Chinese bidders rule the roost

Most of the companies that participated in the pre-qualification process for the construction of the airport freeway and the Kranzberg-Walvis Bay railway, are from China.

29 October 2018 | Infrastructure

Yolanda Nel - Of the 32 bids received in the pre-qualification round for the construction of Trunk Road 9/1 from Windhoek to Hosea Kutako international airport (HKIA) Phase 2, two thirds are Chinese or joint ventures with Chinese companies.

According to the Tender Bulletin of 19 – 25 October, of all the bids, 20 are Chinese, with five Namibian joint ventures with either Italian, Chinese or South African companies.

Other bids were received from India, Angola and Spain.

The work of phase 2A entails the construction from the Sam Nujoma interchange to the Dordabis interchange.

It is a continuation to realize full functionality once the total stretch between Windhoek and the inter-national airport has been complete.

This phase includes the con-

struction of bridges, separated interchanges, requisite fill and layer works, drainage works, installation of road furniture as well as signage and road marking.

The invitation for pre-qualification closed on 12 October and the Roads Authority (RA) expects that the Invitation for Bids will be made in November this year.

This newspaper's sister publication, Republikein, reported earlier this week that the total cost for all three phases of the freeway between Windhoek and the airport will be N$2.7 billion.

In another pre-qualification round to upgrade the Walvis Bay – Kranzberg railway line, more than half of the 20 tenderers are Chinese or joint ventures with Chinese companies. Of the 11 Chinese tenders, only two are joint ventures with Namibian companies.

Two other Namibian joint ventures are with Italy and South Africa.

Other tenders were received from Turkey, Austria and South Africa.

The ministry of works and transport received financing from the African Development Bank (AfDB), through the

ministry of finance to work on these projects.

Following the Construction Industries Federation of Namibia (CIF) comments that current procurement and tenders requirements are very strict, the conditions were somewhat eased.

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