How lack of Electricity affects Construction Projects in Africa

All building construction projects are reliant on a number of different inputs to be successful. Examples of these inputs would be raw materials, labour, transportation and electricity.

Unfortunately, the reliable supply of electricity cannot be guaranteed in many African countries due to lack of infrastructure, maintenance and untrustworthy contractors, which leads to load shedding.

What is load shedding?

The deliberate shutdown of electric power in a part or parts of a power-distribution system, generally to prevent the failure of the entire system when the demand strains the capacity of the system.”

How does this affect construction projects in Africa

  • Investor confidence is reduced as investors worry about the safety of their investments being undermined by instability and unreliability of power.
  • The overall economy is affected not only by reduced investor confidence but also the fact that most businesses, in general, cannot operate without power. Suppliers, sub-contractors, manufacturers and most other inputs to the building industry are crippled without power.
  • The increase in the cost of electricity can be as much as three times higher than it would be if the grid were reliable, therefore increasing the building costs.
  • A delay in building completion of projects, therefore putting pressure on contractors and delays in starting in their next project. Sometimes projects cannot be completed and would need to be postponed.
  • An extra cost for the supply and upkeep of generators, therefore leading to higher building costs and an increase in pollution.
  • Electrical equipment – Surges and voltage spikes cause damage each and every time, although most often the equipment carries on working. Eventually, the equipment will fail.
  • Have to use more manual labour, as they cannot use electronic equipment. This will not be as efficient and will take longer to complete the project, as well as being more expensive.

In closing, make yourself aware of load shedding schedules, and take power outages into account when pricing and planning for your project. Look at the history of load shedding in the country to determine the risk of any unplanned or unscheduled outages. Consult with the electricity provider to determine their short term and long term upgrade and maintenance plans for their power network.

 

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Featured Tender: Consultancy Services for Review of Feasibility Study, Preparation of Detailed Design and Tender Documents of the Proposed Pesi Dam Water Supply Project

Featured Tender: Kenya

Contract Number:

CRVWWDA/PESI/C/DAM/1/2019-2020 (Expression of Interest) – Central Rift Valley Water Works Development Agency

Description:

Central Rift Valley Water Works Development Agency was established under Water Act 2016, as an autonomous agency reporting to the Ministry of Water & Sanitation and Irrigation. The Agency was created to improve delivery of water services within areas of its jurisdiction which include Baringo, Laikipia, Nakuru, Narok and Nyandarua Counties mainly through construction of National Bulk Water and Sewerage Works. The primary objective of Pesi Dam Water Supply Project is to provide a reliable and sustainable water supply to Nyahururu Town, Ol Kalou, Ol Joro Olok, Ndaragwa, Mairo Inya, Karampton and other needy areas within the project areas. Kenya Water Security and Climate Resilience Project – Phase 1 Preparation of a National Water Infrastructure Investment Pipeline (NWIIP), Feasibility Study for Malewa Dam and Water Supply to Ol Kalou, Naivasha and Gilgil Towns in Nyandarua and Nakuru Counties Feasibility Study of Water Supply to Ol Kalou Town by EGIS – EAU in September 2019. The Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation through Central Rift Valley Water Works Development Agency intends to identify a suitable Consultancy firm to undertake the Review of the Feasibility Study, Carry out the Detailed Design and Prepare Tender Document for the water supply system for the proposed project area. Scope of works: (i) Review the Feasibility study of the dam and water supply system; ((ii) Carry out Hydrological study, Geological and Geotechnical Studies of the selected 2 dam sites and based on the results of the study, select the most suitable dam site; (iii) Carry out detailed Dam Design including spillway and Intake structure and other ancillary works based on the existing feasibility study; (iv) Prepare Dam Safety Plans / Report; (v) Carry out route survey, preliminary and detailed design of water transmission pipeline from the treatment plant to supply areas; (vii) Carry out Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and assist the Client to acquire the Licence; (viii) Prepare the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) and Valuation Report of Project Affected Persons / Institutions for areas affected by the Project and assist the Client in the Implementation of the RAP; (ix) Prepare Tender Documents; (x) Assist the Client in evaluation of the Tenders to Procure Contractor; and (xi) Prepare the Terms of Reference for Supervision Phase. The Central Rift Valley Water Works Development Agency hereby invites eligible Consultancy firms to indicate their interest for Consultancy Services.

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Kenya No Details
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Featured Tender: Feasibility Study for Development of Glass Bridge at the Top of the Falls within Murchison Fall National Park

Featured Tender: Feasibility Study for Development of Glass Bridge at the Top of the Falls within Murchison Fall National Park

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UWA/SRVS/2019-20/00210 – Uganda Wildlife Authority

Description:

Uganda Wildlife Authority invites sealed bids from Eligible bidders for Feasibility Study for Development of Glass Bridge at the Top of the Falls within Murchison Fall National Park.

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Uganda No Details
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Featured Tender: Upgrade of the Electricity Company of Ghana Limited (ECG) Data Center & Communication Network

Upgrade of the Electricity Company of Ghana Limited (ECG) Data Center & Communication Network

Supply, Install or Replacement of High Voltage and Medium Voltage Equipment in Various Substations

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5120400-01/IFB/CB/11/18 – Millennium Development Authority (MiDA)

Description:

Upgrade of the Electricity Company of Ghana Limited (ECG) Data Center & Communication Network

Category Industry
Consultants Power Grid
Institution
Region Site Inspection
Ghana 2018-12-11 10:00 AM
Closing Date Contract Period
15 February 2019 at 15:00 (Local Time) This contract will extend beyond the implementation period of the Compact (which closes on September 6, 2021) and the GoG in accordance with the terms of the Compact and the Program Implementation Agreement (PIA) will undertake the commitments subscribed to in this contract after the end of the Compact.

 

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Why Insurance is vital for the Building Industry

Why Insurance is vital for the Building Industry

Did you know that 3% of construction workers sustain a work-related injury each year? – and these stats are just the ones that actually get reported?

In 2015/2016 a total of 43 workers were fatally injured in the construction sector!

You shouldn’t cut corners with any type of insurance but when it comes down to construction insurance, you really can’t afford to make mistakes.

When you have been awarded a contract, before you start on site you need ask yourself the following questions:

  • What if something happens?
  • Do you have enough money to cover for any loss or injury?
  • Will you be able to sustain your business if you have a huge outlay?

Being in the construction industry is a very risky business, it is unpredictable with regards to weather, machinery and the foundation you are working on.

Size doesn’t matter – Some people may think that only large national firms need construction insurance, but even if you are a small company, accidents do occur. Being careless with a blow torch could result in an accidental fire that causes hundreds of thousands of rands damage and you need to be covered.
Larger companies would be able to possibly absorb the loss of income but small companies more than likely need assistance.

If you do not have cover, some customers may not select you to do the work, as it is too much of a risk for them to use your company. They would rather use a company that is covered by insurance. So by being covered may give you more opportunities.

So in closing, if you are not covered for insurance, big or small, get covered!

 

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Featured Tender: Construction of Bulk Earthworks and Bulk Services

Construction of Bulk Earthworks and Bulk Services

Bulk Earthworks

Contract Number:

57Q/2018/19 – City of Cape Town

Description:

Tenders are invited to bid on the Construction of Bulk Earthworks and Bulk Services: Coastal Park Integrated Waste Management Facility, City of Cape Town.

 

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Water
Institutional
Region Site Inspection
Western Cape 2018-09-17 10:00 AM
Closing Date Contract Period
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Featured Tender: Consultancy Services for Preparation of RAP VMGP ESIA for Transmission Lines Package 3 Machakos Mwala Salala Malindi Kilifi and Substation Extensions Kyeni Mwingi Malindi

Consultancy Services for Preparation of RAP VMGP ESIA for Transmission Lines Package 3 Machakos Mwala Salala Malindi Kilifi and Substation Extensions Kyeni Mwingi Malindi

Consultancy Services

Contract Number:

KE-KETRACO-66986-CS-QCBS – Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (Ketraco)

Description:

The Government of Kenya has has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Eastern Electricity Highway Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for the above-mentioned consulting services. The consulting services (“the Services”) include: Carry out detailed Social Impact studies (Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) and Vulnerable and Marginalised Groups Plan (VMGP for each of the proposed transmission lines, Carry out detailed Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the proposed transmission lines, The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (KETRACO) now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. REoI is invited for all the three assignments simultaneously. Firms may express interest for any one or multiple of the packages. Short listing will be prepared for each package.

 

Category Industries
 

Consultants

 

Power Grid
Institutional
Region Site Inspection
Kenya N/A
Closing Date Restrictions
17 July 2018 at 10:00 (Local Time) Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. This may be demonstrated in the form of brochures, description of similar assignments undertaken, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate technical and managerial skills, institutional financial and technical capability…. etc.).. Applicant Firm’s valid professional licence or registration documents or equivalent is also to be submitted with the EoI. The shortlisting criteria are, among others:· Applicant firms’ competence and capability in terms of technical and managerial strength, overall technical experts’ size and mix, financial and institutional strength and good track record in the area of subject consultancy assignment; Satisfactory completion of at least two (2) RAPs for High voltage overhead transmission lines, linear project or large scale infrastructure project that met the requirements of an International Financial Institution within the last eight (8) years preferably in Kenya or in any country of similar social, economic and environmental settings, firms that will demonstrate experience in conducting at least one VMGP will have an added advantage (Relevant completion certificates and/or letters of recommendation from clients MUST be provided). Satisfactory completion of at least two (2) Environmental and social impact assessment studies for high voltage overhead transmission lines, linear project or large scale infrastructure project that met the requirements of an International Financial Institution within the last 8 (eight) years preferably in Kenya or in any country of similar social, economic and environmental settings (Relevant completion certificates and/or letters of recommendation from clients MUST be provided), Relevance of the Firm’s core business area to the assignment including general experience in the consultancy services and implementing Social and Environmental Safeguard standards. Firms that have adequate experience in either Environmental safeguards or Social safeguards but do not meet experience requirements for both, may apply as a joint venture (JV) applicant. At this stage, letter of intent for JV formation or MoU is sufficient for EoI as a JV. Formal JV agreement will be required to be submitted together with the proposals, in case the applicant is short listed and invited for proposals. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits and Grants by World Bank January 2011 (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest. As indicated above, Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub consultancy to enhance their qualifications.

 

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Featured Tender: Development of the proposed Office Building at Nduli Nature Reserve

Development of the proposed Office Building at Nduli Nature Reserve

Nduli Nature Reserve

Contract Number:

03/FY/19 – Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency – Re-Advertisement

Description:

The Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency hereby invites bids for the following projects: Development of the proposed Office Building at Nduli Nature Reserve.

 

Category Industries
Building Hospitality & Leisure
Institutional
Office & Commercial
Region Site Inspection
Eastern Cape 2018-05-10 11:00 AM
Closing Date Restrictions
24 May 2018 at 11:00 Evaluation Criteria: Stage 1: Responsiveness; Stage 2: Local Content; Stage 3: Functionality; Stage 4: Price 80, BBBEE 20; Stage 5: Risk Assessments. CIDB Grading: 4GB/ 4GBPE only.

 

 

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