Our contribution to the region will grow even further when Johannesburg-based engineering specialist PD Naidoo & Associates joins Mott MacDonald. Coming together to create an 800-person strong entity, the new Mott MacDonald PDNA business will provide a much extended, multi-sector capability in the sub-saharan region. The move – subject to approval by the Competition Commission of South Africa – is the culmination of a highly successful working relationship built over several years and supports both firms’ long-held growth aspirations in Africa.
Stronger transport is vital to economic and social development. For Uganda, we’re developing a 10 year national plan identifying priority road projects and the institutional and financial arrangements required to realise them. In Mozambique, mineral resources giant ENRC commissioned us to carry out logistical and economic studies for a 1000km rail line connecting coal mines in Tete with the port of Nacala.
For South African port and rail operator Transnet we examed the feasibility of a 350km rail route linking lines in the Ermelo/Lothair area via the Swaziland railway network to the ports of Maputo in Mozambique and Richards Bay in South Africa. We're also a part of the Eastern Cape Infrastructure Joint Venture to provide engineering, procurement and construction management to Transnet on various rail and port upgrade projects.
In the renewable energy sector we are project manager and technical advisor for South Africa’s Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff programme, designed to attract private sector investment in 3GW of wind, solar and hydropower projects. In Kenya we are providing technical and commercial advice to potential investors in a 300MW wind farm on the shore of Lake Turkana.
In 2011 we completed the upgrade of 80km of high voltage power lines in Johannesburg, South Africa, for City Power. For Botswana Power Corporation we have designed 200km of 400kV line. We also established the regulatory framework, legislation, operating rules and business plan for Botswana’s Energy & Water Regulatory Agency. Meanwhile, in Ghana we’re providing the full range of engineering skills required for development of the 150MW Takoradi combined cycle power station.
Rwanda is harnessing a self-replenishing supply of methane from Lake Kivu to generate electricity. We’re monitoring the environmental, technical and economic performance of the first commercial-scale gas extraction project. The government of Gabon wants to cut gas flaring from oil exploration and production facilities by 60% by 2015. We’re working on a World Bank-funded project to review the flaring reduction plans of two of Gabon’s largest oil and gas operators.
Only 30% of households in Kigali, Rwanda, are connected to a potable water supply. We are advising the World Bank on a public private partnership project to increase supply to the whole city. In Nairobi, Kenya, we have designed improvements to the supply network that will provide water equitably to four million people.
Under a £110 million European Investment Bank programme covering rural Burundi, Ghana, Rwanda and Zambia, we’re carrying out technical, financial, environmental and social evaluations for water supply and sanitation projects. And we’re advising the Government of South Sudan on provision of safe water and sanitation for up to a million people.
We have achieved great results on the Strengthening South Africa’s Revitalised Response to AIDS and Health programme, reducing HIV transmission from infected mothers to children from 12% to 3.5% in three years. We're also working with South Africa’s Department of Health to implement universal free healthcare.
Under Southern Sudan’s Basic Services Fund programme, we continue to drive value for money through rigorous management of health, education, water supply, sanitation and institutional capacity building projects. In Burundi, we’re working with the Ministry of Education to strengthen governance, management and teaching in primary schools. We’re also developing the strategy, curriculum, teacher training, resources and funding case for Uganda’s Ministry of Education & Sports.