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Lagos state shortlists three groups for mega bridge contract
Chinese companies dominate bidding for project aimed at easing gridlocks in economic hub
Michael Marray 7 Dec 2022

Nigeria’s Lagos state government has shortlisted three consortia for the contract to build a US$2.5 billion bridge that seeks to relieve severe traffic congestion in the economic hub.

The Fourth Mainland Bridge is a proposed 38-kilometre bridge system connecting Lagos Island by way of Lekki, Langbasa, and Baiyeku towns and across Lagos Lagoon to Itamaga in Ikorodu. It runs towards the lagoon shoreline of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The first consortium is listed as Mota-Engil (Nigeria and Africa), together with China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) and China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC). CCCC owns a 23% stake in Mota-Engil.

The second bidder is a joint venture between China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC) and China Geo-Engineering Corporation (CGC). CGC ranks as one of the 250 largest international civil engineering contractors by sales.

The third is a consortium made up of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) and China Railway Construction Investment Group (CRCCIG).

The Lagos state government, through the Office of Public-Private Partnerships, has confirmed the shortlist. The evaluation committee expects that the preferred bidder will be announced before the end of the year.

The project aims to ease congestion on the existing Third Mainland Bridge while opening new areas for future development.

The public-private partnership project includes the construction and operation of a greenfield toll road and bridge, with a design speed of 120 kilometres per hour, including the development of adjacent real estate. The bridge is expected to become the second-longest in Africa, featuring three toll plazas, nine interchanges, and a 4.5km lagoon bridge.

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