Below, we bring to you 10 of these gigantic infrastructure projects that will change the face of Africa when completed.
1. Begamoyo Port
Located in Tanzania, the Begamoyo port is expected to be completed in 2045. The port with an estimated cost of $11 billion will be Africa’s largest port, capable of handling 20 million containers per year.
2. North South Corridor
Started in 2009, the North South Corridor is a project by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa. It’s a series of roadways and railways spanning more than 6,000 miles across seven countries. Its cost is approximately $1 billion.
3. Modderfontein New City
Currently under construction by Zendai Property Limited, a Chinese development firm, the Modderfontein New City located outside Johannesburg, South Africa, will cost $8 billion and aims to become the hub for Chinese firm investing in Africa infrastructure.
4. Konza Technology City
This is a $14.5 billion software hub outside Nairobi, Kenya. Konza Technology is currently being referred to as “where Africa’s silicon savanna begins.”
5. $420 million Project at Bouregreg Valley
In 2013, Morocco launched a $420 million urban development project in the Bouregreg valley. The project is meant to link Rabat and Sale, two of Morocco most vibrant cities together. The town is currently split by the valley.
6. Lagos-Calabar coastal railway
In July 2017, China and Nigeria agreed to build a coastal railway said to cost about $11 billion. The railway will stretch for 871 miles and is expected to be opened in 2018.
7. Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
When completed, this dam, which will cost $4,8 billion, will provide hydroelectric power to Ethiopia and nearby countries.
Unfortunately, 20,000 Ethiopians have had to relocate from their villages to create space for this dam.
8. Grand Inga Dam
Expected to be completed by 2025, this dam will become the largest energy-generating body in the world with an average output of 39,000 MW per year. The total estimated cost for the dam is penned at $100 million.
9. Jaspar Solar Farm
This is the largest solar power project in Africa. The solar farm which started operating in South Africa in 2014 produces about 180,000 megawatt-hours per year, and it is capable of powering 80,000 homes.
10. The New Suez Canal
Started in 2014, this is an extension of the existing Suez Canal. It adds 22 miles in a new shipping lane beside the original 102-mile canal. The new canal is expected to double annual revenue with the room for added ships.
In 2015, Dangote cement which is Africa largest cement producer, signed a $4.3 billion contract with a Chinese engineering firm to increase its capacity to 100 million tons across 15 countries by 2020.