A CONSORTIUM led by Kvrner Construction International, part of the Anglo-Norwegian engineering and construction group, has been awarded a US$425 million contract to build the largest pumping station in Africa. The contract award from the Egyptian government is part of the South Valley development project, an agricultural initiative inaugurated by President Mubarak in January 1997.
The Egyptian-European-Japanese Consortium will design and construct the scheme which will irrigate 200,000ha of reclaimed farm land in Egypt's Western Desert. Other consortium members are Hitachi of Japan and Arabian International Construction of Egypt.
The contract for the 21 pump facility was won in international competition against seven other bids and work on site is due to begin almost immediately for completion in 2002.