Ethiopian Habesha Cement SC recently began accepting bids for machine and vehicle rentals for its large upcoming project. The company intends to clear the site for its plant as well as construct a road linking its quarry and the nearest town.
Habesha was set up in 2008 by Eskinder Desta, Nigeru Mulalaem, and Mersha Alemu and now has a capital of Br.600 000 and over 15 000 shareholders. In September 2010, the company was awarded a US$79 million contract for the engineering, procurement, and construction of the plantto Northern Heavy Machinery Industries, Shenyang Co Ltd, a Chinese engineering company.
Zelalem Admasu, manager of the contract administration and procurement department for the company, confirms that Br.20 million has been set aside for the road construction including hiring consultants, whilst the construction of the entire cement plant is estimated to cost around US$100 million.
The planned road will direct from Goro Town in the Western Shoa zone, Oromia Regional State, to the quarry. Raw materials will then be transported to the planned cement plant in Holeta Town, located in the same zone.
Zelalem listed the machines Habesha wants to rent for clearing the site for the road, including bulldozers, graders, excavators, rollers, loaders, as well as dump, water, and fuel trucks. The bid for supplying these machines is not limited to one company, instead, Zelalem told local media: “as long as the companies have a valid business license and VAT registered, many can win the tender.”
The five bidding consultancy companies under consideration for the contract are C-Tech Engineering Co., Construction Design SC, Compass Aeped Consulting Plc, Pure Consulting Plc, and Classic Consulting Engineering Plc.
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