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    Global Infrastructure Projects Round-Up


    June 6, 2022 - Fitch Solutions Sector Intelligence

     

      THIS COMMENTARY IS PUBLISHED BY FITCH SOLUTIONS COUNTRY RISK & INDUSTRY RESEARCH and is NOT a comment on Fitch Ratings' Credit Ratings. Any comments or data are solely derived from Fitch Solutions Country Risk & Industry Research and independent sources. Fitch Ratings analysts do not share data or information with Fitch Solutions Country Risk & Industry Research.

      Global Infrastructure Projects Round-Up

      • 06 Jun 2022
      • Global
      • Infrastructure

      This week’s round-up covers a range of infrastructure updates, including the commencement of construction on a green hydrogen plant in Vietnam, the prequalification of bids for the construction of a 109km metro rail project in Bahrain, and an agreement to provide advisory services for implementation of the 1.5GW Mphanda Nkuwa hydroelectric project in Mozambique.

      Energy & Utilities

      Asia Pacific

      Australia:

      • Kallis Energy Investments has shelved plans to build the Malawians green hydrogen complex powered by wind and solar projects in the state of South Australia. The firm scrapped the proposal following a feasibility assessment citing unacceptable environmental and permitting risks associated with water supply and desalination. The proposed facility was likely to be powered by 3GW of solar and 3GW of wind capacity. The produced hydrogen was planned to be delivered to Port Bonython via a dedicated pipeline (Renewables Now).
      • Transgrid has started early works on the New South Wales (NSW) section of the AUD2.28bn (USD1.64bn) EnergyConnect transmission project in Australia. The project includes the construction of a 900km-long interconnector to link the states of NSW, South Australia and Victoria. Transgrid will build the AUD1.8bn (USD1.29bn) 700km-long NSW portion (South Australian border to Wagga Wagga ), while Electranet will deliver the AUD457.4mn (USD329mn) 200km-long portion from the border to Robertstown in South Australia. Construction work in South Australia section is likely to complete in late 2023. Major works on NSW section are slated to start in July 2022 (NS Energy).

      India:

      • The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai has issued a letter of acceptance for Welspun Enterprises-EDAC joint venture for the construction of the Dharavi Wastewater Treatment Facility in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The INR46.36bn (USD597.73mn) project includes the construction of 417,985.17cubic metres per day Dharavi WWTF on design, build, operation and maintenance basis. Project is to be built and designed in 60 months with 15-years operation and maintenance period (Projects Today).

      The Philippines:

      • Aboitiz Power has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract to Hansei and Sumec Complete Equipment and Engineering to build two solar photovoltaic (PV) parks with combined 159MWp capacity in Luzon, Philippines. Sumec will build the Laoag PV park, while Hansei will build the Laoag 2 PV facility. The power plants are likely to be fully operational in June 2023, according to a press release by Aboitiz Power.

      Vietnam:

      • TGS Green Hydrogen has earmarked June 2022 to start the construction on a green hydrogen plant in the Vietnamese province of Ben Tre. Initially, the proposed VND19.5trn (USD838.6mn) facility will produce 24,000tonnes per annum (tpa) of green hydrogen, 150,000tpa ammonia and 195,000tpa oxygen. In later stages, the production could be increased to 60,000tpa green hydrogen, 375,000tpa ammonia, and 490,000tpa oxygen. Trial run is expected to start in the Q123 (Vietnam Investment Review).

      Europe

      Austria:

      • Windkraft Simonsfeld and WEB Windenergie have started the construction work to add around 34MW capacity to an existing wind park in Austria. Windkraft Simonsfeld will install three units of Nordex's N163 turbines - each with 5.7MW capacity in the municipality of Duernkrut. WEB Windenergie will install three turbines - two units of Vestas Wind Systems' V162 turbines with 11.2MW capacity will be installed in Duernkrut, while a 5.6MW-capacity turbine would come up in Goetzendorf. Work on the foundations will start in Q322, while the turbines would be installed in Q123 with commissioning scheduled to start in the middle of 2023 (Renewables Now).

      Estonia:

      • Enefit Green has planned to invest EUR19.5mn (USD20.9mn) in the 32MW Purtse solar park, which is part of a wind-solar hybrid project in Estonia. The photovoltaic facility with annual capacity of 32GWh is expected to complete in Q223. Construction for the 21MW wind farm portion is underway and is likely to be operational in 2023, according to a press release by Enefit Green.

      Finland:

      • 3Flash Solar has unveiled plans to build a 40MWp photovoltaic park in municipality of Imatra in Eastern Finland. The facility, which would feature more than 100,000 solar panels, would come up on a site near the Linnankoski river. The solar park is due to complete by 2024 (Renewables Now).

      Ireland:

      • Ireland's national independent planning organisation, An Bord Pleanála, has granted planning permission to SSE Renewables' subsidiary Sure Partners to develop the necessary onshore grid infrastructure to establish connection for the 800MW second phase of the Arklow Bank Wind project in Ireland. The scope of work includes the development of a 220kV substation at Avoca River Business Park in Arklow, with an associated connection from the new substation to the existing national transmission network. Subject to final investment decision, the proposed EUR2.5bn (USD2.6mn) offshore wind energy project is likely to deliver first power in 2028 with completion due in 2029 (reNews).

      Lithuania:

      • Zvirgzdaiciu Energija, a firm controlled by BaltCap Infrastructure Fund, has started the construction of a EUR42mn (USD45.1mn) wind farm project in Lithuania. The 30MW project, located in the Sakiai district, will feature six units of GE Renewable Energy's 5.5MW Cypress turbines. The project will be financed by EUR15mn (USD16.1mn) from BaltCap and a EUR27mn (USD29mn) credit from Luminor Bank. Connecto Lietuva will be responsible for the power substation, while Panevezio Statybos Trestas will build turbine foundations. Anyksciu Melioracija will deliver the road infrastructure. The wind facility will be operational in Q223 (reNews).

      Norway:

      • Equinor, Vår Energi, Spirit Energy and Petoro have submitted a plan for development and operation (PDO) of the Halten East gas and condensate project in the Norwegian Sea. Under the PDO, the consortium has agreed to invest around NOK9bn (USD945mn) to develop an area near the Åsgard field, which comprises six gas and condensate discoveries. The project is planned to be delivered in two phases. The first phase will include the drilling of six wells between 2024 and 2025, while Phase two will begin in 2029. Production from first two wells is slated for 2025 (NS Energy).

      Spain:

      • HyDeal Espana, a joint venture (JV) of ArcelorMittal, TSO Enagas, Grupo Fertiberia and DH2 Energy, has selected three teams to design solar-to-hydrogen systems for its proposed renewable hydrogen complex in Spain. The selected firms include a JV between VINCI Construction and Cobra IS; Tecnicas Reunidas; and PowerChina Guizhou Engineering. The scope of work includes technical design, architecture and supply chain of the complex. TSK would be Owner's Engineer. The hub is likely to be operational by the end of 2025 and supply around 150,000 tonnes of green hydrogen per annum from 2026, which would increase to 330,000 tonnes in 2030 (Renewables Now).

      United Kingdom:

      • Windel Energy and Canadian Solar have started the stage two consultation on the 350MW Mallard Pass solar project in England, UK. As part of the consultation process, the project team would present more developed plans for the solar facility. The revised proposals would be based on the feedback received during stage one consultation and environmental surveys' and assessments' results. The consultation process is scheduled to complete on August 4 2022 (reNews).
      • Pacific Green Technologies has signed an agreement with Shanghai Electric Gotion New Energy Technology (a joint venture between Shanghai Electric Group and Guoxuan High-tech) to supply batteries for Pacific Green's 99.98MW battery energy storage system in the UK. The energy storage facility would come up in Richborough Energy Park in Kent. Production and delivery of the BESS is due to start later in 2022, while operations are scheduled to start by the middle of 2023 (Renewables Now).
      • Muirhall Energy has filed an application with the government of Scotland for the construction of a 409MW wind project in the Scottish Borders council area. Called the Tevion Wind, the proposed facility includes the installation of 62-units of turbines at a site east of Teviothead. The project also includes plan for the construction of a solar photovoltaic array-plus-battery storage capacity. Subject to the approval of the scheme, the firm intends to launch a community investment initiative, which will enable community groups to collectively own around 10% of the wind project. According to the developer, the proposed facility would serve around 440,000 homes (Renewables Now).
      • Conrad Energy has secured planning consent from Herefordshire County Council for the construction of an up to 45MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in England. Called the Larport solar farm, the project would be located at a 485,623sq m site in Dormington. The PV park is expected to serve more than 11,000 homes per annum (Renewables Now).
      • EDF Renewables UK has submitted a planning application with West Northamptonshire Council to build a 50MW solar project in England, UK. Called the Glassthorpe solar project, the facility would come up in Northamptonshire between the villages of Flore and Upper Heyford, along the M1 Corridor (reNews).

      Latin America and the Caribbean

      Brazil:

      • Casa dos Ventos has signed a 10-year power purchase agreement with Lightsource bp to secure the output from a 210MWp solar project in Brazil. The solar facility, called 'Milagres', would come up in Abaiara. The power plant is likely to be fully operational in early 2024 (Renewables Now).

      Guyana:

      • China Railway Construction has signed a USD260mn contract with the Government of Guayana to build the New Demerara River Bridge in the Guyanese capital of Georgetown. The design of the proposed 1.8km bridge has not been finalised yet. Preparatory work is expected to start after the design is finalised. Work is expected to be complete two years after the start of construction (Global Construction Review).

      Middle East and North Africa

      Saudi Arabia:

      • Saudi Electric Company and Egyptian Electricity Transmission have awarded a four-year project management office and engineering design review services contract to SNC-Lavalin to support the Saudi Arabia-Egypt high voltage direct current interconnector project. The 1,300km-long interconnector would link Cairo (Egypt) to Madinah (Saudi Arabia), with an intermediate point located in Tabuk (Saudi Arabia). The USD1.8bn interconnector would deliver around 3GW of electricity at peak times to serve around 20mn people, according to a press release from SNC-Lavalin.
      • A consortium of ENGIE, Nesma Group and Ajlan and Bros has broken ground to start the construction on the Jubail 3B Independent Water Project plant in Saudi Arabia. The facility, which will feature reverse osmosis seawater desalination technology, will have a design capacity of 570,000cu m per day. The facility will be developed under public-private partnership model and it will be financed by the consortium. The facility would also feature a 61MWp capacity solar power plant. The project is due to start commercial operations in 2024 with SWPC buying the output under a 25-year water purchase agreement (Saudi Gulf Projects).

      North America

      United States:

      • EDF Energy North America (EDFENA) has signed a 10-year power purchase agreement with Komipo America to offtake electricity from the 160MW Concho Valley photovoltaic (PV) solar project in the US state of Texas. AB Power Advisors facilitated the deal. Under the arrangement terms, EDFENA will get electricity, renewable energy certificates and related environmental attributes. Construction is underway on the PV facility with operations due to start in September 2022 (Renewables Now).
      • Venture Global LNG has secured USD13.2bn to reach a final investment decision (FID) for the initial phase of the proposed Plaquemines liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility and the associated Gator Express pipeline. The financing would support the initial 13.3mn tonnes per annum phase of the facility. The company has already secured all necessary permits, including FERC authorisation and non-FTA export authorisation from the US Department of Energy. Also, it has executed 20-year sales and purchase agreements for 80% of the project (NS Energy).
      • The Bureau of Land Management has issued a notice-to-proceed, authorising PacifiCorp (a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy) to start the construction of the Energy Gateway South Transmission line between the US states of Wyoming and Utah (Renewables Now). The proposed 670km-long transmission line will form a link between the Aeolus substation (Wyoming) and the Clover substation (Utah) and it is expected to support the integration of around 2GW new renewable energy. Construction is slated to start in early June 2022 with operations due to start in late 2024 (Renewables Now).
      • Enbridge is proceeding with the construction on its Venice Extension project?and Gator Express meter project in the US state of Louisiana. The projects, estimated at combined cost of USD400mn, would deliver 42,475cubic metres of natural gas to Venture Global's 20mn tonne per annum Plaquemines liquefied natural gas facility. The Venice Extension project will include the installation of 4.8km-long pipeline on Texas Eastern Transmission's Line 40 in Pointe Coupé. The work also includes the construction of two new 23.7MW compressor stations. The Gator Express meter project is due to start operations in 2023, while Venice Extension will be operational in 2024, according to a press release from Enbridge.

      Sub-Saharan Africa

      Mozambique:

      • The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed an agreement with the Mphanda Nkuwa Hydroelectric Project Implementation Office (GMNK) to provide advisory services for implementation of the 1.5GW Mphanda Nkuwa mega hydroelectric project on the Zambezi River in the Tete province, Mozambique. The USD4.5bn project will also include a 1,300km-long 550kV high-voltage direct current transmission line between Cataxia and Maputo. Financial close is expected by the end of 2024, with commissioning expected in 2031, according to a press release from AfDB.
      Transport

      Asia Pacific

      Australia:

      • Works are under way for the doubling of a 2.2km section of Heathcote Road in the Australian state of New South Wales. The AUD188mn (USD134.07mn) project is funded by the federal (50%) and state (50%) governments. The scope of work includes modernisation of the roundabout to a four-way intersection with traffic lights at Heathcote Road and Macarthur Drive and traffic lights installation at the intersection of Heathcote Road and The Avenue. Work is due to complete in 2024, according to a press release by the state government.
      • The Northern Territory government has unveiled the design for a AUD110mn (USD78.5mn) proposed overpass at the Tiger Brennan Drive and Berrimah Road intersection. The project is funded by the Federal and Northern Territory governments. Works also include the realignment of Tiger Brennan Drive, improvements to Berrimah Road, on and off ramps, earth and drainage works, pavement and asphalt works and associated works. Sitzler will deliver the project in stages within two years (Roads & Infrastructure Australia).
      • McConnell Dowell has awarded a contract to Jacobs to provide detailed design consultancy services for the new Bridgewater Bridge project in the Australian state of Tasmania. The state government expects the project to cost AUD566mn (USD404.0mn). Major construction work is scheduled to start in the middle of 2022, with operations likely to start by the end of 2024 (World Construction Network).

      Cambodia:

      • Sihanoukville Autonomous Port plans to start construction work on first phase of the new port terminal project in Cambodia by the end of 2022. The works would be financed by a USD200mn loan from the government of Japan. The first phase is scheduled to complete by the end of 2025. The Government of Cambodia has also cooperated with the Government of Japan to secure concessional loans for the 400m-long second and 430m-long third phases of the deep-sea port terminal. The second and third phases are scheduled to complete in 2028 and 2030, respectively (Construction & Property).

      China:

      • The Government of Shandong Province has started the pre-qualification process to secure social capital for the reconstruction and expansion of the 24km Qihe-Jinan section of the Jingtai Expressway in the Chinese province. The CNY8.6bn (USD1.3bn) project includes expansion of the section and spans 2.6sq km. The deadline for submission of bids is June 17 2022 (Seetao).
      • A tender has been launched for the survey and design of the Zhuji Zhibu-Jieting hub section of the Zhuyong Expressway reconstruction and expansion project in China. The works, estimated to cost CNY6.28bn (USD943.4mn), include the construction of a 25km, two-way, four-lane expressway section. The section would comprise 32 large-, medium- and small bridges, and two tunnels, three interchanges, three hubs and other associated facilities. The deadline for submission of bids is June 15 2022 (Seetao).
      • Yunnan Provincial Department of Transportation has approved the preliminary design of the 48.6km long Mouding-Yuanmou Expressway Project in China. The two-way four-lane expressway would feature six interchanges and it will pass through Lufeng City, Mouding County and Yuanmou County. Construction planning for the project is due to complete in three-years (Seetao).
      • Shandong Provincial Development and Reform Commission has approved plans for the reconstruction and expansion of the 61.1km-long Yantai-Penglai Junction section of the G18 Rongwu Expressway in China. The works are estimated to cost CNY8.77bn (USD1.3bn). Construction is expected to be complete in 36 months (Seetao).
      • A tender has been launched for the survey and design of the Henan section of the Nanyang-Xinyang-Hefei high-speed railway project in China. The 366.5km long railway line is divided into three sections - first section between Nanyang to Hefei via Xinyang, 131.3km second section which is west of Xixian County in Xinyang City and 107.2km third section east of Xixian County in Xinyang City. The deadline for submission of bids is June 21 2022 (Seetao).
      • A tender has been issued for the preliminary survey and design of two sections of S27 Expressway Project in China. The works, estimated at CNY12.218bn (USD1.834bn), includes 29.8km Section I between Yangxian and Xixiang with investment of CNY5.413bn (USD812.84mn) and 32.66km Section 2 between Zhenba-Shanchuanjie with investment of CNY6.805bn (USD1.02bn). The two-way, four-lane expressway would feature 41 bridges, three tunnels, four interchanges, six passages and seven overpasses in Section I, while section II would comprise 21 bridges, eight tunnels, four interchanges, three toll stations, one service area and other associated facilities. The deadline for submission of bids is June 15 2022 (Seetao).
      • The Government of China has sought public feedback on an environmental impact statement prior to start of construction on the 95.8km-long Fuyuan-Luoping Expressway in China. The CNY15.66bn (USD2.35bn) project will feature bridges, tunnels, nine interchanges, seven toll stations, a monitoring and management sub-centre, a service area and associated facilities. Construction is scheduled to start in November 2022 with completion due in November 2025 (Seetao).
      • The Government of Hubei Province has launched a tender for works on the CNY5.9bn (USD882mn) TXTZ-1 bid section (Hubei section) of Tongcheng-Xiushui Expressway in China. The 41.584km-long two-way four-lane expressway section spans 12.9km in Chongyang and 28.7km in Tongcheng. The overall works are planned to complete in 1080 calendar days. The deadline for submission of documents is August 4 2022.

      India:

      • The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has unveiled plans for the construction of an expressway spanning the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Maharashtra. The 318km-long expressway will connect the Chennai-Solapur economic corridor under Bharatmala Paryojana. NHAI has invited tenders for project reports and plans to complete construction of the expressway by 2025 (Construction World).
      • The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways of India has sought bids for the modernisation of a section on national highway-169A in the Indian state of Karnataka. The INR2.62bn (USD33.75mn) project includes the expansion of the existing Thirthahalli-Udupi-Malpe road section to four lane under an engineering, procurement and construction model. Works are due to complete in 24 months (Projects Today).
      • The Ministry of Urban Development (Maharashtra) has sanctioned an INR26.49bn (USD341.7mn) loan to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority to link the long Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) Road with the Mumbai-Pune Expressway in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The 21.8km MTHL road project is estimated to cost INR180bn (USD2.3bn). MMRDA expects to complete the work before December 2023 (NBM&CW).
      • The Government of India has agreed to speed up work on the INR42bn (USD541.7mn) National Highway-227B section in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The National Highways Authority of India and Public Works Department will deliver the entire section in six phases. The 235.6km-long highway will serve Basti, Ayodhya, Ambedkar Nagar, Barabanki and Gonda districts. Construction of the overall project is due to complete by December 2023 (NBM&CW).
      • J Kumar Infraprojects has secured a letter of acceptance from Ircon International to deliver works on the Bhoj-Morbe section of the Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The contract, estimated to cost INR10.67bn (USD137.47mn), includes the construction of an eight-lane expressway, which would feature 4.16km long twin-tube tunnel in Matheran Eco-sensitive Zone under Bharatmala Paryojana on engineering, procurement and construction mode (Projects Today).
      • Larsen and Toubro (L&T) has secured a significant contract for?works on the Chennai?Metro Rail Project in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The contract, estimated to cost between INR10bn (USD128.7mn) and INR25bn (USD321.9mn), includes the construction of a 10km-long elevated viaduct, including an elevated ramp and 10 elevated metro stations at Nehru Nagar, Kandanchavadi, Perungudi, Thoraipakkam, Mettukuppam, PTC colony, Okkiyampet, Karapakkam, Okkiyam Thoraipakkam and Sholinganallur. The elevated metro rail package is likely to be completed in 35 months, according to a press release from L&T.
      • Public Works Department, Delhi has invited bids for the construction of a flyover in New Delhi, India. The INR3.34bn (USD43.08mn) project includes the construction of a flyover with ramps, footpath, road signage, drainage, horticulture, mural works and associated works at Road No 56 between Anand Vihar and Apsara Border on engineering, procurement and construction model. Works are due to complete in 15 months (Projects Today).

      Thailand:

      • The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand has issued request for proposals for its THB140bn (USD4.09bn) Orange Line electric railway project. The 35.9km railway line would be divided into two sections: a 22.5km eastern section (Thailand Cultural Centre-Minburi), with 17 stations and the 13.4km-long western section (Bang Khunnon-Thailand Cultural Centre) with 11 underground stations. The deadline for submission of proposals is scheduled by the end of July 2022. The contract is due to be signed by late-2022 (The Nation Thailand).

      Europe

      Denmark:

      • Cobra IS, a subsidiary of VINCI, has won a contract worth more than DKK4bn (USD575.9mn) to install electromechanical equipment for the 18km-long Femern Tunnel between Germany and Denmark. The scope of work includes the design, build and maintenance of the tunnel systems. VINCI Construction-led consortium is responsible to implement main civil works design and build contract for the tunnel. The tunnel is due to commission in 2029, according to a press release from VINCI.

      France:

      • Société du Grand Paris has awarded a EUR80.9mn (USD87mn) contract to Chantiers Modernes Construction, a unit of VINCI Construction, to build three overhead stations on the viaduct of the future Line 18 of the Grand Paris Express in France. The scope of work include civil engineering and structural works on Palaiseau, Orsay-Gif and CEA Saint-Aubin (Essonne) overhead stations. Works will begin in July 2022 with completion due in 38 months, according to a press release from VINCI.

      Israel:

      • China-based China Railway Engineering and Russia-based Transmashholding have decided to withdraw from their respective consortia for the Haifa-Nazareth Light Rail Project. Overall, six consortia cleared the prequalification phase of the tender for the project, which is led by?TransIsrael. The project is due to complete by 2027 (Globes Israel).

      Italy:

      • Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) has agreed to provide EUR450mn (USD481.8mn) secured notes investment in the Superstrada Pedemontana Veneta (Pedemontana) road project in Italy. The project includes the construction of a 96km greenfield toll road in the Veneto Region. The project is owned and operated by SACYR and Fininc. GIP will invest the funds via its GIP Spectrum Fund, according to a press release from GIP.

      United Kingdom:

      • MORE, a joint venture (JV) of FCC, WeBuild and BeMo Tunnelling has won a GBP1.25bn (USD1.57bn) tunnelling contract in West England. The scope of work includes the construction of a 13km section of A303 highway, diverting traffic 50m away from Stonehenge including 3.2km of tunnel. Atkins, Jacobs and Spanish designer SENER were selected as the design joint venture for the project. Construction is expected to complete in five years (Engineering News Record).

      Latin America and the Caribbean

      Brazil:

      • CCR ViaOeste (CCR) plans to invest BRL815mn (USD172.26mn) for expansion of the marginal roads of the Castello Branco highway in the Brazilian Municipality of Barueri. Under an agreement between CCR and the state government of São Paulo, CCR will expand the road section from four to seven bearing tracks in each direction. The project would also include the construction of two new bridges, expansion and readjustment of viaducts and pedestrian walkways. Construction is likely to complete in 35 months, according to a press release by CCR.

      Colombia:

      • Construction works are under way on Line 1 of the Bogotá Metro in Colombia. The project has two active work fronts: the workshop patio and the road interchange. According to Bogotá Metro Company, the workshop yard is planned to be completed in August 2027. Excavation works are advancing on the Street road interchange between Carrera 15 and Avenida Caracas. Bogotá Metro Company is also conducting works to clear the land necessary for the construction of the viaduct. Works on the viaduct will begin in January 2023 (Carreteras Pan Americana).
      • Spain-based Grupo Ortiz, in partnership with KMA Construcciones, has won a COP1.5trn (USD382mn) contract for the construction and rehabilitation of a 260km highway in Colombia. The team submitted a bid 13% lower than the tender amount, which was valued at COP1.78trn (USD453mn). Called the Magdalena 1 Trunk,?the project seeks to merge?a dual carriageway corridor from the municipality of Puerto Salgar to Barrancabermeja. The works include the construction of a second road and variants in 146.5km, improvement of the existing road in 148km and the rehabilitation of other 5km section of existing road (Carreteras Pan Americanas).

      El Salvador:

      • The Ministry of Public Works of El Salvador has invited bids for the construction of the Francisco Morazán Viaduct and the expansion of the Los Chorros section of Pan-American Highway. The project, estimated to cost around USD300mn, secured portion of finances from the government of Korea and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration. The scope of work includes 4.79km long eight lane road from Colonia Las Delicias to Tourist Center Los Chorros, 1km long eight lanes viaduct from tourist center Los Chorros to La Pedrera and 8.95km long extension from La Pedrera to San Juan Opico (Carreteras Pan Americana).

      Guyana:

      • China Railway Construction has signed a USD260mn contract with the Government of Guayana to build the New Demerara River Bridge in the Guyanese capital of Georgetown. The design of the proposed 1.8km bridge has not been finalised yet. Preparatory work is expected to start after the design is finalised. Work is expected to be complete two years after the start of construction (Global Construction Review).

      Mexico:

      • The Government of Mexico has postponed the launch of a tender for line 3 of the Cablebús cable car project in Mexico City. The project, valued at MXN1.8bn (USD91.8mn), includes the construction of 5km long line, which will cross Chapultepec park and serve the Metro Constituyentes, Constituyentes/Observatorio, Parque Cri-Cri and Cineteca/Bodega Nacional stations. It will connect with Line 6 of the metro and will serve around 20,000 passengers per day (Expansion Politica).
      • The State Highway Network of Nuevo León has issued tenders for the third phase of the MXN2.3bn (USD116.8mn) Periférico de Monterrey project in Mexico. The scope of tender includes 16km road from the Monterrey-Cadereyta highway to the National Highway in Montemorelos. The project is slated to complete in July 2023 (Carreteras Pan Americanas).

      Paraguay:

      • Works have reached the final stage for the second section of the Export Corridor Project in Paraguay (Carreteras Pan-Americanas). The contract is valued at PYG422.08bn (USD61.65mn). The 143.2km long project is financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency and it consists of three sections including the 50km section-I by Benito Roggio e Hijos, 46.5km section-two by Ecomipa and 46.7km section-three being developed by Ilsung Construction.

      Middle East and North Africa

      Bahrain:

      • The Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunication of Bahrain has prequalified 11 firms in a tender to submit bids for the construction on Phase One of a 109km long metro rail project. The overall USD2bn project will be implemented in four phases under a public private partnership model. The 29km-long Phase One will comprise two railway lines serving 20 stations. The prequalified bidders include Alstom, Aradous Energy and Taqi Mohammed Albaharana Trading, China Harbour Engineering, China Railway Group, Hyundai Engineering, Larsen and Toubro, Orascom, Plenary Asia and Virtue Global Holding. The selected contractor will finance-design-build-and-operate the lines for 35-years (Global Construction Review).

      North America

      United States:

      • The?San Antonio International Airport (SAT) presented plans to the San Antonio city council for the design and construction of the third airport terminal in the US state of Texas. Called 'SAT Terminal Development Project', the USD2.5bn project includes the construction of Terminal C. Corgan Associates would provide planning services for the terminal, as part of a USD3.8mn one-year contract. The project is partially funded by an airport infrastructure grant, which will provide USD59mn per annum over a five-year period. The airport also intends to secure USD150mn via competitive federal grants programme. Construction is expected to start by 2024,? with completion expected in 2028 (Construction Review Online).
      Construction

      Asia Pacific

      Australia:

      • A 50-50 joint venture (JV) between Clough and Saipem has signed a USD2.7bn contract with Perdaman Industries to develop a 2.14mn tonnes per annum urea production facility on the coast of the state of Western Australia. Under the contract terms, the JV will deliver engineering, procurement and construction, pre-commissioning and commissioning services for the facility. Haldor Topsoe will provide SynCOR technology to build a single-line ammonia plant, while Saipem' proprietary Snamprogetti Urea technology will be used for urea production, according to a press release from Saipem.

      India:

      • The Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development (IDCO) has unveiled plans to develop a mega aluminium park at Angul in the Indian state of Odisha. The proposed INR4.28bn (USD55.2mn) project would be located near a 902,449sq m existing aluminium park. IDCO intends to convert the site into a mega aluminium park by developing a similar infrastructure on more than an additional 1.21sq km of land (Projects Today).
      • AM/NS India, a joint venture (JV) between ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel India, has unveiled plans to invest INR10bn (USD129mn) in the brownfield expansion of its Vizag pellet manufacturing plant in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The proposed expansion would increase the production capacity of the facility from 8mn tonnes per annum (mtpa) to 11mtpa. Subject to environmental approvals, the expansion work is likely to complete in 2023 (Business Today).
      • Greenhow Energy plans to invest in the construction of a 250MW electrolyser manufacturing factory in India. The firm intends to invest between INR3bn (USD38.6mn) and INR4bn (USD51.5mn) on the project by the end of 2025. The firm also intends to invest around INR70mn (USD65.3mn) for research and development of PEM technology in the period between 2022 and 2023 (Renewables Now).

      Pakistan:

      • International Finance Corporation has signed an agreement with the government of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province to arrange a public-private partnership deal for the construction of a hospital in Pakistan. The proposed 500-bed hospital is expected to serve more than 150,000 people per annum. Under the agreement terms, IFC would also help the government to organise a competitive tender process to select a private sector developer and operator for the hospital (Hospital Management).

      The Philippines:

      • San Miguel (SMC) has unveiled a conceptual masterplan for its proposed aerocity scheme in Bulacan province, Philippines. The aerocity masterplan, designed Palafox Associates, would complement SMC's PHP740bn (USD14.1bn) New Manila International Airport (NMIA) project. Initially, the 25sq km NMIA project will feature four parallel runways, a terminal and a modern and interlinked infrastructure network that would include expressways and railways (SouthEast Asia Construction).

      Europe

      Israel:

      • Ashtrom Group and Electra Construction have won a contract for the construction of the ILS1.4bn (USD417.8mn) Kikar Hamedina residential project in Tel Aviv, Israel. The project, designed by Moore Yasky Sivan Architects, includes the construction of three 40-storey towers with 450 apartments, an underground car park with 906 parking spaces, a public car park with 720 spaces and associated facilities. The project would span 78,000sq m area including 50,000sq m built-up area and 15,000sq m public space. Bareket Capital has signed an agreement with Call Insurance Enterprises and Migdal to secure a loan for financing the project (Globes Israel).

      Spain:

      • Best Wonder Business (BWB) has unveiled plans to develop a solar-powered data centre in the Spanish region of Aragon. The EUR230mn (USD247.5mn) multi-phase project would be located in the Huesca Logistics Platform business park outside Huesca. The EUR110mn (USD118.3mn) first phase includes the construction of four solar facilities in the province of Zaragoza with 178MWp total capacity. Work on the first phase would start in 2022 with completion expected in 18 months. Greenest Aragón Data Center would deliver the second phase. Work is due to start in 2023 with completion expected in 2024 (Data Center Dynamics).

      United Kingdom:

      • Britishvolt, in collaboration with Prologis, has unveiled plans to build a new GBP200mn (USD252.1mn) tech centre in the West Midlands, UK. Winvic will be the main contractor on the battery cell scale-up facility, which would come up at Prologis Park Hams Hall. Early works on the site started in October 2021 and practical completion of the structure is expected in July 2022 with fit out and equipment installation expected in the end of Q323, according to a press release from Britishvolt.
      • Skanska has won a contract to redevelop an Army vehicle storage and maintenance facility at Ashchurch, UK. The GBP259mn (USD326.6mn) contract?includes the construction, mechanical and electrical works for the new storage buildings, workshops and an office. It includes the demolition of around 58 buildings, construction of 12 new buildings and rehabilitation of one existing facility. Work is due to start in Q322, with completion slated before the end of 2026 (Construction Enquirer).

      Middle East and North Africa

      Egypt:

      • The Government of Egypt has approved Stellates' proposal for the construction of an electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Egypt. The proposed facility is estimated to cost EGP651mn (USD35mn). Mansour Group will promote the new ranges of vehicles that the factory will develop and export. The manufacturing facility is expected to complete by 2025 (Afrik21).

      Saudi Arabia:

      • Saudi Arabia's Tourism Development Fund (TDF) has signed a financing agreement with Rimal AlKhobar Real Estate to develop the first Nobu complex in the Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia. The USD63.5mn project will feature a five-star hotel containing over 100 rooms and suites, 62 residential units, a Nobu restaurant and other associated facilities (ME Construction News).
      • The Jeddah Central Development Company has signed a contract with Dar Al-Handasah Consultants for works on the first phase of the SAR75bn (USD20bn) Jeddah Central Project in Saudi Arabia. Under the contract terms, Dar Al-Handasah will be responsible for the design and technical consultation of the project. The first phase of the project would include three main architectural landmarks; an Opera House, Stadium, and Oceanarium and Coral Farms. The project will span 5.7sq km strategic area in central Jeddah (Saudi Gulf Projects).

      United Arab Emirates:

      • Borouge 4, a joint venture between Abu Dhabi National Oil and Borealis, has awarded a contract to Worley for the fourth expansion of an integrated polyolefins complex in Ruwais, UAE. Under the contract, Worley will provide project management consultancy services for the engineering, procurement and construction phase of the expansion project. The project includes the increase of the production capacity of polyolefins, including polyethylene and polypropylene, to 6.4mn tonnes per annum (mtpa) from its existing 5mtpa capacity (Saudi Gulf Projects).
      • Besix, in consortium with Plenary Group, has secured a contract from the Abu Dhabi Investment Office and the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge to finance, design and build three new schools. Called 'Zayed City Schools', the work includes the development of three new campuses on public-private partnership basis. The campuses would offer total 5,360-students capacity. Financial close is expected in July 2022, with the schools scheduled to open in September 2024 (Global Construction Review).

      North America

      Canada:

      • Phyto Organix has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire 60,702.8sq m of land for the construction of a USD225mn plant protein processing facility in the town of Alberta, Canada. The firm will install its proprietary wet fractionation technology at the facility, which will process 40,000 tonnes of yellow peas per annum. The proposed facility will be operational in 2024 (World Construction Network).

      United States:

      • Ground has been broken for the construction of a USD100mn mixed-use project in Queens, US. Called the Edgemere Commons, the development would feature more than 2,000 affordable homes, retail, community space, medical facilities and outdoor public space. The 11-phase development will rise at the location of former Peninsula Hospital Centre with phase I, to be developed by The Arker Companies and Slate Property Group, featuring a 17-storey building with 194 apartments including 59 with supportive services, 2,136.76sq m of retail space and 2,229.67sq m of parking area, according to a press release from the Government of city of New York.
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