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10 Bidders Prequalified for Delayed $2.2b Bridge Project

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Ten bidders, including five Chinese companies and joint ventures, have been prequalified for a $2.2 billion bridge construction project in Nigeria’s Lagos state. The 38km-long bridge will be the fourth to connect Lagos island to the Lagos state mainland.

A statement by the Lagos state government says the prequalified bidders are among the 32 that had expressed interest in the development of the post-tensioned balanced cantilever segmental box girder structure under a build, operate and transfer contract.

The prequalified bidders include China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Nigeria, a joint venture between China Gezhouba Group and the China Geo-Engineering Corporation; China Harbour Engineering; China State Construction Engineering Corporation Nigeria; Power Construction Corporation of China Communications Construction; China Communications Construction; Mota-Engil of Portugal; IC Ictas of Turkey; Ingenieros Consultores of Spain; Julius Berger of Germany; and Mutual Commitment Company of Nigeria.

It hasn’t been confirmed when construction on the proposed bridge project, which was initially announced in 2006 and is to be financed under a public-private partnership, will begin. It was initially slated to commence construction in 2017 and be completed in 2019, but it has been delayed because of unresolved issues on the resettlement of properties and settlements along the project route.

The bridge, “will reduce Lagos congestion and relieve the strain on the existing 3rd Mainland bridge by providing an alternative route,” said Rendel Ltd. in a project brief. Rendel previously signed a collaborative agreement with Nigeria to design the bridge.

Other smaller bridges linking Lagos island to Lagos State mainland include the 1.35km long Eko bridge built by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc and the 1901 Carter bridge.

The 4th Mainland bridge is located on the tolled 49km-long Lekk-Epe expressway with a speed limit of 120 km per hour. The expressway has annual average daily traffic (ADT) of 397,000 with the new bridge expected to carry up to 75% of the traffic.

When completed, the 4th mainland bridge will be part of the larger Lagos State Strategic Transport Master Plan and National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan that Nigeria is banking on to raise the contribution of the country’s infrastructure to the national economic growth to at least 70% from the current 25%.

Credit: Engineering News-Record

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