Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit highway project to receive US$150m in arm

The Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit highway development project is set to receive a US$150 million bullet in the arm. This is after the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group approved the funds in Kenya to support the project. The funds were approved under the East African country’s government’s First Mover public-private partnership (PPP) program.

The funds will come from the Bank Group’s non-sovereign operations lending window. They are part of an IFD tranche to Rift Valley Highways Limited. The latter is a special purpose vehicle incorporated in Kenya to oversee the implementation of the Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit highway development project. It is 100% owned by the VINCI group and Meridiam Infrastructure Africa Fund.

Overview of the Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit Expressway Development Project

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The project aims to develop the road linking the capital Nairobi to the towns of Naivasha, Nakuru and Mau Summit. As part of the project, the existing 175 km A8 road from Rironi to Mau Summit will be transformed into a four-lane carriageway. The 57.8 km dual carriageway A8 South from Rironi to Naivasha will be reinforced and maintained for 30 years.

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The Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit highway is part of the Northern Corridor. The latter is used in the transport of goods and passengers from the port city of Mombasa and the capital Nairobi. The western counties of Kenya and the landlocked countries of Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are the main beneficiaries of this road corridor.

Rift Valley Highway Limited, a French consortium consisting of Vinci Highways SAS, Meridian Infrastructure Africa Fund and Vinci Concessions SAS, has been awarded the project contract by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA). The road project will be carried out on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) basis. This will see the private sector raise funds for the project, as well as design, build, maintain and operate the road to previously agreed standards and specifications.

The Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit highway project is expected to take around three years to complete and cost around US$1.4 billion. When completed, the road is expected to significantly reduce travel time between Nairobi and Mau Summit. It will also significantly reduce traffic congestion on the road.

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March 2019

Kenya to announce contractor for US$2 billion Mau highway

The Government of Kenya, through the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), is set to announce the successful bidder for the construction of the US$2 billion Mau Highway, nearly 2 years after launched a call for tenders for the project. KeNHA chief executive Peter Mundinia disclosed the reports and said they were finalizing the assessments and would make an announcement soon.

“We pre-selected four companies, but only received offers from two of them. These were Egyptian, South African, French and Portuguese companies. We will choose one preferred bidder and the other as a reserve in case the other withdraws,” said Peter Mundinia.

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Mau Highway Project

The first consortium includes Orascom, Aiim, Mota-Engil and Egis while the second Rift Valley Connect includes Vinci Concessions SAS, Meridian Infrastructure Africa Fund and Vinci Highways SAS.

The successful bidder will build, design, finance, maintain and operate the Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit road, which was initially priced at US$1.5 billion but has skyrocketed to US$2 billion. The government will also compensate more than 44 landowners in Kiambu County who will be relocated along the Limuru-Kamirithu section to pave the way for the upgrade, according to the National Land Commission Gazette notice dated February 22, 2019. .

The project will see the extension of the 180km road to a dual carriageway to four carriageways from Limuru to the summit of Mau, Nakuru. In addition, the contractor will rehabilitate the Mai Mahiu – Naivasha road and establish toll booths under a public-private partnership.

“The contractor responsible for constructing, managing, maintaining and operating the highway will recoup its money from the user fees of motorists at the toll stations that will be established,” Mundinia said.

In addition, the contractor will maintain and operate the Nairobi Southern Bypass as well as maintain the Gitaru-Rironi segment which is currently being upgraded through the James Gichuru-Rironi road project.

October 2019

Construction work on Nairobi-Mau Summit Road in Kenya to start in December

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Construction of the long-awaited Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit Road in Kenya is expected to begin in two months according to the Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Transport, Housing and Urban Development (CS), James Macharia.

Speaking in Nakuru Town East constituency during celebrations marking World Habitat Day, SC said the nearly US$1.55 billion tender for the construction of the 187 km had already been awarded to a French company.

The bidding process

The planned launch of the Nairobi-Mau Summit dual carriageway comes months after four companies challenged the Kenya National Highways Authority’s decision to award the tender to the Rift Valley Connect consortium.

The petition was however dismissed after the four companies failed to substantiate their claims that KeNHA had engaged in a non-transparent tendering process which interfered with fair competition.

Jul 2021

Internet Cable Relocation for Nairobi-Mau Summit Road Project Commences

Fiber optic cable relocation has started in preparation for the construction of the Nairobi-Mau Summit road project in Kenya.

The state Department of ICT and Innovation, which is undertaking the fiber infrastructure relocation, said the move was to avoid internet outages early in the road project. Among the major ICT infrastructure along the route is the National Optic Fiber Backbone Infrastructure (Nofbi) project which began in 2005, when the state decided to connect all major cities to high-speed broadband internet.

The Nofbi fiber optic ring currently crosses 58 towns in 35 counties in Kenya. The movement process on the optical cable will be done in four batches: Rironi-Naivasha via Mai Mahiu, Rironi-Naivasha, Naivasha-Nakuru and Nakuru-Mau Summit. The new design will be integrated into Nofbi and connected to all government offices and agencies along the route as well as existing licensed internet service providers and telecom operators.

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