Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) this week hosted a public opening of requests for pre-qualification applications as part of the process that will eventually lead to the construction of the much-anticipated Kampala – Jinja Expressway (KJE) road project. The 95km road project, a first of its kind expressway set to cost a whopping US$1billion, will revolutionize transport to and fro the Eastern part of the country and improve trade across the region. On opening of the bids, eight international consortia submitted for the opportunity to construct the landmark infrastructure project.The bidders are the following;
- China Communications Construction Company Ltd and China First Highway Engineering Company Ltd;
- KJ Connect (with Vinci Concessions as the lead member);
- Strabag/ICITAS/EGIS/AIIM/STOA with Strabag as Lead member;
- Enkula Expressway Consortium;
- China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation and China Railway Construction Investment Group;
- Sharpoorji Pallonji Roads Private Ltd,
- Elevolution -Engenharia, SA;
- CCKS Consortium (China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd, China Wu Yi Co. Ltd, Korea Expressway Corporation and SK Engineering and Construction).
In summary, from the different continents around the world, the KJE project bidding process received interest from 3 Chinese Consortia, 3 European Consortia,1 Indian Consortium,1 African Consortium.
The next steps in the process entail evaluation of the pre-qualification applications and approval of the short-listed bidders which is expected to take approximately 2 months. It is expected that the pre-qualified bidders shall then have been invited to submit proposals by the end of the year 2018.