Kenya Leads in Infrastructure Construction in East Africa

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Kenya leads other countries in East Africa in terms of infrastructure construction, with 11 huge projects that are worth $7.9 billion, accounting for 25.6% of the region’s total investments.

According to the “Deloitte Africa Construction Trends Report for 2016”, the top four projects in the country include the Standard Gauge Railway, the Tatu City Project, the Lamu Port, and the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project (LTWP).

The LTWP is the single largest private investment made in the country. Upon completion, it will supply around 310mW of power to the grid, which is estimated to be 18% of the country’s installed capacity.

In his speech during the launch of the report, capital project leader John –Pierre Labuschagne commented on the size of infrastructure construction in the region. He said:

“With 43 projects valued at $27.4 billion (Sh2.8 trillion), East Africa – which includes Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda – is home to 15 per cent of construction projects in Africa.”

Of all the energy and power projects in the region, the Ethiopian Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is the largest, eventually generating 6,000mW of power by 2025.