R/€ = 15.16
R/$ = 13.33
Au 1156.21 $/oz
Pt 986.00 $/oz
Jun 23, 2006
$2,5bn facelift on cards for Bay of LuandaBack
© Reuse this The Bay of Luanda, in Angola, is set to be revamped with a $2,5-billion facelift that will include the environmental cleansing of the bay and reclamation of new public land, as well as the upgrading and development of services along the shoreline.
The restoration of the shoreline, or Marginal, will be the first step towards the “renaissance of the city”, says Vela VKE executive director Thomas Marshall.
With technical input from South African consulting companies Vela VKE and Prestedge, Retief, Dresner & Wijnberg, the heavily-polluted bay, which is the result of 25 years of sewage runoff and solid-waste pollution, will undergo extensive dredging to remove the sediment accumulation in the shallower portion of the bay.
The dredged material will be used to reclaim seven parcels of land around the bay and will include extending the shoreline along the Marginal to create public open spaces.
Additionally, reclaimed land will be used to provide better infrastructure and create development opportunities along the Marginal. These will offer space for private residential, retail and commercial developments overlooking the bay.
Traffic congestion in the area will also benefit from the reclaimed land. The design of the road infrastructure along the new Marginal has taken these concerns, as well as the future growth of the area, the potential for increased traffic and the provision for future public transport corridors, into account.
The first phase of the anticipated seven-year project, the public-works phase, will include the environmental clean-up, public-infrastructure development, land reclamation and development. Of the initial three main contracts, the dred- ging contract is currently out to tender and applications close at the end of this month. The contract is due to be awarded in the second week of July, with completion planned for December. The civil landside tender will close in November. Once the tender is awarded in mid-December, mobilisation is expected in January. This will coincide with the main dredging activities, which will be awarded in October, following tender applications, which open next month.
Completion of the $125-million public-works phase of the project is planned for the end of 2008.
Marshall emphasises the special attention that is being given to the environmental aspects of the project. The environmental-management plan will be monitored by specialist South African firm Coastal & Environmental Services.
In addition to South African environmental scientists being brought in to carry out extensive marine-ecology studies, disposal of pollutants from the bay will be carried out under strictly controlled conditions. Pollutants will be disposed of further out to sea and dispersed in such a way as to limit their impact on marine life. The removal of the silt will employ the use of silt curtains to avoid dispersal within the bay.
The consultants have used hydrodynamic model- ling to identify the effects of pollution and to map out future pollution scenarios. As a result, the improvement of the bay will include the dredging of a 100-m-wide channel around the bay to dilute potential pollutant spillages and to provide for a future marine public-transport system.
Social considerations have also featured in the project planning. The clean-up of the bay will improve the marine environment and will have a positive impact on the subsistence fishermen who depend on the bay for their livelihoods.
Marshall says that “getting private funding on board was one of the biggest hurdles facing the project”.
While the Angolan government supports the project, it will be difficult to justify the expenses that the project will incur in comparison to the other, more pressing, priorities that are depen- dent on State funding, such as food, basic services, education and healthcare provision.
As a result, the project is being financed privately, in return for long-term land-occupation concession grants from the Angolan government. Financiers will develop or sell the rights to the new land parcels being established.
Edited by: Laura Tyrer© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Construction News
Updated 26 minutes ago Between January and June this year, wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants contributed 2% of the 114.1 TWh of electricity sent to the national grid, a material scale up from the position of previous years. Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)...
Updated 32 minutes ago A short drive west of Johannesburg on the edge of a fading bohemian high street stands 27 Boxes, a mosaic-coloured retail centre built entirely of old shipping containers. Opened in August, it consists of twenty-seven iron containers stacked Lego-like into three...
Updated 7 minutes ago International private equity has become the fastest growing source of investment in sub-Saharan Africa but better risk management tools and a way to develop whole sectors was needed to make sure benefits are spread more widely, a study found. In recent years,...
Updated 7 minutes ago The global steel industry is settling in for a period of low growth after China’s slowdown brought an end to a major growth cycle, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) said this week. Following growth of 0.7% in 2014, worldsteel’s latest Short Range Outlook (SRO)...
Updated 34 minutes ago Between January and June this year, wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants contributed 2% of the 114.1 TWh of electricity sent to the national grid, a material scale up from the position of previous years. Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)...
Recent Research Reports
Input Sector Review: Pumps 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2015 Input Sector Review on Pumps provides an overview of South Africa’s pumps industry with particular focus on pump manufacture and supply, aftermarket services, marketing strategies, local and export demand, imports, sector support, investment...
Liquid Fuels 2015: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2015 Report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment; oil and gas exploration; fuel pricing; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; the logistics of transporting liquid fuels; and...
Road and Rail 2015: A review of South Africa's road and rail sectors (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2015 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail infrastructure and network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and...
Defence 2015: A review of South Africa's defence sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Coal 2015 report examines South Africa’s coal industry with regards to the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local demand, export sales and coal logistics, projects being undertaken by the large and smaller participants in the...
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book comprises separate reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
This Week's Magazine
At the sixth IQ Business conference held in Sandton last month, a panel of business leaders and academics advocated that business reclaims the initiative to spur growth in South Africa amid fragmented and haphazard political direction. Management consulting firm IQ...
The building industry is an essential component of the South African economy as it contributes about 15% to the gross fixed investment that drives the economy. However, with the country’s economy going through a tough time currently, this, in turn, reflects on the...
The recipients of the 2015 South African National Energy Association (Sanea)/South African National Energy Development Institute Energy (Sanedi) Awards were announced at a ceremony and banquet in Sandton last month. Sanea chairperson Brian Statham named Exxaro CEO...
As South African information technology (IT) firm EOH posted another full year of strong growth, CEO Asher Bohbot, known for his frank words, people-centric management style and stoic humanism, attributed the company’s continued South African and African growth to...
International heavy-equipment engine manufacturer Cummins’ regional distribution centre (RDC) in Woodmead, Gauteng, has halved the average logistics distribution time for clients in Southern Africa and allowed for critical or long-lead stock to be kept closer to...