Kenya Clears Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Project

€1 Billion Highway Construction Approved  

Authorities in Kenya have approved plans to develop the Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit highway, paving the way for breakbulk tenders on the mega-construction project.

The ambitious project is valued at €1 billion and will be developed as a public-private partenrship led by a consortium including Vinci and Meridiam. Plans had been on hold following a legal challenge by a competing consortium.
“This means what we did was the right thing and this will go a long way in savaging Kenyans about Sh35 billion,” said Peter Mundinia, director general of the Kenya National Highways Authority, or KeNHA.

151-mile Upgrade

The project is expected to drive significant breakbulk requirements in the near term as the winning consortium – Rift Valley Connect consortium (RVC) – proceeds with 151-mile-long construction.
“This project will make the corridor very vibrant, travel time reduced, operational costs reduced and connectivity between Nairobi and Nakuru enhanced,” Mundinia said.
RVC is composed of Vinci Highways, Meridian Infrastructure Africa Fund, and Vinci Concessions. The winning bid was challenged by a consortium of Egis Projects, Mota-Engil-Engenharia E Construcao Africa, S A, Africa Infrastructure Investment Managers Seed Partnership and Orascom Construction.
“The power of attorney annexed to the petition is fatally defective and the petition is truck off. The prayer that the decision by Kenha dated 27th February, 2019 be declared irregular, unfair, unprocedural and unlawful is hereby denied,” the tribunal ruling noted.
Construction is now expected to take three years to complete.

Northern Corridor
Identified as one of the most accident-prone stretches of road in Kenya by the National Transportation and Safety Authority of Kenya, the road forms a major part of the Northern Corridor.
“We hope that by end of this year, we will have moved to the ground,” Mundinia said.
Construction will involve creation of six lanes for increased traffic and an elevated road along the Nakuru Expressway, while the A8 from Gitaru up to the Rironi interchange, is scheduled to be developed under a construction contract awarded to China Wu Yi Co. and financed by the World Bank.