Local cement manufacturers have begun exploring alternative market opportunities to guarantee their survival in an increasingly competitive market. According to Savannah Cement managing director Ronald Ndegwa, local cement manufacturers will need to up their game by providing a diversified range of value added products.
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Aidah Munano, Principal Secretary of the State Department of Housing and Urban Development at Kenya’s Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development delivered the opening address at the 2nd annual Housing for East Africa Forum on 5 October 2016 at the Laico Regency Hotel in Nairobi.
The adoption of Structural Eurocodes championed by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) in collaboration with the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at Moi University will impact greatly the way engineering is practiced in Kenya. The United Kingdom has adopted Structural Eurocodes and consequently the British Standards (BS) became obsolete from March 2013. Before this the British Standards were widely applied in engineering training and practice in Kenya. The Structural Eurocodes with the UK National Annex were adopted as Kenya Standards through Gazette Notice (No. 13048, 14th September 2012). It is expected that by January 2021 the process of implementation of Structural Eurocodes will have been completed for their use in the construction industry. This implementation process involves the sensitization and training of the various stakeholders involved in their application.
Kenya has secured nearly $270m from Japan to build a new industrial and commercial hub near the port of Mombasa. The loan and grant package will fund basic infrastructure for a 1,326-hectare special economic zone (SEZ) at Dongo Kundu, intended to boost Kenya’s economy and accelerate the movement of goods in East Africa. Kenya and Japan signed the MoU in Japan at the Tokyo International Convention on Africa Development, which concluded 28 August. The $269.7m on offer breaks down into a long-term, low-interest loan of $210.8m and $58.9m in grants.
Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation will be constructing a mega fertiliser manufacturing plant at Kilamko, Lindi Region. Construction of the US$ 1.8 billion fertilizer plant in Tanzania is set to commence in December this year. The fertilizer plant is likely to see the price of the farm input lower as a result of competition.
Construction and management consultants Turner & Townsend has opened an office in Kenya with Daimon Keith as its newly appointed country manager. “Our ongoing focus on continued expansion on the continent is increasingly important in growing our business globally. Having set up originally in South Africa 34 years ago, we are currently involved in over 40 projects outside of South Africa at various stages of the project lifecycle, from setup through delivery and close out. We are working mainly in the telecoms, oil and gas, infrastructure, health, education, and hotel and leisure sectors specifically in Kenya and more broadly across East Africa," says Keith.
In Kenya, streets comprise more than 80% of public space in most cities, but in most cases, there are no provisions for space where people can safely walk, cycle, drive and socialize. In most of Kenya’s urban cities, the practice is to design streets with the only goal being to facilitate movement of vehicles. However, this is bound to change as the Government is putting measures in place to ensure development of complete streets in Kenya’s urban areas. This was revealed during a policy dialogue forum on complete streets and urban design guidelines organized by Kara in partnership with the Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD) of Columbia University, New York.
Africa’s construction industry is on the rise and in the recent years malls in Africa have thrived as investors pump in millions of dollars towards their development.
The construction sector, usually seen as the pulse of economic activity, slowed down recently as cement prices shot up amid low production. Low production of cement between March and April 2016 has led to a slump in the construction sector, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (Ubos) said recently.
Some $70-billion would head to African shores over the next seven years for infrastructure development as a Chinese development fund shifts its focus from mining to essential infrastructure development.
A joint venture, led by General Electric, the Mara Group and Atlas Merchant Capital, seeks to invest in infrastructure equity projects in selected countries throughout Africa. With the African population set to rise to 1.5bn by 20251, the continent’s economic growth potential is significant. According to the Africa 2030 report, the overall sense is one of progress and optimism and that changes are sustainable, making Africa an attractive socio-economic focus in the coming years. Africa presents high growth prospects in power generation, transport, oil and gas, and other infrastructure areas including mining. The joint venture will focus on this broad set of segments by facilitating access to capital, thus offering the ability to execute and fully finance both advanced and early development stage projects.
In June, 2016, local Cement manufacturer Savannah Cement sealed a collaborative agreement with leading academic development institution, Kenyatta University. The agreement will provide a collaborative platform for the two organizations to engage in joint research activities, innovation, student internship and capacity building among other areas of mutual benefit.
President Uhuru Kenyatta inspected the Nairobi-Mombasa standard gauge railway project being constructed by China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) at Sultan Hamud in Makueni County on 28th May. The President had site meeting at the CRBC construction camp during which he was briefed on project progress and its challenges. Significant progress has been made since the start of the SGR project in November 2014. Some 97 percent of civil works, 95 percent of the bridge substructures and 98% of the culverts have been completed. The track laying and girder erection is currently underway as 276 kilometres of track has been laid and 356 spans of T-beams have been erected, accounting for 58.32% and 45.35% of the project progress respectively. Railway stations, signalling equipment, communications systems and electricity are going on as scheduled. The entire Project is within the 65 percent completion mark.
University of Twente, Netherlands through its Faculty of ITC has entered into a MoU with KenGen towards the development of geothermal energy. ITC (Institute of Geo-Information Science and Earth-Observation), is one of the innovative academic institutions leading in research and innovation in the areas of Geosciences & Engineering technologies.
KenGen which is Kenya’s leading electricity power generation company producing about 80 percent of electricity consumed in the country recently earned a ten year US$ 9m Aggreko Power deal that will see the two firms manage the expansive emergency power projects.