Africa Construction Côte d'Ivoire Mozambique

Portuguese Mota-Engil seals €171M construction deals in Mozambique, Côte d’Ivoire

Mota-Engil, a Portugal-based construction and engineering company, has signed contracts to build a football stadium and a new covered market in Côte d’Ivoire and another associated with a liquefied natural gas project in Mozambique, for a total value of €171M, it announced.

In Mozambique, Mota-Engil said in a statement, that it had signed a contract worth US$51M (€43M) with the CCS JV consortium for the construction of a set of 12 buildings, two of which are of reinforced concrete and the rest with metal structures and reinforced concrete foundations.

CCS JV is an Italy-based joint venture set up by its main shareholder, Saipem, an oilfield services company also based in Italy, to engineer and build an onshore LNG complex.

The buildings in question, Mota-Engil explained, are to be used for the main activities of the future complex, such as the control centre, telecommunications, security and firefighters, training building, and warehouse space, as well as a control tower for the seaport.

Following the award of the first major contract announced in April 2020, which includes the construction under the aegis of the consortium of a US$365M wharf and unloading platform, “the development project for exploration of Area 1 of the LNG project has been gaining increasing investment traction [and is set] to place Mozambique among the world’s biggest gas producers at the end of this decade,” the Mota-Engil statement noted.

In Côte d’Ivoire, the company said that the planned new Grand Marché de Bouaké will be the largest covered market in West Africa and that the contract is for 24 months’ work and is worth €43.8M.

“The project includes the construction of commercial spaces and service and support areas, with a total market area of 86,000 m2, representing at the end of the work and the conclusion of the two lots the largest covered market in the West African region,” the company said, adding that it was to be “built on almost nine hectares and with more than 8,000 points of sale.”

The project is being financed by a European multilateral institution, the company said.

Mota-Engil said that it had also signed a €84.4M contract with the same country’s Ministry of Sports to revamp and expand a football stadium.

“As part of the organisation of the African Cup of Nations CAN 2023, Côte d’Ivoire has launched a restricted tender to carry out design studies and rehabilitation work on the Félix Houphouët-Boigny stadium in the capital, Abidjan, and Mota-Engil has been selected to carry out the work over the next 24 months,” the company said, adding that it had secured funding for the client from a pan-African multilateral institution.

“The stadium will be fully covered and the rehabilitation of the existing structure will allow for the extension to a capacity of 33,000 seats in order to ensure compliance with the latest requirements issued by CAF and FIFA for the CAN 2023 tenders,” it said.

Source: Lusa via Club of Mozambique

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