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Tanzania : Upgrade to tarmac level the Tanga-Horohoro Road January 30, 2009

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Package 1: Lot 1 A101 : Upgrading of tanga – Horohoro (68 km) Package 2: Upgrading of Mtwara Corridor comprising: lot 1 A301: songea – Namtumbo (61 km) and Lot 2 A401 Peramiho Jct – Mbinga (78 Km) Package 3: Tunduma-Sumbawanga comprising: Lot 1: A2011 Tunduma-Ikana (64Km) Lot 2: A2012 Ikana- laela (64Km) and Lot 3 A2013 Laela – Sumbawanga (96.5 Km)

The government expects to upgrade to tarmac level the Tanga-Horohoro Road during the 2008/2009 financial year, the National Assembly was told here yesterday. The Minister for Infrastructure Development, Dr Shukuru Kawambwa, told the National Assembly that the road would be constructed with the assistance from the US government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

The 65-kilometre long Tanga-Horohoro Road is one of five roads with a total of 439.5 kilometers in length that would be upgraded to tarmac level through the MCC, he said. The minister also said those who would be affected by the exercise of upgrading the road would be compensated fairly as soon as changes in the environmental impact assessment report are made and approved.

Dr Kawambwa told the National Assembly that the government had already prepared tender documents, conducted a feasibility study and submitted an environmental impact assessment report to the MCC but the corporation wanted a few changes to the report. The minister was responding to a question from the MP for Mkinga, Mr Mbaruk Mwandoro, who wanted to know when the government would start upgrading the road to tarmac level and when people affected by the exercise would be compensated.

More info and contacts:
Project Coordinator Tanzania National Roads Agency Haiday Plaza – Kisutu Street Dar es Salaam
Deadline: 24/03/2009
Millenium Challenge Account – Tanzania (MCA-T)

Dar es Salaam
Telefono: +255 222124634
Fax: +255 222124644
E-mail: numuqa@yahoo.com
Web: http://www.mca-t.go.tz


South Africa : Second convetional nuclear power station, South Africa January 24, 2009

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The Eskom (South African electric utility ) board has approved the investigation of up to 20 000 MW of nuclear capacity over the next 20 years, as part of its plans to roll out 40 000 MW of capacity over the same period. The initial phase of the investigation will concentrate on one nuclear power station of about 40 000 MW, with provision being made for future expansion.

A small model of the nuclear power plant "Kernkraftwerk Emsland" in Lingen, Germany (flokru, Flickr)

A small model of the nuclear power plant "Kernkraftwerk Emsland" in Lingen, Germany (flokru, Flickr

The proposed nuclear power station will be of the pressurised water reactor (PWR) type. Cooling water for the nuclear power station will be used directly from the sea. Although detailed design still needs to be completed, it is estimated that the entire development will require some 31 ha, including all auxiliary infrastructure.


The proposed nuclear power station will include a nuclear reactor, a turbine complex, spent fuel and nuclear storage facilities, waste handling facilities, an intake and outfall basin, and infrastructure for various auxiliary services.

Eskom is considering five possible sites for the nuclear plant, namely Brazil, near Kleinzee, and Schulpfontein near Hondeklipbaai on the Northern Cape west coast; Duynefontein (Koeberg) and Batamsklip, near Pearly Beach, east of Gansbaai, on the Western Cape coast; and Thyspunt, near Oyster Bay, west of Cape St Francis, on the Eastern Cape coast.

Value The project’s capital cost is between  € 70 millions and € 80 millions.
If the proposed project is authorised, it is estimated that the construction of the nuclear power station could start in 2010, with the commissioning of the first unit in 2016.

Key contractors and suppliers Arcus Gibb (environmental-impact assessment (EIA) and environmental-management plan for the proposed nuclear power plant). Latest development Eskom has announced its decision not to proceed with the proposed investment in the Nuclear 1 project, owing to the magnitude of the investment. The Eskom board has, as a result, terminated the commercial procurement process to select the preferred bidder for the construction of the Nuclear 1 project.

The two bidders, the EPR consortium led by Areva of France and the N-Powerment consortium led by Westinghouse of the US, have been informed of this decision of the Eskom board.

However, the South African government has stressed that the country remains committed to its nuclear power programme despite the dicision.

Contact details for project information

Eskom media desk, tel +27 11 800 3304, fax +27 11 800 3850

email mediadesk@eskom.co.za.

Eskom national call centre, tel 0860 037 566.

Jordan : Wadi Amman land restoration project January 17, 2009

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The Greater Amman Municipality (“GAM”) is pleased to announce that it is seeking interested parties for the development of lands located at the eastern gateway to the City of Amman and defined as the Wadi Amman Project .  The purpose of this Request for Prequalification (“PQ”) is to identify interested parties with the appropriate expertise and qualifications to undertake this Project, and establish a shortlist of Qualified Participants who will be invited to respond to a detailed Request for Proposals (“RFP”).  From the RFP, a Successful Participant will be selected to enter into agreement with GAM to execute the Project.

Wadi Amman Districts

Wadi Amman Districts

Wadi Amman is a land assembly located to the southwest of the historic Hedjaz Railway Station and to the northeast incorporating the Roman Amphitheatre. The 3-kilometre strip, approximately 150 metres at its widest point, serves as the eastern gateway to historic downtown Amman for visitors traveling from Zarqa and points beyond. The character of Wadi Amman is defined by its location along the seil and transportation arteries (Al Jaysh Highway and King Abdullah I Street) that distinguish Wadi Amman from its surrounding communities.
GAM recognizes the different characteristics in Wadi Amman and has therefore divided it into three distinct districts: (1) Wadi Philadelphia; (2) Wadi Ragadan; and (3) Wadi Mahatta. This PQ is concerned only with District 1 and 2; as such the subject parcel of land measures approximately 27 Hectares. The Project Area (i.e., District 1 and 2) includes some historical monuments and few heritage buildings that defined the main characteristics of the City of Amman. For example, the Wadi Philadelphia District was at one time part of the Region of the Decapolis (ancient cities of the Roman Empire), thus a number of significant antiquity sites are still found in the area, most notably the Roman Amphitheatre located on the Wadi Philadelphia lands and the Roman Citadel also located in the vicinity of the Project Area…..

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A pre-qualification meeting with GAM will be held on 1st Feb. 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the City Hall, Ras Al-Ein. All prospective applicants are invited to attend in order to be briefed on the project and the prequalification process. All interested parties are required to confirm on their attendance no later than 7 days prior to prequalification meeting date.
Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) Tendering and Procurement Directorate
Contact Person: Eng. Mutasem Hindawi (Executive Director of Supply Chain and Acquisition)
Eng. Omar Maani (Mayor

City Hall, Ras Al-Ein, Omar Matar Street
PO Box 132
Amman Jordan

Tel.: +962 6 4642408 / 4636111 ext. 2205 / 2206 / 2207
Fax: +962 6 4610231 / 4621086
E-mail: gam.tenders@ammancity.gov.jo

Shenhua Group launches CTL project in Inner Mongolia January 15, 2009

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Coal ProcessingShenhua Group, the country’s largest coal producer, announced that a direct coal-to-liquids (CTL) project had started operation before the New Year, sources reported.

The project, involving a total investment of RMB 10 billion, is the world’s first major liquefaction plant that employs direct coal liquefaction technology.

Located in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the first CTL facility in China is designed with a capacity of producing one million tons of fuels annually.

The project started construction on April, 2005, and is producing fuels and chemical products all up to standard at present.
Shenhua Group is a state-owned mining and energy company in China. It was founded in October 1995 under the auspices of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.

Source: China Business News

HK-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge to start construction in 2009 January 15, 2009

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macau1A mega bridge linking Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai will start the construction this year, said Du Ying, Vice Chairman of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), at a press conference on Thursday.

The central government will allocate RMB 5 billion for the project and holds the idea the bridge can help the export enterprises within the area to sell their products in mainland China.

With a total length of 29 km, the bridge ranks the longest in the world, and is expected to enhance the overall competitiveness of the Pearl River Delta.
Source: China Business New

CHINA : Bids For Incineration Power Franchise Project Of Taizhou Urban Refuse Disposal Center (BOT) January 15, 2009

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Power PlantBid No.: 0747-0840SITC8610

Luqiao Branch Office of Taizhou Construction & Planning Bureau authorized by Taizhou Luqiao People’s Government, entrusts SINOCHEM International Tendering Co., Ltd. as the bidding agency to invite the public bidding for Concessionary Unit Of Incineration Power Project Of Taizhou Urban Refuse Disposal Center. Now, the interested eligible bidders are invited to submit the sealed bids in an independent juridical person unit or joint venture.

1. Project introduction

1) Project name: Taizhou Urban Refuse Disposal Center Incineration Power Franchise Project (hereinafter referred to as “Project”)

2) Project site: Shitang, Pengjie Township, Luqiao District, Taizhou City, Zhejiang Province, China

3) Project size: The designed daily urban refuse disposal capacity is 800 tons and the annual disposal capacity is 290,000 tons. The future daily disposal capacity is 1200 tons and the bidder should consider the reservation in the construction plan.

4) The total investment amount is about RMB290 million yuan. To ensure the project construction level, the total investment shall not be less than RMB260 million yuan.

5) Project franchise period: The franchise rights period is 29 years since the effect date of the agreement (including the construction period of two years).

2. Content of bids:

The successful bidder is selected through the public bidding and form into the project company, which is responsible for the investment, construction, operation management of Taizhou Urban Refuse Disposal Center Incineration Power Franchise Project in the franchise rights period and the transfer upon the expiration of franchise rights period.

3. Qualification for bidder:

(1) The bidder shall be an enterprise juridical person duly organized, validly existing according to the law. Meanwhile, the bidder shall have no subordinate relationship with the purchaser and the consultation unit or its affiliated organization for finishing the technology standard and bid document.

(2) The member of joint venture shall not be more than 2, and the investment proportion (share proportion of project company) of the leading party shall not be less than 51%.

(3) The independent bidder or the leading party of joint venture shall have the investment construction or the operation management achievement of not less than 500 t/d urban refuse incineration power plant, which the furnace of incineration process is the fluidizer.

(4) The net asset of the audited financial statement in the recent three years of an independent bidder or the leading party of joint venture shall not be less than RMB200 million yuan.

(5) Neither an independent bidder or the member of joint venture can attend the dual or multiple bids.


Purchaser: Luqiao Branch Office of Taizhou Construction & Planning Bureau

Bidding agency: SINOCHEM International Tendering Co., Ltd.

Contact: Liu Yinghua

Tel: 0086-10-88078970, Mao Shibo

Tel: 0086-10-88079223

Fax: 0086-10-88079323

Post code: 100045

Email: liuyinghua@sinochem.com, maoshibo@sinochem.com

Address: Room 2001, 20/F SINOCHEM Tower, A2 Fuxingmenwai Street, Beijing City, China

A/C name: SINOCHEM International Tendering Co., Ltd.

Opening bank: Beijing Fuwai Branch of Industrial & Commercial Bank of China

A/C No.: 0200048509022104668

Portugal: High Speed Railway Project January 15, 2009

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General Overview

/ PPP Contracting Procedure / Status of the Project RAVE – Rede Ferroviária de Alta Velocidade, S.A. (RAVE) was created by Decree-Law No. 323-H/2000, dated 19 December, and constituted with a capital of 2,500,000 Euros as a public limited company with exclusively public capitals. 60% of the company is held by the Portuguese State and 40% is held by REFER – Rede Ferroviária Nacional, E.P.E., the national railway infrastructure administrator.

Rede Ferroviária de Alta Velocidade Portugal

Rede Ferroviária de Alta Velocidade Portugal

In addition to its activities in Portugal, in partnership with ADIF – the Spanish Railway Infrastructure Management company, RAVE is a 50% shareholder in AVEP – Alta Velocidade Espanha-Portugal (High Speed Spain-Portugal), a European economic interest grouping created in order to study rail links between the two countries. AVEP is responsible for coordinating market research studies and defining routes and other technical aspects of the trans-crossing sections of this railway system, and also co-ordinates applications and procedures for obtaining EU funding for the project.

Currently, the transport sector for passengers and goods is clearly more favourable to road transport, especially due to the imbalances seen in recent decades. In addition to intense investments in road infrastructure, which has been a decisive factor for
development and a reference for mobility standards, the rail network has increasingly been unable to keep pace with modern requirements for mobility, both in terms of passengers and freight.
Against such a background, and considering the acknowledged benefits associated with rail transport as a means of reducing the external costs of the transport sector, it has become necessary to develop rail services and infrastructure which responds to current
mobility standards, offering advantages for users in terms of costs, time, reliability and comfort with integration into the entire European rail network.
In compliance with this objective, the development of the Trans-European Transport Network envisages the construction of 20,000 km of High-Speed railways up to 2020.
The Trans-European Transport Network is a central element of European policies for the revival of rail transport, associated with values of competitiveness, efficiency and sustainability.
The implementation of the High-Speed Rail Network in Portugal will commence with the Lisbon-Madrid, Lisbon-Porto and Porto-Vigo axes, which are considered to be a priority by the Portuguese government. This is due to the need to guarantee journey duration
and mobility standards and competitiveness equivalent to those achieved on the main European economic axes for the links between Portugal’s two main metropolitan areas and between these cities and Madrid. The creation of these High-Speed rail links is a
decisive factor for Portugal’s integration into the European rail network, creating the necessary conditions to boost competitiveness – in the Iberian and European context – of the Portuguese regions which have the highest population density and generate most of
the nation’s wealth.