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May 31, 2019

Multi Model Transport

Riga Central station reconstruction contract awarded

30 May 2019
LATVIA: Design and build contracts for the reconstruction of Riga Central station as a multimodal transport hub with provision for 1 435 mm gauge services were signed on May 29 by Latvia’s Rail Baltica implementation agency Eiropas Dzelzceļa Līnijas and the Besix Rere Group.
EDzL selected the joint venture of Belgium’s Besix SA and local construction group Rere Buve SIA following an international tender launched in April 2017; this attracted seven expressions of interest, of which two were shortlisted to submit final bids in December. Besix Rere’s bid of €430·5m was significantly lower than the €545·5m from the ITL Rail Baltica grouping. The winning bidders have experience on similar projects, including the Brussels RER network and the reconstruction of Utrecht station.
Following an outline plan developed by PLH Arkitekter and Cowi, the existing 1 520 mm gauge line through the Latvian capital is to be reconstructed on an elevated alignment, along with the construction of 2·6 route-km of 1 435 mm gauge tracks. This would require six new road bridges and a 1 km bridge over the River Daugava which will include a pedestrian walkway and cycleway.
According to EDzL, the new station will be ‘compliant with modern requirements and aesthetically attractive’. The existing four island platforms will be replaced by five higher platforms to facilitate level boarding of both broad and standard gauge trains. Each platform will have stairs, escalators and lifts to improve accessibility, whilst a new 6 000m² concourse and waiting area will be built above the platforms. The multimodal transport hub will provide a new bus interchange and a multi-storey car park.
The work is to be undertaken in four phases. The completion of detailed design work is expected in 2021, with construction expected to begin in the second half of that year. To minimise disruption, work will start on the southern half of the project, with the northern part of the station area to be reconstructed once the first part of the new facilities are operational.
Construction of the elevated alignment will allow the removal of sections of the current railway embankment near the central bus station and Elizabetes Street, opening up ground-level connections between the old city and the suburb of Maskava.
Between 81% and 85% of the financing is expected to come from the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility, with the remainder to be provided from Latvia’s national budget.

March 15, 2019

Road Tender Fight

End tender fight for road project

litigation
We don’t need litigation. We badly need that road. FILE PHOTO | NMG 
Two international investors are engaged in what promises to be an explosive battle over the lucrative $1 billion contract for building of the 175 kilometre Nairobi-Nakuru- Mau Summit Highway under the so called Public Private Partnership (PPP) deal.
On one corner of the ring is a consortium led by French group Vinci Meridian and on the other a consortium led by a Portuguese group that also includes French players, dubbed Rift Valley Connect (RVC).
Already, RVC- on being informed that the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has decided to give the contract to their competitors - has moved to lodge a complaint with the Public Private Partnership Petition Committee, the entity that listens to grievances lodged by parties who feel cheated.
It is not a good sign at all because this matter may drag in litigation and contestation for months. If I were asked to mention the greatest drawback to implementation of PPP projects in Kenya I would say delays from unending litigation.
The situation has been made worse by inbuilt weaknesses in a procurement regime and system that puts too much emphasis on too many inane rules, procedures, documentation and notices.
With the emphasis on process, rather than bigger issue of public interest such as value for money and the fact that we badly need a new road through the most important transport corridor in East Africa, it is very easy for the contracting authority or even the competing contractors to commit slip ups and lapses in the interpretation of rules.
Instructively, the major cause in the current dispute is a mundane disagreement over the interpretation of income tax laws.
That since both consortia - in preparing their financial bids- contravened the Income Tax Act of Kenya, the two bids should have been rejected. I do not want to discuss the merits or demerits of the matter because the issue is now before a tribunal.
But there are broader policy questions that this dispute raises. If you asked me, I will tell you that what I want are PPP procurement systems that work for Kenyans. The present regime was designed so that we spend taxpayers’ money paying the army of consultants that must be hired for these transactions.
And, they come in different shapes. Transaction advisers, PPP specialists and even the big audit firms all queue at the Exchequer’s trough.
I hope that this important project will not be held hostage by unending litigation. Under the present arrangement, the PPP tribunal must dispose of the dispute in 10 days.
In litigious Kenya, it does not work. A good procurement system must deliver speed, finality and cheapness. But we have an arrangement that works like a casino.
When – as a contractor- you lose at the PPP tribunal- you double your stakes and take your case to the High Court. When you lose there, you triple your stakes and escalate the matter to the Court of Appeal. A number of PPP projects have not been able to move after intervention by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission that is also not famous for disposing of matters expeditiously.
If the disappointed contractor still ends up losing in all these players, they have the leeway of sponsoring parliamentary inquiries. In Kenya, some disappointed contractors resort to sponsoring civil society organisations and non- state actors to litigate over procurement matters on their behalf.
One of the very first cases to be heard by the PPP tribunal was a case filed by Kituo Cha Sheria, challenging the constitutionality of the appointment of members of the tribunal. It was no coincidence that this matter came up just as the PPP tribunal was preparing to hear what turned out to be a politically explosive concessioning of the second container terminal at the Mombasa Port.
The Northern Corridor is the busiest and most important highway in East and Central Africa, the gateway from Mombasa to several countries. If I were the one making decisions, I would call the two winning bidders to a conference and see whether they can reach some form of accommodation. We don’t need litigation. We badly need that road.

March 12, 2019

Zimbabwe spending 1B

Mnangagwa's govt to spend $1bn on roads

by Staff reporter
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Government has committed over $1 billion for road construction and rehabilitation with various projects underway across the country under the 2019 Road Development Programme. 

Funding for this flagship project, which is the biggest road project in 20 years, is being mobilised from the two percent Intermediated Money Transfer Tax as well as the Zimbabwe National Road Administration Infrastructure Bond, as President Mnangagwa's administration pursues its development trajectory. 

According to the 2019 Infrastructure Plan released by Treasury last year, the rehabilitation of the roads through private-public-partnerships has been difficult, hence the switch to seek financing from the domestic market. 

Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Joel Biggie Matiza, who is carrying out a nationwide tour to assess progress of the various roadworks, said Government's thrust was to refurbish existing roads and construct new roads which befit an upper middle income economy. 

"As we embark on our 2030 vision, which aims to transform Zimbabwe into an upper middle income economy, we must construct roads which befit that status. There is quite a lot of work going on some of the projects which have been pending for a while without work going on," he said.

"We are coming of a recessionary situation. Our roads need to be revamped to a situation where we have a national standard or even SADC standards of roads so that we are able to ply there and do our economic deliverables easily." 

The road dualisation programme for State roads and upgrading of gravel roads is in line with Government's Transitional Stabilisation Programme, which outlines that "the road, rail and air sub-sectors are critical in rapid industrialisation and agricultural advancement as they facilitate trade and movement of goods and people, hence, the need to rehabilitate and upgrade the current stock of assets". 

The TSP document further states that the comprehensive Roads Development Programme, with support from the fiscus, is targeting upgrades from gravel to bituminous surfacing at an average cost of US$500 000 per kilometre. 

The target is to complete 20km for each gravel road every year until completion. Through the fiscus, over US$250 million has been released for roadworks. Minister Matiza said the roads should be done properly and there is need for quality control as Government was not interested in "seeing just black tar".

He said tenders were being drawn up for consultants to come and assist road authorities to ensure that roads can last up to 20 years. 

"We are introducing the project management programme in the ministry. As I speak, tenders are being prepared to get other consultants to come and assist provincial road engineers to make sure there is quality in the roads. We know we have challenges of manpower in some areas in terms of experience," he said. 

"We have experience out there in the private sector and we want them to participate in this national programme which have seen us doing a lot of work over a short time. Before the coming in of the new dispensation there was no activity taking place but now 1km a day or more." He said the new dispensation was geared to revamping the country's roads. Writing for The Herald last week, Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube said construction was at the heart of Government's agenda. 

"Indeed, building is at the heart of our agenda, in particular road building. This essential infrastructure is arguably the most important of all our public assets, contributing to economic development and growth whilst providing access to economic opportunities, employment, health and education services," he said. 

"It connects Zimbabweans and levels the playing field. All Zimbabweans have the basic and fundamental right to access healthcare, access markets, and the freedom of movement. Roads, therefore, are key. Drawing from the short-term Transitional Stabilisation Programme, the 2019 Infrastructure Investment Plan, with an allocation of over US$900 million, targets to more than double our investment in the road sector."

He said Government was upgrading 781km of Zimbabwe's road network, re-gravelling 483km and constructing 22 bridges. Minister Ncube said each of the targeted roads has been identified including specific works for the year, which provides an opportunity for citizens to monitor progress in implementing planned works. 

The District Development Fund is gravelling and regrading at least three feeder roads per province, while urban and rural local authorities are up-scaling the road rehabilitation exercise for roads under their purview.

March 8, 2019

Qatar Road Works









The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has earmarked QR18.8bn for 55 new roads and infrastructure projects in new and existing subdivisions for 2019, it was announced at a seminar held in Doha Wednesday.
Ashghal president Dr Saad bin Ahmad al-Muhannadi made the announcement before construction industry stakeholders and companies at the authority’s ‘3rd Industry Briefing on Ashghal’s Current and Upcoming Infrastructure Projects in New and Existing Subdivisions’.

During the seminar, Ashghal presented the local roads and drainage projects that will be tendered this year, in addition to projects that are currently under construction.


The event was attended by stakeholders and companies in Qatar's construction industry. 
Dr al-Muhannadi said Ashghal’s plan for 2019 is based on HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani’s directives, “which emphasise the need to focus on the infrastructure projects in new and existing subdivisions and to complete them on time with the required quality.”

Of the 55 new projects, 32 are residential area projects worth QR15.8bn for over 22,000 plots (10 in tender and 22 to be tendered), according to Roads Projects Department manager, Saoud al-Tamimi. 
Al-Tamimi added that the remaining projects are 23 Roads Improvement Works (RIWs) worth QR3bn, of which eight are in the tender stage and 15 are to be tendered.

He also said Ashghal has allotted QR9.1bn for 36 subdivisions projects under construction this year, of which 14 are in residential areas serving over 16,000 plots worth QR6.5bn in 10 areas, including south Al Wukair, Al Kharaitiyat, Izghawa, Al Ebb, Leabaib, Al Foroush, North Al Nasiriyah, West Al Mashaf, and Muaither, while 22 are RIW projects with a value of QR2.6bn.

From 2017, Ashghal focused on infrastructure projects in existing and new subdivisions across the country, and delivered 15 projects in 2017 and 2018 in 11 residential areas, including Al Wakra West, Rawdat Al Hamama, Al Mashaf East, and Al Wukair North, in addition to road and drainage projects.
The projects implemented in 2018 served about 3,900 subdivisions comprising road works of about 175km and 290km of pedestrian and cycle paths, as well as more than 125km of drainage networks and storm water network with a length of more than 285km.

December 1, 2018

Procurement Model - Progressive or Blocking


SHINOVENE IMMANUEL and TJIPENANDJAMBI KUHANGA
THE Central Procurement Board has told the Roads Authority to re-advertise two highway road tenders worth N$1,4 billion.
However, the Roads Authority, a parastatal tasked with constructing and managing national roads, believes that the procurement process will delay the projects for more years.

The highways in question include the Windhoek to Okahandja road which would be extended by 21 kilometres for N$1 billion while the Swakopmund to Walvis Bay road will be extended by eight kilometres for N$435 million.

A person familiar with this matter said the Central Procurement Board informed the Roads Authority about its decision last month.

The Namibian understands that the tender agency initially told the roads parastatal to also re-advertise the Windhoek to Hosea Kutako International Airport tender, but that decision is still being discussed.

The decision by the Central Procurement Board comes after Roads Authority chief executive Conrad Lutombi wrote to the transport ministry on 2 February 2018, recommending that the three companies which are currently constructing the highways should be given extensions to work on the next kilometres, which would rule out advertising the tenders.

The Roads Authority has in the past warned that these projects would be delayed and it will cost the government more money if the contracts are re-advertised. The Roads Authority believes that it will be cheaper to continue with the current contractors and save up to N$251 million.

The parastatal is of the opinion that re-advertising the Windhoek to Okahandja road, scheduled for completion by next year as part of the 'Harambee road projects' goals, will delay the project.

Sources said officials at the Roads Authority believe that the Central Procurement Board does not have the powers to award these road contracts because they were awarded by the previous tender regime, which gave parastatals powers to hand out tenders.

The Namibian understands that the Central Procurement Board approached attorney general Albert Kawana earlier this year to obtain a legal opinion on whether the tender agency has powers to award or extend contracts issued by the previous procurement regime.

Kawana declined to comment yesterday while chairperson of the Central Procurement Board Patrick Swartz did not answer a question sent to him on Tuesday.

In the meantime, uncertainty faces the completion of the Windhoek to Okahandja two-way road.

The initial plan was to construct the Windhoek to Okahandja road concurrently in the final phase of the project, but the tender has been delayed for more than two years.

“There is no way we can complete the Okahandja road by next year as promised in the Harambee Prosperity Plan,” a person familiar with the project told The Namibian this week.

Roads Authority spokesperson Hileni Fillemon said the construction of the Windhoek to Okahandja section 4A road is progressing. The current phase consists of the 27km road from Döbra River to the Omakunde interchange.

“Progress on this project is at 78%. Five bridges have been fully completed, and works are progressing well on the bridges/interchanges that we are currently busy with,” she said.

The section is set to be completed by September 2019, she added.

The section 4B, which is 21km, covers the road from the Osona military base to the Otjiwarongo junction – behind Okahandja on the southern side, and it will be turned into a highway.

“The design for this section has been completed, and the Roads Authority is currently engaging the government to secure funds for this section,” Fillemon continued.

The spokesperson said phase one of the Windhoek to Hosea Kutako International Airport road, which stretches from Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue to Sam Nujoma Drive, is 60% completed.

BUDGET CUT

The finance ministry and the transport ministry have over the years clashed over the roads tender. The finance ministry bluntly blamed the transport ministry for committing the government to road contracts worth more than N$2 billion without consulting treasury. Deputy transport minister Sankwasa James Sankwasa said in a letter earlier this year that the roads contracts were riddled with corruption.

There is evidence that the finance ministry reduced the initial budget for the three highway projects.

Documents provided by the transport ministry show that the finance ministry chopped the budget for the three roads projects by N$292 million when the national budget was revised last month.

The Windhoek to Okahandja road, which had an initial budget of N$241 million, was reduced by N$90 million, leaving the project with N$151 million to construct the ongoing road project.

The Windhoek to Hosea Kutako road project was reduced by N$102 million and left with N$47 million. This road is set to be funded by the African Development Bank and a Chinese grant.

The Swakopmund to Walvis Bay two-way road, which had a N$149 million budget, was cut to N$47 million, reducing the project amount by N$102 million.

These project cuts were part of the massive cuts faced by the transport ministry last month.
The ministry's entire budget for this year was reduced by N$700 million from N$2,2 billion to N$1,5 billion.

Director in the works department at the Ministry of Works and Transport, Anneline Black told The Namibian two weeks ago that the finance ministry did not consult them when it chopped the budget of 29 out of 44 projects at the cost of N$700 million.

“The Ministry of Finance did not consult the line ministries on the budget cuts of the development budget,” Black said.The finance ministry did not respond to questions about the lack of consultations.
The ministry of works indicated that the upgrading of the railway network was also cut by N$103 million from an initial budget of N$371 million.
The transport ministry is also faced with a poor implementation record.

Black, who was acting as permanent secretary of the transport ministry, said 21 out of 44 projects were not implemented for this financial year due to the lack of money.

The ministry did not respond to questions about the projects budgeted for but not implemented.
Black, however, said the ministry is still making some progress, despite the budget cuts.

“After having looked at all the affected projects, I can in all honesty not see how these project cuts will not negatively impact these projects at all,” she added.

Source - The Namibian

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
Watch the full news bulletin on 9Now

November 16, 2018

Indonesian Road Contracts

WSBP Aims New Contracts Value of IDR10.39 Trillion in 2019

PT Waskita Beton Precast Tbk
JAKARTA, NNC - As of October 2018, PT Waskita Beton Precast Tbk (IDX:WSBP) has successfully secured new contracts value of IDR4.56 trillion from 2018 new contracts target of IDR6.6 trillion.
The new contracts originated from several large projects being supplied by WSBP, including additional work on the Cibitung-Cilincing Toll Road Project, additional work on the Kulonprogo I Project, additional work on RDMP (Refinery Development Master Plan) RU V Balikpapan, and other projects.
President Director of PT Waskita Beton Precast Tbk Jarot Subana said that within the remaining two months, the company will focus on pursuing the target of obtaining contract value this year.
"For this reason, WSBP has also obtained several potential projects that can increase the value of WSBP new contracts until the end of this year, namely the Pekanbaru-Dumai Toll Road Project, Kuala Tanjung-Indrapura Toll Road Project, additional work for the KLBM (Krian-Legundi- Bunder-Manyar) Toll Road Project and a number of other projects," said Jarot, Wednesday (11/14/2018).
For information, the contract value target of IDR6.6 trillion is the revised result of the company's Work Plan and Budget, because previously WSBP projected new contract value of IDR8.3 trillion.
The change was due to several major project tenders being postponed including the Probolinggo-Banyuwangi Toll Road Project, Balikpapan Penajam Bridge and the Singosari-Batu Toll Road Project.
Meanwhile, in 2019, WSBP targets the acquisition of new contracts value of IDR10.39 trillion from both internal and external projects.
PT Waskita Beton Precast Tbk was formed officially as a subsidiary of PT Waskita Karya (Persero) Tbk (IDX:WSKT) on October 7, 2014.
WSBP is a company producing precast and ready mix concrete with the current largest production capacity in Indonesia. The company listed its first shares on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) on September 20, 2016.

Credit Union HQ Construction to begin

Construction work is poised to start on a new headquarters for one of Ireland’s largest credit unions after a breakthrough in a legal dispute which stalled the project for years.
The chief executive of Bishopstown Credit Union in Cork, which has almost 21,000 members and assets of €150m, confirmed that the dispute with Dunnes Stores over a small section of land next to the earmarked site on Curraheen Road, has been settled to everyone’s satisfaction.
Pictured, on site, after the official contract signing, were members of the Board of Directors and officials from Cumnor Construction and project team. Pic: Brian Lougheed
The settlement, which did not involve any financial payments, has cleared the way for the signing of contracts for the construction of the credit union’s new headquarters on the site of the former Viscount Bar - plans for which were first unveiled in 2013 - two years after the credit union bought the bar and demolished it.
A planning appeal to An Bórd Pleanála delayed the project by 2.5 years before the dispute with Dunnes further delayed building. The site has lain vacant and surrounded by hoarding for several years.
But Mr Kenny confirmed last night that builders will be on site within days after a €5.835m contract was awarded to Cumnor Construction following a competitive tender process.
Construction is expected to take a year to complete.
He also defended the cost and scale of the project and said it will ensure that the branch will be able to cater for growth and future development of credit union sector which has seen many mergers in recent years.
Chairman of Bishopstown Credit Union, David P Barry, welcomed the signing of the contract: “We are now re-establishing our presence in the heart of Bishopstown.
"Work will commence this month and it is intended that the building will be completed and fitted out in 12-months.
As one of the largest community-based credit unions in Ireland, with assets of €150m and a staff of 30 people, we have outgrown our current premises on the Wilton Road and our new headquarters will enable us to make further progress as a key local financial service provider.
“We are a strong and secure financial institution which has made significant investment in IT as a feature of the credit union’s success, and we now have one of the most advanced service delivery channels in the country," he added.
Founded in 1967, Bishopstown Credit Union originally operated from the crypt of Dennehy’s Cross church.
At one time, it had four branches - the headquarters it opened on Wilton Rd in 1997, the branch in Wilton Shopping Centre, as well as offices on the Curraheen Road and in Ballinhassig.
It closed the Curraheen Road and Ballinhassig branches as part of an overall cost-saving drive which achieved some €500,000 in savings.
Once the new building is ready, the credit union headquarters will relocate to Curraheen Road.
The Wilton Road premises, and the adjoining property which it also owns, will be sold - the proceeds of which will help offset the construction costs - and the Wilton Shopping Centre branch will be retained.