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Jordan, Al Wehda Dam - jo/12

Irrigation and Water Supply

The Jordan Valley Authority has awarded to Turkish contractor í–zaltin the construction of the $86 million Al Wehda dam in the northern Jordanian region of Maqaren on the Yarmuk River, which flows from Syria into Jordan. Associated works include a 2 x 600 m tunnel, 3.5 m in diameter, to be driven in limestone. The final lining will consist of a 40 cm-thick layer. Construction to begin in June and last 30 months. Jordan will finance the project thanks to loans from the Abu Dhabi Development Fund and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development. Visit www.ozaltin.com.tr 16/03.


Jordan, El Shidiya - jo/11


Contract award to consortium of Raytheon and Wisconsin Central to run freight railway line on behalf of government. Agreement involves construction of two extensions in order to connect the fertiliser factory near one end of the Aquaba line with the El Shidiya phosphate mine. Two tunnels with a total length of 1 km will be needed. Systra is conducting feasibility study in association with local consultants. November 1999.



Kazakhstan, Almaty - kz/11


  SNC-Lavalin of Canada in association with Guris of Turkey supported by the Canadian International Development Agency delineating capital city metro project, preparing preliminary designs, and establishing cost and financing strategies. May 1996.  Construction to resume after six-year delay due to lack of funds. Some 7 km of tunnels bored in the late-1980s will be part of design study which is funded in part by Canadian IDA. September 1997.



Kenya, Nyanza Province - ke/11


Breakthrough reported on the 6.3 km tunnel, 4.2 m in diameter, part of Phase 1 of the Sondu-Miriu Hydroelectricity Generation Project. Construction started in March, 1999 by a jv of Konoike, Veidekke, and Murray & Roberts for completion in March, 2003. Design and supervision by Nippon Koei Co. Ltd. Phase 2 planned to resume in January, 2002 after funding agreement was signed with the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation. Visit www.kengen.co.ke/sondu 51/01.



Kuwait, Kuwait City - kw/11


  Greenline (Lebanon) and Kuwaiti Brueckner Construction using numerous Herrenknecht AVN machines from 500 mm to 1,200 mm to drive up to 1 km/month on different projects. Contact through www.herrenknecht.com April 2000.



Kyrgyzstan, Taldyk Pass - kg/11


A 2,000 m tunnel alternative under the Taldyk Pass at an altitude of 3,000 metres is under study by Finnroad as part of the improvement of the Silk Road between Osh and Erkesh Tam. The tunnel will not be feasible before the volume of traffic is sufficient. It would be a single tube, 11 m-wide including pedestrian sideways. Expected geology is limestone. Drill/blast method. Support with rockbolts, shotcrete and steel arches, if needed. The timing of the project depends on political decisions yet to be made by China, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Excavation is roughly estimated at $20 million. Financing by loans from Chinese international financial institutions. The client will be the Kyrgyz ministry of transport and communications. Visit www.finnroad.fi 07/02.



Laos, Bolikhamxai and Khammouan Provinces - la/11


Completion of first project on the Nam Theun river, largest tributary of the Mekong river. Located 100 km above the confluence. 210 MW power station and headstocks are above ground. Recchi-CMC, a consortium of Italian construction companies, excavated 5.5 km-long, 45 sq m-section low pressure headrace tunnel between the upper Nam Theun and the lower Nam Hinboun reservoirs where the difference in elevation is 240 m. Tunnel will transfer 110 cu m/sec of water. Three identical 12 m-long self-propelled steel forms with hydraulic winches to enable the equipment to tackle 14 % gradients were supplied by CIFA Spa along with 5 cu m concrete mixers mounted on Astra 4WD dumpers and trailer-mounted concrete pumps. Average 28 m/day of lining completed over five-month period. Visit www.cifa.com for more information. December 1999.CMC signed a EUR180 million construction contract for the Theun Hinboun expansion project. The project is the expansion from 220 to 440 MW of the installed capacity of the existing hydroelectric power plant originally built by Recchi-CMC JV in 1995-1998. The contract has been awarded by Theun Hinboun Power Company Ltd, owner and operator of the existing power plant and co-owned by Electricité du Laos (60%), Statkraft, the Norvegian state-owned utility (20%) and GMS Power of Thailand (20%). CMC is responsible for the design and construction of all civil works included the hydromechanical equipment. Design consultants will be Coyne et Bellier of France and Lombardi of Switzerland. The completion of the works is scheduled after 40 months. Visit www.cmc.coop, www.coyne-et-bellier.fr and www.lombardi.chThe expansion includes a 65 m-high regulating dam, about 20 km upstream of the existing Theun Hinboun weir; a new water intake and a second concrete lined headrace tunnel, 5,500 m long with internal diameter of 6.5 m, running parallel to the existing tunnel; a 1 km steel penstock with diameter ranging from 5.3 to 5.8 m; and a new power station, with one Francis 220 MW turbine. 38/08.Sweco has been contracted to act as the owner's engineer on behalf of Theun Hinboun Power Corporation (THPC) during the implementation of the Theun Hinboun expansion project. The contract, worth over EUR5 million, includes design review, contract management and construction supervision. Expertise to be provided by Sweco includes all traditional hydropower engineering disciplines such as civil and structural engineering, hydrology, geology, geo-technology, dam engineering, mechanical engineering, turbine engineering, electrical engineering including transmission, and distribution. The civil works include construction of a 70 m-high RCC dam, a 6 km-long TBM-driven headrace tunnel, two separate power stations (220 MW and 60 MW) and two separate transmission lines. Click la/11. Visit www.sweco.se 40/08.


CMC (Ravenna), engineering consultants for the Theun Hinboun project, have awarded the precast segment mould contract to Euroform Srl, a subsidiary of Herrenknecht located in Gessate, Milan. Euroform will supply in June, 2009 four sets of wheeled vibrated moulds and a segment production carousel. Each precast concrete ring comprises six segments, with the invert segment incorporating the housing for the TBM back-up rails. Each ring is 1.6 m-wide with 6.9 m ID and 7.46 m OD. The carousel will produce 4-5 segments/hour.Visit www.cmc.coop, www.euroformsrl.it and www.herrenknecht.com 13/09.



Latvia, Riga - lv/12

District Heating

Invitation to tender by negotiated procedure, deadline 06.02.2009, for construction of district heating mains in Ventspils, including tunnel beneath Venty river. Tenders or requests to participate should be sent to Ieva Uluka in Riga, tel +371 670 26402, e-mail ieva.uluka@vidm.gov.lvhttp://ted.europa.eu/udl?request=Seek-Deliver&language=en&docid=849-2009 02/09.


Latvia, Riga - lv/11

Marine Highway

$150 million finance sought for three-lane, twin-tube tunnel beneath Daugava river between Daugavgrivas Street and Ganibu Street, to be completed 2005. Try www.britain.lv 22/01.



Lebanon, Mount Lebanon Governorate - lb/13


The Government of Lebanon (GoL) intends to build an Expressway from Khaldeh to Nahr Ibrahim on a PPP basis. Total length of the expressway is 38 km divided into a tunnel section of 12 km and a dual 3-4 lane expressway of total length approximately 20 km, Interchanges, service roads and bridges.  GoL might consider splitting the execution of this expressway into different standalone sections for ease of implementation and for securing the funds for the expropriation.

Starts at the town of Khaldeh South of the city of Beirut and heads northward through Choueifat, Hadath, Hazmieh, then Dikwaneh, Baouchrieh, Jal El dib, Antelias before it connects to the existing Northern Highway at Dbayeh north of Beirut. A new tunnel from Dbayeh to Nahr Ibrahim.

Project timeline:  Due diligence completed - March 2019,  Launching the tendering process - March 2020, Contract Award - September 2020. Contact HCP (High Council for Privatization and PPP), attn. Ms. Diala Chaar, email dchaar@hcp.gov.lb or CDR (Council for Development and Recostruction), attn Mr Elie Helou, email  elieh@cdr.gov.lb. Visit http://hcp.gov.lb/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/NAHR-IBRAHIM-EXPRESSWAY.pdf. 11/18.