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 11 Sep 2019

Whether you have already worked with, or are simply planning to work with, the African Development Bank, knowing who the donor’s top contractors are always comes in handy. Here is the latest information on AfDB’s top contractors based on the results from the 2013-2018 fiscal years.

AfDB’s portfolio

Between 2013 and 2018, the African Development Bank committed more than 16 billion USD to development projects. The bank reached the peak amount it disbursed for contracts in 2017 with more than 3.5 billion USD invested in projects across the African continent, as well as overseas. In 2018, the investment dropped by almost 1 billion to a total of 2.7 billion USD.

Over the past five years, the priority sectors for AfDB have remained infrastructure-related. Thus, the transport sector has benefited the most, with almost 7 billion USD invested in projects. The power sector follows with just over 3 billion USD, while the water supply and sanitation sector saw 2.7 billion USD disbursed. Agriculture is also among the top sectors that AfDB has invested in the most since 2013 with 1.8 billion USD worth of investment. The majority of top contractors are Chinese companies, showing a significant shift in international development projects by the AfDB.

Sinohydro Corporation Ltd, China

Sinohydro Corporation Ltd is at the top of the AfDB contractors’ list, having been awarded more than 716 million USD since 2013. The company engages in architectural projects, electric power investment, research and development and the design and manufacture of construction equipment. It provides investment, project financing and consultancy and construction services. The company also engages in the manufacture and installation of mechanical and electrical plants. It trades in water conservancy, power generation, expressways, railways, harbors and sea-routes, airports, municipal public utilities and building industries. The latest project awarded to Sinohydro is the Rehabilitation, Upgrade and Expansion of Sewerage Infrastructure under AfDB Component of the Lusaka Sanitation Program, in Zambia.

China Henan International Corporation Group Co. Ltd

China Henan International Cooperation Group Co., Ltd. (CHICO) has been awarded 539 million USD in projects over the past five years. The main business of the company is contracting international engineering projects, consulting services for international projects, international human resource cooperation and exchange, mining development and agricultural investment as well as undertaking infrastructural projects in overseas countries aided financially by the Chinese Government. One of the biggest projects awarded to China Henan International is the Mozambique – Niassa Provincial Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Project.

China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC)

China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltdwhich was awarded just over 400 million USD, covers housing construction, international contracting, real estate development and investment, infrastructure construction and investment, prospecting and design. The latest project the company has worked on is the Civil works for upgrading Bumbobi – Lwakhakha road to Bituminous standard in Uganda.

China Railway Seventh (7th) Group Co. Ltd

The main business scope of the China Railway Seventh Group Corporation(CRSG)which was awarded more than 350 million USD, relates to the following areas: civil works, the construction of roads, railways, bridges, tunnels, civil transport systems, hydro electrical works and works tendered for both domestically and internationally, the importation and exportation of equipment and materials for the above-mentioned projects and the installation of piping systems and of equipment as well as other works in the civil engineering and roads and bridges sectors. The latest involvement reference for the company is the Ethiopia Integrated Transport Program Phase I (Jimma – Chida & Sodo – Sawla Road Upgrading Project): Construction Works for Sodo – Dinke, Lot 2.

China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd

CHEC is a provider of the full range of services in Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC), Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) and Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) for both the public and private sectors. The company’s infrastructure portfolio includes marine engineering, dredging and reclamation, roads and bridges, railways, airports and equipment assembly. CHEC also has expertise and experience in industries such as building, municipal works, environmental, hydraulic engineering, power plant and energy and resource exploration. In 2013, the company was awarded “The New Port of Walvis Bay Container Terminal Project” in Namibia which involved the construction of an extension to Namibia’s largest commercial port.

ACWA Power

ACWA Power is a developer, investor, co-owner and operator of a portfolio of power generation and desalinated water production plants with a presence in 10 countries including the Middle East, North Africa, Southern Africa and South East Asia regions. ACWA Power can generate more than 22 GW of power and produce 2.5 million m3/day of desalinated water to be delivered on a bulk basis to state utilities and industrial majors on long term off-take contracts under Public-Private-Partnership, Concession and Utility Services Outsourcing models (BOO/BOOT). Its energy portfolio includes efficient combined cycle power plants, solar (Photovoltaic PV) and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), geothermal, wind, waste-to-energy (WtE) and coal pollution mitigation. One of the latest projects implemented by ACWA Power is Ouarzazate Solar Complex Project in Morocco.

Joint Venture VINCI Construction – Andritz Hydro GmbH

This French-Austrian joint venture has been awarded more than 200 million USD since 2013. VINCI Construction Grands Projets designs and builds major civil engineering structures and buildings, while Andritz Hydro GmbH – Austria is a leading global supplier of plant, equipment and services for hydropower stations, metal casting and the steel industry, as well as solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors. The latest project awarded to this joint venture is Etudes d’exécution, Réalisation du génie-civil, Fourniture du matériel et des équipements, Transport, Montage, Essais et Mise en Service de la Station de Transfert d’Energie par Pompage (STEP) Abdelmoumen in Morocco.



Learn more about potential partner companies and organizations who are active AfDB contractors by following DevelopmentAid’s Organisations database. If you want to follow their project references, the References section contains comprehensive information on the awarded and shortlisted companies. You can also keep track of newly announced AfDB tenders and grants in our Funding section.

SOURCE: Development Aid!/news-stream/post/49462/afdb-top-contractors