver vital works to develop the country and ensure it tackles all areas, such as housing, infrastructure, transportation and trade routes, in addition to ensuring economic growth and increased tourism into the country.
The new projects, regarded as vital investment into the country’s operations will create over 3,000 new construction roles within the country. “Upon completion, these roads will have significant contributions to tourism development and mineral extraction while strengthening the people-to-people relations,” commented Director General Araya Girmay to Construction Review Online.
The ETA’s funding will cement the building of seven new roads within Ethiopia, in addition to over 150 other projects within the region, which will be open to contractors both within the country and outside of Ethiopia to ensure the work is delivered within agreed timescales. Companies which won tenders for construction works were Markan Trading PLC, Ethiopian Construction Works Corporation, Sur Construction PLC, Mekelakeya Construction Enterprise and Yonatan Abiy General Works.
Another project due for completion is with the investment of Mauritius, also situated within East Africa. A popular destination for couples on honeymoon has increased economic growth and tourism numbers in the region. The city is pledging to support the proposed project to construct a new technological city in Ghana, investing a significant number of workers in order to drive economic growth within West Africa, including conference centres, finance and innovation towers and headquarters for ICT companies, increasing employment and an increased number of professionals from a range of sectors to Ghana.
Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade for Mauritius has also pledged to support the country’s present industries, such as sugarcane by setting up new factories to increase production and exportation numbers, stating: "We, as a country, are hoping to invest heavily in Ghana in the area of sugar production for export to the rest of the world by citing factories in parts of Ghana. Let me say that so long as there is the availability of water or dams to support the production of the raw material, we are in business.” This, in effect, will further increase construction worker employment figures within a range of sectors into the area. The energy produced from these factories will also help to support the use of sustainable energy within the region.
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Masdar, PT PLN begin work on floating PV solar project
UAE-based renewable energy company Masdar, in partnership with PT PLN, an organisation specialising in electrical power and owned by the Indonesian government, has announced today it has started work on a floating photovoltaic (PV) solar project in West Java. The company says the 145MW plant is the first of its kind in the country. The project, which will be constructed on the Cirata reservoir in West Java, was financed by the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Societe Generale, and Standard Chartered Bank.
Developing the project is PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali Masdar Solar Energi (PMSE), a joint venture between Masdar and PT PLN subsidiary PT PJBI. Bahlil Lahadalia, Minister of Investment for the Republic of Indonesia and chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, said: “This is a flagship project of the UAE’s investment in Indonesia, and most importantly, it is in line with the Indonesian Government’s target to increase renewable energy by 23% by 2025.”
Ladhadalia added: “The Ministry of Investment fully supports the investment realisation of the Cirata Floating Solar Project by PT PJBI and Masdar.” The plant is said to be the largest in south-east Asia, and one of the biggest in the world. Around 800 jobs will be created during its construction phase.
During the project’s development, Masdar has conducted several social initiatives to raise awareness of sustainability and strengthen the engagement of the local community. Talking about the partnership with Masdar, Amir Faisal, president director of PJBI, said: “We see tremendous potential for similar projects in Indonesia and we look forward to continuing our fruitful collaboration with Masdar to work on more renewable energy projects and help our nation achieve its clean energy objectives.
“This floating power project is a first for Indonesia and is also a significant step in PJBI’s renewable energy journey,” he added.
Facts about solar energy
- Solar power is the most abundant energy source on earth: There’s enough solar energy reaching the earth every hour to meet all of humanity’s power needs for a whole year.
- The cost of solar panels has fallen by 99% since 1977: The price per watt for a single solar cell in 1977 was US$77. Today that same cell costs Us$0.21 per watt US$0.39 per watt for an assembled module, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
- China is the global leader in solar energy: Whilst solar power is increasing in popularity in the US, China is currently the country with the biggest uptake. Research conducted by GTM in 2017 predicted that the US would install 12.4GW of solar power during that year. China, on the other hand, installed 24.4GW of power in the first half of 2017 alone.