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Indian firm wins Sh4.5 billion road project in Kenya

A joint venture between India’s Punj Lloyd Group and Kenyan firm Intex Construction Ltd has won a Sh4.59 billion (US$54 million) road project from the Kenya Highway Authority.

The contract entails the construction of a 62km road (Loruk-Barpelo Road) located in the Rift Valley region about 300km north of Nairobi.

The project is earmarked for completion in 30 months.

Punj Lloyd said it was keen on consolidating its road construction portfolio around the world adding that its expertise to deliver complex projects will complement Kenya’s ambitious infrastructure development plans.

“Our knowledge coupled with the expertise to deliver complex projects will complement Kenya’s ambitious plans to spur infrastructure growth,” Punj Lloyd CEO S. Raju said in a statement.

Raju said that the Indian construction and engineering company will continue rational bidding in effort to create a portfolio of infrastructure developments in Africa.

With operations spread across Africa, South Asia, the Middle East, the Caspian and Asia Pacific, Punj Lloyd provides integrated design, engineering, procurement, construction and project management services in the infrastructure and energy sectors.

On the other hand, Kenya-based Intex Construction Ltd delivers solutions in construction, civil engineering and real estate sectors.

The entry of the Indian construction company into the Kenyan road construction sector comes at a time when local contractors are accusing the government of favoring Chinese firms in major projects tendering.

The government has hower defended the dominance of Chinese firms in securing road construction tenders in the country, saying they are filling the vacuum left by local cowboy contractors.