ERA awards a Billion br project


The Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) awarded a 1.1 billion birr contract to two local construction companies, Gemshu Beyene Construction Company (GBCC) and Leul Yohannes Construction Company. The contract is for the construction of a 47km road in the Amhara Regional state and a 23km road in the Afar Regional state. The project, which ERA awarded to GBCC, is part of a larger project to construct the 119km asphalt road that leads from Mehal Meda to Alem Ketema. The project to construct the first section of the road, which covers 72km starting from Mehal Meda, was awarded to Sunshine Construction. The project is expected to be completed within three years beginning from June 2011. GBCC got the second section of the project, to build the remaining 47km stretch of the road, ending at Alem Ketema. GBCC’s contract is worth 915 million br and plans are to complete construction within three years commencing from September 2013. GBCC was selected from six other bidders, including China First Highway Construction Company and a Yemeni company, Hawik International Finance & Construction. In addition, six other local construction companies, including Sunshine Construction, Enyi Construction and Yencomad Construction, participated in the bid. GBCC, established in 2002, has constructed different roads, such as the Dire Dawa -Dewel (195km) and Masber-Dina (75km) roads.
The road project in the Amhara Regional state will connect local farmers to the neighbouring Mehal Meda, Alem gena and Akista towns. Leul Construction Company won the 254 million br bid that was floated on March 2012 for the 23km project in Afar.