South Africa Issues Update On Road Widening Programme
Projects earmarked for the stimulus package will be funded from the existing budget, with R50bn (£2.7bn) already identified by the government for infrastructure projects nationally. Sanral’s allocation from the total stimulus package is some R3.5bn, which will be used to initiate the SIP2 projects over the next two years.
The first N2/N3 construction package is now expected to be awarded by the end of 2019. The upgrades will include the widening of the N2 and N3 carriageways to provide four or five lanes in each direction and the reconfiguration of most major interchanges along the sections of route. The upgrades of the N2 and N3 in KwaZulu-Natal form part of a package of the national government’s key strategic projects, SIP2.
The upgrade of the N2 will focus on a 55km length of the route, from Lovu River on the South Coast, to Umdloti on the North Coast. The N3 upgrade will focus on an 80km section from Durban to Pietermaritzburg.
Upgrading of the N2 and N3 is expected to take between five to eight years. President Cyril Ramaphosa recently introduced a stimulus package as a new measure “to reignite growth, stimulate economic recovery and secure confidence in sectors affected by regulatory uncertainty and inconsistency”.
Two N2 project packages and five N3 project packages, identified as critical areas, have been allocated stimulus funding.
EDF Team Wins Mega Moroccan Solar Scheme
The team will be responsible for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the multi-technology plant. The hybrid plant, which will have an installed capacity of 800MW, with use concentrated solar power (CSP) and photovoltaic (PV) technologies in a hybrid approach that is claimed to be a world first.
The combined operation of the two technologies is designed to increase the plant’s output to produce electricity for the Moroccan grid until five hours after sunset. In late 2017, the African Development Bank approved a US$265m (£210m) loan to help develop the first and second phases of the solar project. It put the total cost at €2.048 billion.
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