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    Global Infrastructure Projects Round-Up


    August 5, 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

      • 05 Aug 2022
      • Global
      • Infrastructure

      This week’s round-up covers a range of infrastructure updates, including the commencement of construction on a USD120mn green hydrogen plant in Brazil, an agreement with Mainland China-based firms for construction of the Mohammed VI Tangier Tech City project in Morocco, and the unveiling of plans to build four strategic road projects in Mexico.

      Energy & Utilities

      Asia Pacific

      Australia:

      • Flow Power has signed a ten-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with France-based Neoen to secure output from 40MW portion of a 412MW wind farm as part of the USD3bn Goyder Renewables Zone complex in the state of South Australia. The wind power plant will feature 75-units of GE Renewable Energy's 5.5-158 Cypress platform turbines. Construction on the first stage of Goyder South started in January 2022, with completion expected in 2024. The overall complex will include 1.2GW of wind, 600MW solar and 900MW/1.8GWh of energy storage capacity, according to a press release from Neoen.

      Cambodia:

      • The Government of India has agreed to provide around USD37.0mn loan to implement the Stueng Svahap Water Reservoir in Kampong Speu, Cambodia. The reservoir has a storage capacity of about 150mn cubic metres to irrigate 260sq km land in the rainy season and 100sq km in the dry season (Construction Property).

      India:

      • The Government of India has laid the foundation stone for a 735MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Called Nokh, the plant features high-wattage bifacial PV Modules with tracker system. The PV project comes under Ujjwal Bharat Ujjwal Bhavishya – Power @2047 Programme of central government. Commercial operations are slated to begin by September 2023 (The Times of India).

      Japan:

      • Green Power Investment has awarded a contract to Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to supply turbines for the 112MW Ishikari offshore wind project off the coast of Ishikari Bay on the island of Hokkaido. Under the deal, Siemens will supply 14-units of SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines of 8MW each. The deal also includes 15-years maintenance services associated with the units. The installation of turbines is expected to start in July 2023 (Renewables Now).

      Pakistan:

      • The government of the province of Sindh has granted a letter of intent (LoI) to Oracle Power to build a 1.2GW solar, wind and green hydrogen project. Oracle Energy will deliver the project, which will include the construction of a 400MW electrolyser powered by a 1.2GW hybrid renewables power plant. The facility is expected to produce around 55,000 tonnes of green hydrogen per annum (Renewables Now).

      Vietnam:

      • AES has submitted a letter of intent (LOI) to Vietnamese energy delegation for development of an offshore wind farm in Vietnam. The 4GW proposed wind farm is estimated to cost USD13bn. The wind power plant will come up off the province of Binh Thuan (Reuters).

      Europe

      Azerbaijan:

      • UAE-based energy firm Masdar has achieved financial close for a 230MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Azerbaijan. Called Garadagh, the PV plant is financed by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The solar power plant, expected to generate 500GWh of electricity per annum, is likely to start operations in 2023 (NS Energy).

      France:

      • The Government of France has unveiled plans to launch a tender for the construction of a 1.0GW offshore wind project in the country. The proposed power plant is likely to come up on a site off the island of Oleron off the French coast. The government intends to select a winner in early 2024. The proposed wind facility is planned to be operational in the early 2030s (Renewables Now).
      • The French Directorate General for Energy and Climate (DGEC) has prequalified a consortium of Corio, Qair and TotalEnergies and 12 other candidates to participate in a tender to develop 500MW floating wind farms in France. The proposed farms will be built in areas off Narbonne and off the Gulf of Fos, with 250MW capacity each, expandable up to 750MW. The consortium plans to launch joint bids for the schemes, with results likely by the end of 2023 (Renewables Now).

      Germany:

      • Enercity has signed a cooperation agreement with Forst Rohne to build a 200MW wind project in the German state of Saxony. The two-phase project will come up near the municipality of Schleife and feature 33 wind turbines. The 24MW first phase will include four turbines, while 174MW second phase will include the installation of 29-units of turbines. The second phase will require around 9sq km. The EUR500mn (USD507.6mn) power plant will serve more than 155,000 homes and is expected to generate 540GWh of green power per annum (Renewables Now).
      • Lausitz Energie Bergbau (LEAG) has filed an application with the Brandenburg's State Agency for the Environment to seek permit for the construction of a 24MW wind park in Germany. The proposed wind farm will feature four turbines of 6MW each. EP New Energies will develop the project. Subject to detailed approval, the facility is likely to complete in three years. (Renewables Now).

      Italy:

      • Saipem has secured an offshore engineering and construction (E&C) contract worth EUR300.0mn (USD304.8mn) from Eni Mediterranea Idrocarburi (Enimed), to transport and install an offshore gas pipeline in Italy. The proposed pipeline will connect the four wells of Argo and Cassiopea fields located on the Sicilian coast. Saipem plans to deploy pipelay vessels Castorone and Castoro 10 to install the 60km long gas pipeline (NS Energy).

      Poland:

      • European Energy has closed financing for the 38.8MW Liskowo wind project in Poland. The EUR53mn (USD53.8mn) facility will be developed by a consortium of Onde and P&Q. The wind farm will feature 11 Nordex N117/3600 turbines. The facility is expected to be connected to the grid in H123.

      Romania:

      • Nofar Energy has unveiled plans to develop a 255MW solar power project in Romania. The EUR135mn (USD137.5mn) project will come up on a 2.9sq km site. Construction of the proposed project is likely to start in 2023, subject to necessary permits (Balkan Green Energy News).

      Turkey:

      • Rosatom, via Akkuyu Nuclear, has signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with TSM Enerji to deliver the remaining construction work at the 4.8GW Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Mersin Province, Turkey. The nuclear power plant will be powered by four VVER-1200 units of 1.2GW capacity each. The power plant will generate around 35GWh of electricity per annum (NS Energy).

      United Kingdom:

      • PPAYA has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for a 36MW wind farm which is under construction in Scotland. Called Greengairs East, the wind farm is being developed by Muirhall Energy and WWS Development. The proposed wind farm is expected to supply power to serve 33,000 households. The facility is likely to be complete in April 2023 (Renewables Now).
      • JLEN Environmental Assets Group has invested in an aquaculture project and a 50MW battery energy storage plant in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The financial close for the project was reached for GBP40.0mn (USD48.8mn) over three to four years, while 50% equity stake was acquired in Clayfords Energy Storage from Intelligent Land Investment group. Clayfords, responsible for development of 50MW lithium-ion battery energy storage plant, has received GBP14.1mn (USD17.23mn) investment from JLEN. The project is likely to start partial operations in 2024 and full operations in 2025, while the energy storage plant is expected to start commercial operations in Q424 (Morning Star).
      • Conrad Energy has started the construction of a 200MW battery energy storage system in England, UK. The BESS will come up in Midsomer Norton, Somerset and it will feature Tesla's Megapacks technology. The project is planned to be fully operational in November 2022, with ability to serve around 14,000 homes over a two-hour period (Renewables Now).
      • Lightrock Power has received planning approval from the East Devon District Council for the 49.9MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Devon, the UK. Called Paytherden, the PV facility will be operated and maintained by Bluefield Partners. The proposed project, with capacity to serve 15,000 households, was initially set for operations in Q322 (Renewables Now).
      • South Staffs Water has unveiled plans for the upgrade of its Hamptom Loade Water Treatment Works in Shropshire, UK. The proposed modernisation, estimated to cost GBP55mn, will use PWNT's CeraMac membrane filtration process. The facility is expected to produce 210,000 cubic metres of water daily and serve around 700,000 customers. The facility upgradation work is slated for completion in August 2024 (Water World).

      Latin America and the Caribbean

      Brazil:

      • Lightsource BP has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with America Energia for energy from a solar project in the Brazilian state of Ceara. Called Milagres, the 210MWp solar plant will have an investment of BRL800mn (USD153.2mn). The PPA also includes issuance of Renewable Energy Certificates for the entire period. The facility is expected to start operations in 2024, according to a press release from Lightsource.
      • Eneva has secured a BRL300.0mn (USD56.8mn) loan from Banco do Nordeste do Brasil for the construction of solar photovoltaic (PV) project in the Brazilian state of Bahia. The loan has a term of 24-year with an 18-month grace period. Called Futura 1, the PV project will have capacity of 870MWp. The PV farm is slated to start commercial operation in Q422 (Renewables Now).
      • Unigel, a unit of Germany-based Uniper, has started the construction of a USD120mn new green hydrogen plant in the Brazilian state of Bahia. The proposed facility, which will be located in the Camaçari Industrial Complex, will initially produce 10,000tonnes of green hydrogen and 60,000tonnes of green ammonia per annum. The proposed facility will be developed in phases with the first phase to feature three electrolysers from ThyssenKrupp Nucera, with total power of 60MW. The power plant is likely to enter commercial operations by the end of 2023 (PV Magazine).
      • 2W Energia has signed new long-term financing agreements to support the construction of 76.5MW portion of the 261MW Kairos wind complex in Brazil. Under the agreement, Banco do Nordeste do Brasil (BNB) has agreed to provide BRL275mn (USD52.8mn) loan to Kairos Wind 2 Energia and Kairos Wind 6 Energia. The complex will be located on 110sq km off the coast of Ceara state and will feature five wind farms. Commercial operation of the complex is scheduled to start in 2023 (Renewables Now).

      Chile:

      • Antofagasta has unveiled that work on the desalination plant at Los Pelambres mine in Chile is 86% completed. The plant, which is part of USD2.2bn Los Pelambres Expansion project, is likely to provide industrial-quality desalinated water. The plant is expected to complete by the end of 2022 (Mining.com).

      Guyana:

      • Van Oord and Subsea 7 have secured a contract from Esso Exploration and Production Guyana (EEPGL), an affiliate of ExxonMobil, to design and build a pipeline for a gas-to-energy project offshore Guyana. The scope of work includes project management, engineering and installation of 190km of natural gas pipeline. The pipeline, which will connect Liza field to natural gas-fired power plant located west of Demerara River, will transport 1.4mn cubic metres of gas per day. Operations are slated to begin in the middle of 2023, according to a press release from Van Oord.

      Paraguay:

      • Concret Mix has won a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract from Atome Energy for Phase-I of 60MW Villeta facility, as a part of 400MW green hydrogen and ammonia project in Paraguay. The FEED contract, to be delivered by September 2022, includes civil and electrochemical works for the adaptation of National Electrical Administration's substation, soil studies, topography, electrical and electrochemical equipment cost estimation along with a work timetable. The final investment decision on the Villeta project is expected to be reached at the end of 2022, with green hydrogen production expected to commence by Q125 (H2 View).

      Middle East and North Africa

      Algeria:

      • The governments of Algeria, Nigeria and Niger have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build the USD13.0bn Trans Saharan natural gas pipeline. The proposed onshore pipeline will be more than 4,000km long and is designed to transport around 30bn cubic metres of natural gas per annum to Europe. The proposed pipeline will start in Warri (Nigeria) and end in Hassi R'Mel (Algeria) (NS Energy).

      Egypt:

      • ReNew Power has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone, Egypt's Sovereign Fund, the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company and the Authority for the Development and Use of Renewable Energy for construction of USD8bn green hydrogen facility in the Suez Canal Economic Zone in Egypt. Under Phase-I of the project, a pilot electrolysis plant with a capacity of 150MW will be set up and powered by 570MW of renewable energy, while Phase-II will involve addition of 1.5GW of electrolysis capacity, powered by 5.68GW of green energy. ReNew Power will start preliminary feasibility study of the project.

      Iran:

      • The Tehran Oil Refinery Iran has unveiled plans to launch a tender worth USD18bn for the construction of two crude oil refineries in Iran. A consortium of Tadbir Energy Group, Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries, the National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company of Iran, Melli, Refah Kargaran, Mellat, Tejarat banks and Ahdaf Investment Company and the Iranian Oil Ministry's fuel department will invest USD11bn for construction of one refinery. A consortium of three banks and Mofid Economic Group will invest USD7bn for the other. The refinery is likely to be operational by 2027 (Saudi Gulf Projects).

      Iraq:

      • Construction has resumed on the 1.6GW Al-Anbar natural gas combined-cycle power plant in the Furat district, Iraq. The USD1.5bn project will feature four 273MW GT26 gas units and two 275MW steam units. Metka would deliver engineering, design, procurement, installation services for the project along with managing commissioning of the plant. The project is expected to be completed in 2025 (Ener Data).

      Morocco:

      • Construction work has started on the 34MWp GPM1 solar power plant in Casablanca, Morocco. Developed by Green Power Morocco, the photovoltaic (PV) power plant will come up on 750,000sq m area within the municipality of Hjar Nahal in the Tangier-Assilah Prefecture. The solar power plant, estimated to cost MAD370mn (USD36mn), will comprise more than 91,000 PV panels and is expected to produce around 67GWh per annum (Morocco World News).
      • Xlinks has awarded a contract to WSP to provide technical advisory services in a tender for the construction of four high voltage direct current (HVDC) converter stations and additional works for the Morocco-UK Power Project. The proposed project is likely to generate 10.5GW energy by using solar and wind generation assets along with energy storage, which will be connected to UK by 3,800km HVDC sub-sea cables with a combined capacity of 3.6GW, according to a press release from Xlinks.

      United Arab Emirates:

      • Abu Dhabi National Oil (ADNOC) has awarded two substantial contracts to ADNOC Drilling for the Hail and Ghasha Development Projects in UAE. The contracts worth AED7.49bn (USD2.0bn) comprises AED4.9bn (USD1.3bn) for integrated drilling services and fluids and AED2.6bn (USD711.0mn) for the provision of four Island Drilling Units. Production from the Ghasha Concession is expected to start around 2025, ramping up to produce more than 1.5bn cubic feet per day of natural gas before the end of 2020s. The updated design is expected to be completed by the end of 2022 (Saudi Gulf Projects).

      North America

      United States:

      • Spearmint Energy has acquired a 150MW battery energy storage (BESS) project from Con Edison Development in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the US. Called the Revolution BESS, the project is one of the largest battery projects in the state of Texas. The project is expected to begin operations in Q223 (Renews Biz).
      • Spearmint Energy has acquired a 150MW battery energy storage scheme (BESS) in the US state of Texas from Con Edison Development. The BESS will be installed within the region of utility Lower Colorado River Authority Territory. The firm intends to start the BESS in Q223 (Renewables Now).
      • EDP Renovaveis, a unit of EDP, has signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) to sell the output of a 200MW solar photovoltaic (PV) park in the US state of California. The proposed PV farm will also feature 150MW of battery storage capacity. The farm is slated for commissioning in 2024 (Renewables Now).
      • LyondellBasell has signed two 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Buckeye Partners for 165MW solar projects in the US state of Texas. Called Crown and Sol, the solar projects are being built on adjacent sites in the Falls County. The solar parks, estimated to produce 400,000MWh of power per year for LyondellBasell, are likely to start commercial operations in Q323 (Renewables Now).
      • CenterPoint Energy has sought approval from Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) to acquire a 130MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in the US county of Pike from Invenergy. The ownership of the farm, which will be developed by Invenergy, will go to CenterPoint Energy following start of operations in 2025. Construction work is slated to started after IURC's decision which is expected in early 2023, according to a press release from Center Point Energy.

      Sub-Saharan Africa

      Angola:

      • TotalEnergies has unveiled plans to build three projects in Angola, including Begonia oil field, Quiluma gas field, Maboqueiro gas fields, and a photovoltaic project. Begonia oil field will be the first development of Block 17/06 and comprise five wells tied back to the Pazflor FPSO. Commissioning is expected in late 2024 and it will add 30,000 barrels per day to the FPSO's production. The Quiluma and Maboqueiro non-associated natural gas projects are scheduled to start in the middle of 2026. The plans also include the construction of the Quilemba solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the southern city of Lubango with 35MW initial capacity, with plans to add 45MW in second phase. The PV power plant will be operational by the end of 2023 (Oil & Gas Journal).

      Burundi:

      • The government of Burundi has started work on its portion of the Burundi-Rwanda transmission line project. The EUR24.4mn (USD24.9mn) project, co-financed by the African Development Bank and the EU, includes the construction of a 220 kV line from the Burundi-Rwanda border to the capital Gitega via Ngozi. A consortium of India-based Transrail Lighting and Korea-based Hanbaek secured a contract to deliver the project (Afrik21).

      Kenya:

      • Kenya Power and Light Company (KPLC) has signed a power purchase agreement with Ethiopia Electric Power to secure output from a hydroelectric power plant as part of the Kenya-Ethiopia Electricity Highway Project. Under the deal, Kenya Power will secure 200MW of electricity in the first phase, with potential to double it in the future. The USD1.3bn project includes the construction of a 1,068km 500kV power transmission line between the grids of Kenya and Ethiopia. The project, funded by the World Bank and the African Development Bank, is likely to start commercial operations in November 2022 (ESI Africa).

      South Africa:

      • Eskom has selected South Korea-based Hyosung Heavy Industries and China-based Pinggao Group to supply battery energy storage (BESS) for a 343MW BESS project in South Africa. The project, co-financed by the African Development Bank, New Development Bank, the World Bank and the Clean Technology Fund will be developed in two phases. The first phase will include the installation of around 199MW with 833MWh of distributed BESS at eight Eskom distribution substation sites and 2MW of solar PV capacity, with commissioning expected by June 30 2023. The second phase will include 144MW/616 MWh of storage at four Eskom distribution and 58MW solar PV, with commissioning due by December 2024 (Renewables Now).

      Zambia:

      • The Exim Bank of China has agreed to provide USD150.0mn to support the Kafue Bulk Water Supply Project in Zambia's Lusaka Province. The first phase includes the construction of a water intake, treatment plant, booster station and transmission lines to provide 50,000cubic metres of water per day. The China Civil Engineering Construction is responsible for execution of the project (Afrik21).
      Transport

      Asia Pacific

      Australia:

      • Excavation work has started on Stage-I of the Western Harbour tunnel project in Sydney, Australia. Works are under way for 1.7km of mainline tunnels from Rozelle to Birchgrove. The three-laned project will link WestConnex at the Rozelle Interchange with the Warringah Freeway at North Sydney through construction of 6.5km tunnels under Sydney Harbour. John Holland-CPB Contractors joint venture would deliver Stage-I of the project. Construction contract for Stage-II of the project is expected to be awarded at the end of 2022 (Infrastructure Magazine).
      • Early works have started for the first phase of the AUD220.0mn (USD152.5mn) New Dubbo Bridge project in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW). The project is jointly funded by the federal and state governments. Abergeldie Complex Industries is delivering intersection upgrade to modernise Darling Street, while Caporn Piling NSW will deliver test piling in the floodplain which will start in 2022, following planning confirmation. Head contractor for the project will be selected by the end of 2022, with the construction work due to begin in 2023 (Roads & Infrastructure Australia).

      China (Mainland):

      • Construction work has started for the reconstruction and expansion of the northern section of Changzhi National Highway 208 in Mainland China. The 108km project, estimated to cost CNY5.5bn (USD814.3mn), will be delivered under public private partnership model (Seetao).
      • Construction has started on the Yexian-Lushan expressway (Lushan Section) in Henan Province, Mainland China. The 38.6km long two-way four-lane expressway, estimated to cost CNY4.98bn (USD737.4mn), will feature five toll stations and two service areas. The expressway forms part of the Provincial Department of Transportation's 13445 project, with a total estimated investment of CNY8.37bn (USD1.2bn) and a total length of 67.5km (Seetao).
      • Construction work has started for the control project of Bayan Obo-Guyang section of the National Highway 210 in Mainland China. The 89.4km long two-way four-lane first-class highway, estimated to cost CNY3.3bn (USD487.3bn), will feature 25 large and medium bridges, one interchange, one main line toll station, one service area and one maintenance area (Seetao).
      • A tender notice has been issued for the financing and general contracting of the Wuzhou-Yulin-Qinzhou Highway Cangwu to Rongxian Section in Mainland China. Guangxi Communications Investment Group will invest around CNY18.52bn (USD2.7bn) in the project. The 105.3km expressway will include 108 bridges, seven separate interchanges and tunnels. The overall project is due to complete in 36 months (Seetao).
      • Ground has been broken for construction of first phase of Line 4 of the metro network in the city of Xuzhou, Mainland China. The 26.2km long first phase, estimated to cost CNY18.3bn (USD2.71bn), will feature 19 stations from Qiaoshangcun to Tuolanshan Road with eight interchange stations. The underground metro network will have provision to extend the route on both ends. Initial operations of the project are due to start in December 2027 (International Railway Journal).
      • Pre-qualification bidding starts for Jiujiang-Nanchang section of the Beijing-Hong Kong high-speed railway line in Mainland China. The 137.7km long main line will include three new stations. This construction tender is divided into eight tenders: CJZQ-1, CJZQ-2, CJZQ-3, CJZQ-4, CJZQ-5, CJZQ-6, CJZQ-7 and CJZQ-8. Works are scheduled to start at the end of September 2022. The overall project is scheduled to complete on March 25 2027. The deadline for document submission is on August 11 2022 (Seetao).
      • The Chongqing Development and Reform Commission has revealed that a feasibility study has been approved for the CNY6.6bn (USD977.7mn) Chongqing Lujiao tunnel project in China. The 5.4km tunnel is planned to come up between Xuefu Interchange and Lujiao Interchange. Construction of the project is slated to begin by the end of 2022 (Seetao).
      • Construction is under way on the 108km Northern section of the Changzhi National Highway 208 reconstruction project in Shanxi, China. The CNY5.459bn (USD808.7mn) northern section, to be implemented under a public-private partnership model, will come up between the Wuxiang Yugang and Tunliu Xiaohebei communities (Seetao).
      • CCCC Highway Planning and Design Institute has approved project application report for the reconstruction and expansion of Hetao-Huangdao Section of Qinglan Expressway in Mainland China. The CNY5.92bn (USD876.4mn) project will feature 30.8km-long two-way eight-lane expressway connecting Chengyang District, Jiaozhou City and the West Coast New District. Works are due to start in 2023, with completion due in 2025 (Seetao).

      India:

      • The Bangalore Development Authority has launched a tender for construction of the 74km Peripheral ring road project in India. The eight-laned public-private partnership project will connect Tumakuru and Hosur roads. The project, to be built on 10.36sq km of land, will be delivered under a design, build, finance, operate and transfer model (NBM&CW).
      • The National Highway Authority of India?(NHAI) has proposed plans to develop a 55km long and 30.48m wide Western Ring Road?in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The INR14bn (USD175.6mn) project will connect NATRAX on AB Road in Pithampur to Arjun Badod village near Manglia. The Indore?Development Authority will acquire land for the construction of a 42km stretch of the proposed road, while Madhya Pradesh Industrial Development will provide 1.31sq km of land for the remaining 13km stretch (The Times Of India).
      • The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has launched a tender for the construction of a six-lane bridge between Sherpur and Dighwara in the Indian state of Bihar. The 14.2km long Sherpur-Dighwara bridge is estimated to cost around INR49.94bn (USD630.8mn). The tender process is scheduled to complete in two months. The overall project is slated to complete in three-and-a-half years (Times of India).
      • The Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) has launched a tender for the widening and strengthening of Kuakhia-Mangalpur Section of national highway-20 in the Indian state of Odisha. The project, estimated at INR3.41bn (USD43.2mn), includes widening of the two-lane highway to four lanes with paved shoulders from 0.00km to 35.8km of NH-20 on engineering, procurement and construction model. Works are due to complete in 24-months (Projects Today).
      • The Government of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu has shortlisted a site to build a greenfield airport at Parandur near an existing airport. The state government intends to submit a proposal to the Ministry of Civil Aviation to seek site clearance for the finalised site. The proposed airport will require an estimated investment of INR200.0bn (USD2.5bn) and is expected to handle around 40mn passengers per annum (The Hindu).
      • PNC Infratech has signed a concession agreement with National Highways Authority of India for INR8.64bn (USD108.7mn) modernisation and upgrade of a road section in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The scope of work includes the four laning of a highway section from Hardoi bypass to Hardoi district of NH-731 under Package-III. The work is due to complete in 30 months (NBM&CW).

      Europe

      Bosnia-Herzegovina:

      • The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has agreed to provide a EUR25mn (USD25.6mn) sovereign loan to the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the Sarajevo tram extension project. The project, estimated to cost EUR34.77mn (USD35.69mn), will include the construction of double-track line from Ilidza to Hrasnica, 12.96km U-turn in Hrasnica and 20 new tram stations along the new route. The entire project is due to complete in 2023 (Railway Pro).

      Croatia:

      • HŽ Infrastruktura has signed a contract with a consortium of Strabag and AŽD Praha for the modernisation and doubling of the Hrvatski Leskovac-Karlovac railway section on the M202 Zagreb-Rijeka mainline in Croatia. The project has received 85% of funds from the EU via the Operational Programme Competitiveness and Cohesion with total value of HRK3.45bn (USD466.6mn). The scope of work also includes reconstruction of Hrvatski Leskovac, Jastrebarsko and Karlovac stations, conversion of three stations into stops and reconstruction of four stops, reconstruction of bridges, viaducts, underpasses, overpasses and other facilities. Work is likely to complete in 30 months (Railway Pro).

      United Kingdom:

      • Works have been stalled on the 8km Carlisle Southern Link road project in the UK. The Cumbria County Council, which had selected Morgan Sindall Construction to deliver enabling works for the project with a view of signing GBP65mn (USD78.9mn) contract for the second stage, has parted ways with Morgan Sindall Construction as they could not decide upon a final construction price for the project due to high inflation costs. Morgan Sindall Construction had started enabling works on the project in Q222, with Capita as designer and Story Construction as the contractor. The council has now decided to retender the project, backed by funding from Homes England (Construction Enquirer).
      • McLaughlin & Harvey has won a contract to design and build a new hangar at Farnborough Airport, UK. The proposed hanger is estimated to cost GBP55mn (USD66.9mn). The project is likely to start in August 2022 with completion due in Q124 (Construction Review Online).

      Latin America and the Caribbean

      Argentina:

      • Works are underway for the Presidente Perón highway in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The ARS43.53bn (USD328.7mn) project will feature a 83km long highway, with two lanes in each direction, connecting the West Access Highway to the Provincial Route No. 2 Highway. The proposed project will improve connectivity to the municipalities of San Isidro, General San Martín, Tres de Febrero, Hurlingham, Ituzaingó, Merlo, La Matanza, Ezeiza, San Vicente, President Perón, Florencio Varela and Berazategui (Carreteras Pan Americana).

      Chile:

      • Egis, in partnership with CyD Ingéneria, has won a new contract to act as project management assistant for the System on seventh line of the Santiago metro in Chile. This new automatic line will extend over 26km and will consist of 19 stations. Line 7 is the first project of a new cycle of expansion of the Santiago Metro since three new lines and three extensions are planned, according to a press release from Egis.

      Mexico:

      • The Government of Mexico has unveiled plans to build four strategic road projects in the Mexican city of Cancun. The total investment for the projects is estimated at MXN7.26bn (USD351.5mn) with MXN5.58bn (USD270.15mn) allocated for the Nichupté Vehicular Bridge, MXN1.08bn (USD52.48mn) for 13.5km Luis Donaldo Colosio Boulevard, MXN360mn (USD17.42mn) for the construction of the Airport Distributor and MXN237.8mn (USD11.51mn) for 4.4km Chac Mool Avenue. The projects will provide an alternate route for transit from Cancun to the airport (Carreteras Pan Americana).
      • The Government of Mexico allocated MXN15.5bn (USD765.5mn) for the Mayan Train project in H122. The budget is 24% more than the expected MXN62.9bn (USD3.1bn). The main infrastructure work has reached 43.8%. Around MXN78.4bn (USD3.8bn) is budgeted for the first five sections of the Mayan Train. The railway line is due to open in December 2023 (Carreteras Pan Americana).

      Peru:

      • The Ministry of Transport and Communications of Peru, via Provias Nacional, has signed a USD532,000 framework agreement with SAC Consultant to study the daniel alcides highway carrión. The scope of work includes the topographical survey to consolidate the route within the selected corridor and the implementation of control points on the ground. The 136km long two-lane highway, which will integrate the department of Lima with the Longitudinal Highway of the Sierra, is estimated at around PEN11.5bn (USD3bn). Works are due to start in August 2022 with completion expected in 135 calendar days, according to a press release from the Peruvian government.

      Uruguay:

      • Terminal Cuenca del Plata (TCP), a joint venture (JV) of Katoen Natie and the National Ports Administration of Uruguay, has awarded an USD455mn contract to consortium of Jan de Nul, Mota-Engil and Stiler for the development of terminal at Montevideo Port, Uruguay. Under the deal, the consortium will develop extended infrastructure at the terminal called Cuenca del Plata along with building a new dock to receive container ship up to a depth of 14m. Operations for the first berth are likely to start by 2024 with construction of all berths slated for completion in 2025 (InfraPPP).

      Middle East and North Africa

      Oman:

      • Construction is under way on a 8km road project connecting Wadi Bani Khalid and Tiwi province in Oman. The proposed mountain road will reduce the distance between the two provinces by 200km. Wadi al Jahl Heights Trading will serve as the contractor for the project, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2022 (Zawya).

      North America

      Canada:

      • Work is under way on the next stage of Metrolinx's Kitchener GO expansion project in Canada. The scope of work includes installation of a 2.5km section of the fourth track from Lansdowne Avenue to Dupont Street, new pedestrian tunnel to connect Bloor GO Station?with Randolph Avenue, realignment of the West Toronto Railpath, a new 740sq m Community Park at Ernest Avenue, modifications to the existing Bloor Street West pedestrian bridge and the addition of plantings, gardens and seating. Construction of this stage is expected to be completed in 2025, according to a press release by Metrolinx.

      United States:

      • A joint venture between Skanska and Traylor Bros PNB has broken ground on USD1.56bn Portal North railway bridge over the Hackensack River in the US state of New Jersey. The 3.86km long span will replace the Portal swing bridge. The project is funded by the US Department of Transportation, the state governments of New Jersey and New York and Amtrak. The project is due to complete in five-and-a-half years (Global Construction Review).
      • Lane, a subsidiary of Webuild Group, has secured an USD233mn contract for the expansion of section of Mainline Turnpike highway in the US state of Florida. The scope of work includes rebuilding and widening from four to eight lanes of section of State Road 19 highway along with construction of bridge structures, tolling sites, lighting, intelligent traffic systems and interchange improvements. The work is likely to start in Q422, according to a press release from Webuild.

      Sub-Saharan Africa

      Cote d`Ivoire:

      • Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), in partnership with two commercial banks, acted as mandated lead arranger underway to provide a USD92mn ten-year senior debt financing package at Terminal Industriel Polyvalent de San Pedro multipurpose bulk terminal at San Pedro Port, Côte d’Ivoire. Autonomous Port of San Pedro has also signed a 35-year concession agreement, which includes the design, construction, financing, operation, and maintenance of the terminal. Arise Ports & Logistics is the majority shareholder of TIPSP and is backed by AP Moller Capital, African Finance Corporation and Olam International (Construction Review Online).
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      Asia Pacific

      India:

      • Migsun Group has unveiled plans to invest INR7bn (USD88.09mn) to develop a special economic zone (SEZ) in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The 151,757.1sq m SEZ, which will come up in in Greater Noida, will feature six towers with 92,903.04sq m of warehousing, 148,644.86sq m of data centre and 167,225.47sq m of IT space. The group has acquired Ansal and HDFC Bank's stakes in Ansal IT City Park (SEZ) Tech Zone (The Economic Times).
      • Chalet Hotels (CHL) has secured a contract from Delhi International Airport (DIAL) for the development of a hotel at T3 terminal of Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, India. The proposed hotel will feature 350-400 five-star deluxe rooms. DIAL will serve as governing body and deliver cold shell for this project, while CHL will complete the interiors. JLL served as transaction advisor for DIAL. Hotel is likely to commission in 2026 (The Economic Times).

      Singapore:

      • Cariflex, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DL Chemical, has broken ground for the construction of its polyisoprene latex plant in Jurong Island of Singapore. The facility, which will come up on 61,000sq m site, will be delivered in two phases with an estimated cost of more than USD350mn. DL E&C will serve as the lead contracting partner for the project execution. The facility is likely to be operational by H224, according to a press release from Cariflex.

      South Korea:

      • Empyrion DC has unveiled plans for the construction of a new 40MW data centre in the Gangnam area of Seoul, South Korea. The USD400mn project will feature a ten-storey building equipped with Building Integrated Photovoltaic Panels. The data centre is slated to start operations in 2024 (Data Center Dynamics).

      Thailand:

      • Xingda has unveiled plans to invest CNY1.6bn (USD236.9mn) for the expansion of its steel tire cord plant in Thailand. The expansion project, approved by National Development and Reform Commission of Mainland China, will increase the production capacity of the facility from 100,000tonnes per annum of steel cord to 200,000tonnes per annum. Construction for the project is scheduled to complete in 24 months, according to a press release from Xingda.

      Europe

      Bosnia-Herzegovina:

      • PMP Industries has submitted preliminary environmental impact assessment (EIA) to the Environment Ministry for construction of a factory to produce steel castings in the Serb Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The 91,284sq m factory will include two facilities, with the first facility producing steel castings and second for the mechanical processing of the steel castings. Construction of first facility is due by 2024, with second slated to complete by 2027 (See News).

      Germany:

      • Airbus Helicopters has broken ground for the construction of a test centre for CityAirbus NextGen in the German town of Donauwörth. The proposed building, which will come up on 1,000sq m of land, will be used for testing systems for electric take-off and landing vehicles. Construction for the building is slated to complete in Q123, according to a press release from Airbus.

      United Kingdom:

      • Kier Construction has signed a GBP36mn (USD43.7mn) contract for the redevelopment of Deyes High School in the UK town of Maghull. Under the deal, all the existing buildings on the 52,609.1sq m site will be demolished, except the 300-student sixth form, to form a new 10,219.33sq m facility. New two- and three-storey blocks will be built on the existing playing fields before demolition. TACE will serve as M&E engineer, Ridge as civil and structural engineer and Orion as fire expert for the project (Construction Enquirer).
      • AMTE Power has unveiled plans to build a EUR190mn (USD194.3mn) lithium battery manufacturing facility in Scotland. The proposed facility is slated to complete by Q325 and generate revenue of GBP200mn (USD204.5mn) per annum, according to a press release from AMTE.
      • Morgan Sindall has secured a GBP61mn (USD74.3mn) contract to build a school in the town of Abergavenny, UK. The proposed development will replace the existing King Henry VIII High School and combine it with the Deri View Pr

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