Uganda is preparing to start construction of two multibillion-dollar projects on the Nile River, despite complaints by Egypt that one of the projects will reduce Egypt’s share of the river’s water. Further, Egypt claims that a colonial-era treaty gives it the power to veto the project. Map: Shem Oirere And Walter Konefal, ENR A toll bridge at Jinja will improve a major transport link across Africa, but a planned hydropower plant at Karuma is running into strong objections from Egypt. The news regarding construction of the $1.2-billion Karuma hydropower project and a $125-million bridge comes eight months after the May
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.