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June 19, 2019

Turkey Opens New Highway

north jarmara highway junction opens
north jarmara highway junction opens
M. Cahit Turhan, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, will open the TEM junction of the North Marmara Motorway at the end of this week, said: "This road will be especially important for industrialists in this region." He said.
Ikitelli Organized Industrial Zone industrialists and business people Turhan Minister met with, here in his speech, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's leadership launched in Turkey last 17 years touched on the important services and projects.
important projects in all areas of Turkey Turhan stated that implemented, "Is it enough? That will not do. We need to continue to invest and we will continue to invest for our country. ”
Turhan, Turkey, noting that in recent years noticed everyone to changes in the transport field, can be reached every corner of Turkey, has become accessible, almost all cities divided highways, and large cities noted that connects with the highway.
Turhan said that they are now connecting the cities with high-speed trains and added: sahip It is very important for our industrialist to bring raw material and deliver the product it produces to the market. If we did not make the roads, our roads would not have the chance to carry the current traffic. Our industrialists' chances of competition would be minimized. With this infrastructure, we have pioneered the growth of our industrialists and the spread of the industry across the country. At the moment, the investments we have made underlie the establishment of organized industrial zones all over our country. ”
“Kanal Istanbul will accelerate the development in the region”
Minister Turhan said that the country's exports exceeded the bar of 170 billion dollars and that the export figures increased every year and that the ratio of exports to imports came to 90 percent.
Stating that the industrialists succeeded, Turhan said:
“What we did at this point was to meet your infrastructure needs and we did it. We will continue to do so. At the end of this week, we will open the TEM junction of the Northern Marmara Motorway. The opening of this road will be especially important for our industrialists in this region. The construction of Channel Istanbul will also accelerate the development in the region. At this point, in order to meet the capacity to be formed in the region, we will implement a project that will connect the Basaksehir junction to the Hasdal junction under Cebeci Neighborhood and then to the North Marmara Motorway. ”
Uz We continue to work for our country ”
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Turhan said that there has been significant changes in the course of world trade recently and that the axis of global trade has shifted to the east more and more every day.
Stating that there are substantial alternatives to western-based global institutional structures in the east, as in the Belt and Road Initiative project, Turhan said:
Ürün Currently, the product coming from China reaches the European market in 45 days to 2 months. When our high speed and YHT projects are completed, the train from China will reach Europe in 17 day. We have completed more than 2 kilometers of 500 thousand kilometers of this project in our country. The high-speed train project over the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge continues. also Halkalı- We also started the Kapıkule railway project. These will enable our industrialists and farmers to reach their international markets in the shortest time and at the lowest cost. As we have seen, we continue to work for our country. Yes, there are those who put obstacles in front of us, there are those who open a trench, but we will continue on our way no matter what. ”
Source-  Railly News

March 21, 2019

New Road Tender


The Government Administration Building.



EUSTATIUS--Government Commissioner of St. Eustatius Marcolino “Mike” Franco said a new tender was launched recently for reconstruction of Jeems Road.

  Under the former, ousted Island government, the contract had been awarded to two local contractors. Franco stated that the Public Entity had to open a new tender project, but added that the two local contractors are also able to make their bid.
  “The tender is a completely new open tender and the government hopes that a lot of local contractors inscribe to that tender,” Franco added.
  Franco stated that the Public Entity is busy reorganizing the civil servants’ corps. “What we had before was a template in which during 10-10-10 a public entity such as St. Eustatius would have measures put in place. Now we are nine years later and we have knowledge of what works and what does not work here,” Franco said.
  Therefore, the reorganization is not a template that has been forced from above, but a joint venture in which the unit managers are participating to indicate what would be ideal for their organization.
  “With those results, we built up a new template which has to be followed accordingly…At this moment, there are a lot of people at functions in government who are functioning well, but these same persons have not been officially appointed to those positions,” said Franco.
  These persons have to reapply for them to be officially appointed to the positions in question, “and that is what is happening at this moment,” Franco said.
  On whether the current Government Administration Building, – formerly known as the Governor’s Mansion – would be demolished, Franco stated that the demolition of the building depends on whether engineers verify that a two-story building can be built in that location, as all that land is government-owned. The engineers will also be looking at the area behind telecommunications company Eutel, across from Gwendoline van Putten School (GvP).
  It is the idea to build one central government building in which all departments of the Public Entity and of Government Department Caribbean Netherlands RCN are to be located. Residents would then be able to go to one building, instead of having to visit various locations.
  “This is not a completely new idea,” said Franco. “This new building would have been at the land next to St. Eustatius Utility Company STUCO, but it was shelved because persons wanted a more central location for the building.”
  Building at that location would depend on the reconstruction of GvP School. “If the location is found to be suitable, then yes, we will demolish the government administration building,” Franco said.
  The contracts of the government Commissioners are to expire by February 2020, as their contracts, which started in February 2018, are for a period of two years.
  Asked whether there would be an extension of the two-year period, Franco said, “It is too soon to say, because my plan is to finish my job within  two years. I do understand that a large group of Statians want to see elections, an elected Island government with a newly appointed Governor, and I do respect that. As State Secretary [of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations – Ed.] Raymond Knops said in the beginning, ’We will stay as long as necessary, but as short as possible,’” Franco said.
Source- Daily Herald

January 2, 2019

Infrastructure Boom

Controversial tender system allows Turkish companies to dominate World Bank public investment list



Five of the world’s top 10 private sponsors of public infrastructure projects are Turkish companies, figures in the World Bank’s 2018 Private Participation in Infrastructure Database show.
Limak Holding, Cengiz Holding, Kolin, Kalyon and MNG Holding are the Turkish companies crowding the top 10, where they are joined by companies from Brazil, Germany, the United States and France.
The heavy Turkish presence on the list reflects Turkey’s status as one of the world’s highest investors in infrastructure projects. The World Bank’s data places Turkey as the fourth highest with $143 billion worth of investment, after Brazil, India and China.
The increased investment that brought Turkey back to the top five in 2018 was largely thanks to four highway megaprojects, the World Bank’s report said.
However, the number of Turkish companies on the list is likely down to Turkey’s private-public partnership system, which has been used to fund a diverse array of megaprojects that includes bridges, ports, roads, airports and even the planned construction of a massive canal that will join the Black Sea and Marmara Sea, turning Istanbul into an island.
High-profile projects still under construction include a new airport in Istanbul, where a soft opening was held in October. The airport, which is planned to be the world’s largest when construction is finally complete, is being built by a consortium of five companies, four of which - Limak, Kolin, Cengiz and Kalyon – feature in the World Bank’s list. The fifth, Mapa Construction, is a Saudi-based company.
Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has gained great political capital from the projects completed in Turkey using this system, and the long list of successful infrastructure projects serves as an inexhaustible source to draw from when AKP politicians are challenged to defend their party’s achievements over 16 years in power.
However, critics say the system has been used as a way of giving out handouts to the government’s clients. It allows private companies granted tender on the projects to make an initial investment and construct the infrastructure, after which they are granted the license to operate it for periods often reaching decades.
One of the main sources of criticism stems from the guaranteed income the government often grants these companies during their tender period. Agreements may stipulate that, in the event that a tender-operating company’s revenues from the infrastructure projects do not reach a certain level, the government will pay the difference.
This has led at times to massive pay-outs from the public coffers to contractors. That the income is often guaranteed in dollars or euros has exaggerated public losses even further this year, as the lira lost value heavily against international currencies.
With the revelation that five Turkish companies had done enough business in this fashion to enter the World Bank’s top ten list, Turks on social media quickly pointed out that none of these five companies were among the list of Turkey’s top taxpayers.
A glaring example demonstrating the shortcomings of the AKP’s public-private partnership system came with the construction of an airport designed to service the three western Turkish provinces of Kütahya, Uşak and Afyonkarahisar.
The income guaranteed to the contractor, IC İçtaş, is based on passenger quotas of hundreds of thousands of passengers per year. However, over the first five years in operation, the passenger numbers have fallen 95 percent short of these quotas, a figure that has cost the Turkish public over 20 million euros to date.
With the company granted tender until 2044, that figure if it maintains its current rate will rise to over 200 million euros in total – a figure that dwarfs its initial 50 million-euro investment.
Source - AHVAL

November 23, 2018

Road and Rail Plans

Victoria's debt level to double under Labor road and rail plans

Today Victorian Labor pledged to kick-start work on Melbourne's $15.8 billion North East Link toll road on day-one back in office.
The 26km road, which will connect the M80 ring road at Greensborough with the Eastern Freeway, was first proposed by Labor in 2008.
Premier Daniel Andrews recommitted to the project in 2016 and has already put more than $200 million into planning and design.
This morning he promised to call for construction tenders on Monday if successful at the ballot box.
"The tender process will begin on Monday and I know that there will be significant interest from construction companies both here and abroad to get on and build this road," he told reporters.
He expects construction to start in 2020 and the road to open in 2027. The road will be fully funded by taxpayers.

The premier also pledged three more crossing removals at Deer Park and Ardeer.

The premier alongside transport minister Jacinta Allen.
The premier alongside transport minister Jacinta Allen. (AAP)
The road and rail plans would increase net debt to12 percent of Gross State Product, borrowing $25.6 billion to build North East Link, the Airport Rail Link and level crossing removals.
“We pay some, and our kids… who will be the principal beneficiaries, will also make a contribution to the projects that are so vitally important,” Treasurer Tim Pallas told 9News.
Mr Pallas said the state can maintain its AAA credit rating through a dedicated infrastructure fund that would take a $2.3 billion dividend from Victorian insurers over a four-year period.
The treasurer added that there is “no need for new taxes” to fulfil the government’s election commitments.
“I am not going to constrain the Victorian economy by not being able to make changes where we see the changes are appropriate,” he said.
Both Labor and the Liberal Party have promised to build the North East Link toll road, although Opposition Leader Matthew Guy has said he will review the plans if he wins office.
Mr Guy's seat of Bulleen is affected by the current proposed route.
Roads Minister Luke Donnellan said a review of the project by a Liberal-Nationals government would delay construction.
"A vote for the Liberal party ... will mean it will be delayed, continue to be delayed forever," he said.
Melbourne North-East link design. (AAP)
"The last four years that the Liberal party were in they simply didn't get a major project started and completed in their term."
Mr Andrews said the project "stacks up", unlike the dumped East West Link toll road, which cost the state more than $1 billion to scrap in 2014.
"We have got to accept funnelling people through the centre of the city is not the answer," he added.
"Finishing the ring road will allow people to move around the city that's what stacks up."
Mr Andrews then set off for Deer Park, in the state's west, to announce the removal of three rail level crossings, some of Labor's hit-list of 25 if re-elected.
Victorians go to the polls on Saturday.
With AAP
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October 17, 2018

SANRAL Riding the Construction Boom


The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral), which has issued almost no new tenders this year, was hoping to issue several new major multibillion-rand tenders soon.

However, Sanral chief executive Skhumbuzo Macozoma, said yesterday that “the unfortunate impasse” with the National Treasury last year would affect the construction sector through an 18-month lag in construction projects.

Despite this impasse, Macozoma told the annual conference of the SA Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) that Sanral had awarded the two mega bridge projects on the N2 Wild Coast at a cost of more than R3 billion, while the seven packages of new road construction currently under design would soon be tendered and involved a projected further budget of about R6bn.

Macozoma said Sanral was also pushing “very hard” to secure funding for the development of the N3 section from Maritzburg to Durban at an estimated cost of about R20bn.

“It is our hope that with the help of government and industry players, we can unlock the rest of the R128bn worth of national roads projects that were earmarked for roll-out through private finance, which currently cannot move due to the anti-toll sentiment in the country,” he said.

Macozoma added the current Sanral 2018/19 medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) non-toll budget allocation amounted to about R54bn, plus another about R15bn for the toll portfolio.

“This will go to the traditional maintenance and capital works that have been prioritised in this cycle under very difficult budget conditions.

“With such budget commitments to projects over the MTEF, we are the stimulus before the stimulus package,” he said.

Macozoma said the construction industry, while being at its lowest levels currently, was poised to pick up and restore its market status owing to projected growth of the residential, energy, transport and logistics businesses.

Construction boom

But Macozoma said that if the history of road funding was anything to go by, South Africa needed to return not to the 2010 construction boom but to the investment period of the mid-1970s to 1990s.

Macozoma attributed the impasse at National Treasury to supply chain reforms in government that sought to strengthen good governance in the procurement of infrastructure projects.

However, he said there were “serious unintended consequences” that must be addressed with the National Treasury, including project delays and cancellations, and conflict with construction general conditions of contract.

Webster Mfebe, the chief executive of Safcec, said the stimulus and recovery package recently announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa that prioritised infrastructure spending as a key driver of economic activity required a construction industry body that was ready to deliver.

But Mfebe said the lack of work was beginning to deplete the construction industry's capacity.

“If not attended to expeditiously, it will render the local industry hopeless, thereby allowing foreign contractors to dominate the construction sector.

“The rest of Africa is currently experiencing the consequences of the demise of their construction industry. This, among other things, opens a door for the economic colonisation of Africa – the new threat being the 'Chinalisation' of Africa, where government to government investments are prioritised over business to business investments. This scenario can only make foreign companies ready to deliver while the local industry will be completely decimated,” he said.

Isabella Makuta, the president of Safcec, said construction industry trading conditions had become more than dire, with the industry confronted by a litany of challenges and witnessing company closures and downsizing, including job losses at unprecedented levels.

Makutu said the likely delay in the implementation of the envisaged R400bn infrastructure programme might spell the demise of many key players in the industry.

“A jobs bloodbath will be a natural outcome of such unfortunate circumstances. This can and must be avoided,” she said.

African News Agency (ANA)

September 28, 2018

Liverpool Road Tender

Liverpool City Council is looking for contractors to work on a four-year highways framework worth up to £280m.
The framework, one of four platforms the council is creating to invest in roads and new housing, is divided into three lots with projects ranging from £250,000 to £12m for planned highways works including patching and potholes, ground investigation, piling, remedial works, trail pits, bridges and tunnels.
There will be 12 places in total on the framework, across the three lots, with up to 24 suppliers invited to tender.
Interested parties must complete the selection questionnaire by Wednesday 17 October at the Pro Contract website.
The highways frameworks have been set up to enable the delivery of the Better Roads programme, which was launched in 2014, the council said. It added that to date, more than 100 oads have benefitted, including a £1.6m upgrade to Park Lane and the current works dualling the northern gateway to the city centre.
Further procurement frameworks are also being designed to assist the Foundations housing company, which is to be given “stiff targets” to bolster apprenticeships in the region’s construction sector. The frameworks can also can be utilised by other local bodies to contract works.
Mayor Joe Anderson said: Liverpool’s roads are in need of a dramatic overhaul.
“The funding for the roads is in place and Foundations has now been established so the time has now come to fine tune the plans and start delivering.
“To do this, and to make it easier for Liverpool companies to navigate our tendering process, the council’s procurement team has created our first bespoke frameworks.
“This is a watershed moment for the council and symbolises the effort and commitment the entire organisation is undertaking to change the way we operate to be more business friendly so together the public and private sector can make a real difference to the future of the city.”
Source - Placenorhtwest

April 12, 2018

India's Road Building Spree

The Financial Year 2017-18 yielded projects worth over Rs 1,220 billion. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) awarded 150 such projects, the highest number in the latter half of last decade. In last 5 years, the average length of road projects awarded by NHAI was 2,860 km compared to 7,400 km in FY 17-18. This is a record accomplishment by National Highways Authority of India since its inception back in 1995. 

From the 150 projects awarded in FY 17-18, a stretch of 3,791 km was awarded on EPC mode at a figure of Rs 430 billion and 3,396 km was awarded on Hybrid Annuity mode at a cost of Rs 765 billion and the remaining 209 km on Toll mode at a cost of Rs 25 billion. According to the official statement, tendering and awarding of projects accelerated only after approval of the Bharatmala Pariyojana and establishment of a new procedure for sanction put in place in November 2017. 

Bharatmala Pariyojana is a centrally-funded roads and highways project of the Government of India. The project covers a network which is 83,677 km wide with the estimated investment in excess of Rs 5.35 lakh crore. The project will build highways connecting Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Punjab, and then the entire string of the Himalayan States namely Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Some border areas of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are also part of this grand road networking plan. Connecting far-flung border and rural areas is the main agenda behind the initiation of this project. 
Bharatmala will also raise the number of corridors to 50 (from current 6). 

In the run, post-Bharatmala, 232 projects were put on tender covering over 11,200 km of road length with costs exceeding Rs 1,960 billion. The projects granted include coverage of 1,234 km in Rajasthan, 747 km in Odisha, 739 km in Maharashtra, 725 km in Uttar Pradesh, 511 km in Tamil Nadu, 504 km in Andhra Pradesh, 468 km in Karnataka and balance in other states. It is widely expected that projects with coverage of around 3000 km will be awarded in the first two months of FY 2018-19 itself. 


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    April 2, 2018

    Pan Borneo Highway- A Game Changer

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    BINTULU: After waiting for nearly five decades, the dream of the people of Sabah and Sarawak of having a modern highway cutting across two of Malaysia’s largest states is finally being realised, with the Pan-Borneo Highway expected to be completed within five years.

    Spanning 1,089km from Telok Melano and Sematan to Lawas, the mega project was initiated by the Barisan Nasional government under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, with an allocation of RM14.2 billion for the Sarawak portion alone.

    The first phase of the project — Pan-Borneo Highway Sarawak — was officially launched by the prime minister in Bintulu on March 31, 2015. Construction along a 43km-stretch from Nyabau to the Bakun junction began soon after.

    The largest infrastructure development project in the state was announced by Najib as part of the ruling coalition’s manifesto in the 13th General Election (GE13).

    It made history as the first highway project, with a four-lane dual carriageway of JKR R5 standard, to be built toll-free.

    The highway is expected to spur local development and enhance the people’s socio-economic status, including through the creation of many new towns along the highways and boosting the tourism sector.

    “It (highway) will bring a lot of changes to Sarawak, not just in the context of development, but also by boosting the socio-economic level of its people,” said Najib.

    His confidence is based on the success of the North-South Expressway (PLUS) project, which had brought numerous developmental impacts from Johor all the way to Perlis.

    Najib, who is also BN chairman, said the project was seen as an “agent of change” which would be capable of bringing changes to the development of the state, especially in the rural areas and contribute positively to the socio-economy of the people, such as creating jobs and business opportunities.

    In terms of implementation, he said, it benefited the local contractors through the Project-Deliver Partnerships (PDP) method, in particular Sarawak’s Bumiputera companies.

    The mega project is seen as part of efforts to bridge the development gap between the Peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak, and as such, is being closely monitored to ensure it will be completed on schedule to avoid the people in both states being left waiting.

    A check by the New Straits Times Press (NSTP) showed that the construction work on the first phase, involving the Nyabau to Simpang junctions, was proceeding smoothly.

    A resident, Kizie Matusup, 36, said the construction of the highway was a blessing as it would make it easier for people to travel from the north to the south of the state, which was currently a half day’s journey.

    “We need about 12 to 13 hours to travel from Kuching to Miri. It takes us longer during peak seasons, which is exhausting.

    “Sometimes, we need to make a stop overnight in Sibu before continuing our journey, which increases our travel expenses.

    “Once the highway is completed, we expect the travel time to be reduced by at least half,” he said.

    The construction of the highway, which began three years ago, has already started contributing to economic growth, particularly the local food and beverage business as well as shops selling daily necessities and other local products.

    In Sarawak, the 11 work packages under the first phase of the highway are being implemented accordingly, with the majority involving the upgrading of the federal road from two to four lanes, except the Melano-Sematan route.

    The 32.7km-long road was a new route constructed upon the request of the late chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, consisting of bridges and other facilities such as rest and recreation stops.

    As for Sabah, it involves 35 work packages worth RM12.8 billion, which begins from Sindumin, Sipitang to Tawau with seven packages implemented between April 2016 and December last year.

    Borneo Highway PDP (BHP) Sdn Bhd managing director Shahelmey Yahya said the handover of the remaining project package to the contractor was expected to be completed by the end of June, with 10 of them on the west coast, while another 18 packages were in the central and east coast of Sabah.

    “As of March, 10 new packages have been approved by the Finance Ministry.

    “Four more packages are pending approval of allocation, while 14 packages are in the tender process and the preliminary engineering assessment phase,” he said.

    The project also involves the construction of three new routes, namely, Putatan-Inanam known as Kota Kinabalu Outer Ring Road (KKOR), the Tuaran-Kudat Coastal Road and the Lahad Datu Bypass.

    Shahelmey said based on current developments, the supply of construction materials was sufficient, thus, he was confident that the project could be completed on schedule.

    He gave his assurance that the implementation of the project was proceeding smoothly after the tender process and the packages had been handed over to the appointed contractors.

    “If there are any problems, it may have been due to weather conditions and land acquisition processes that delayed the work, but we have reminded all contractors to resolve the minor issues immediately to ensure that the project can be completed on schedule,” he said.

    - NST

    No Money No Honey - Road Projects

    Contractors abandon Sh1.7bn road projects for non-payment



    Construction of Outer Ring Road /MONICAH MWANGI
    Construction of Outer Ring Road /MONICAH MWANGI
    Road contractors have abandoned more than 60 projects since 2013 due to nonpayment by the county. The projects are worth Sh1.7 billion.
    For years residents have been complaining about the high number of stalled projects and poor services by the county government.
    The contractors who quit will lose out because the county will not pay them even for the little work they had done before they withdrew their services. City Hall has already re-advertised the projects.
    Acting Transport chief officer Fredrick Karanja says many more infrastructure projects worth billions of shillings have stalled. But contractors have agreed to carry on with the work after the new administration committed to pay them.
    “We have been engaging them and we will pay those who have agreed to come back. We have so far paid out Sh300 million,” Karanja said.
    This comes as it emerged that at least four people are killed each day on the newly constructed Outer Ring Road in Eastlands.
    Abandoned projects include John Osogo and Muigai Kenyatta roads in Dandora. The two, which lead to Dandora dumpsite, were allocated Sh210 million in the 2016-17 financial year. Others include Ole Sagane Road in Madaraka, which was being rehabilitated, construction of a non-motorised transport route in Kibera and rehabilitation of California Road in Eastleigh.
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    Transport executive Mohammed Dagane said non-payment of contractors is the sector’s main problem. In the current financial year, the executive said, Sh1.2 billion of Sh4.9 billion tenders awarded have been paid.
    The two spoke during a breakfast meeting with journalists at the Sarova Stanley Hotel. All the CECs attended the forum.
    Dagane also blamed the poor state of roads in the county on inadequate technical personnel, lack of county-owned basic construction equipment, under-investment in public transport and massive encroachment on road reserves.
    Meanwhile, the county government has written to the Kenya Urban Roads Authority to construct footbridges and other safety structures to reduce the numbers accidents on the road.
    “We have asked them to introduce safe crossing ways like tunnels and underpasses. But another problem is the habit of Kenyan drivers who always want to test their vehicles whenever a new road is built,” Karanja said.