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Pan Paper Mills is set to be opened in the next three months after government announced it has secured a strategic investor.The investor, Rai Group has committed KES6bn over the next three years after purchasing the company's assets .The Group is associated with several sugar industries, a plywood firm and an edible oil refinery in the country, is said to have purchased the firm for about KES900m, defeating  six other bidders.



Technical University of Kenya (TU-K) engineering department has formed two partnerships to facilitate acquisition of new equipments in a bid to adjust to new global technology advancement. The institution has collaborated with AVIC International to supply electrical and mechanical equipments to their laboratories for practical exercises among engineering students. The equipments will increase practical learning and aid students embrace technical skills development.



The fourth annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo takes place 9 – 11 May 2016, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg. 

As Africa’s premium cement, concrete and construction industry event, the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo provides a great opportunity for companies, individuals and industry leaders to network and impart invaluable insight about the current African construction industry.

Conference attendees will have access to eight unique expo experiences which include, African Construction Conference; Totally Concrete Conference; Housing for Africa Conference and the Women in Construction Awards. The Gauteng Construction Conference and Trade Expo; Construction IT Summit and Expo; and the Civilution event are all new exciting additions for 2016. 

In addition, the second annual - by invite only - Captains of Construction forum, will also offer great insight into critical issues hindering infrastructural development in Africa. The dialogue at the Captains of Construction forum is set to highlight the opportunities that exist for further development through the collaboration of public and private stakeholders. With the change in venue to the Gallagher Convention Centre, attendees will have the opportunity to navigate the new one-level expo floor with ease. It has also brought on African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo’s inaugural Outdoor Expo. The new outdoor expo offers exciting opportunities for attendees to not only see, but experience the latest equipment and machinery.

African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo 2016 has a distinct African narrative 

The African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo organisers are particularly excited about this year’s event as it will have a distinctly African narrative – telling the great story of African construction. 

Soren Du Preez, Programme Director: Africa for the event organisers, Hypenica, says “The subcontinent requires 40 million tons of new cement capacity alone in order to meet rising urbanisation and growth rates, with the region’s population forecast to grow from 1.1 billion people in 2013 to 2.4 billion by 2050. Both industry titans and new entrants into the local marketplace find value in the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo experience because the platform provides an outlet for construction business development alongside practical insight into managing daily operations in the African context. The event unites the world’s leading pioneers of concrete, bringing together African and international expertise with more than 60 world-renowned expert speakers that share their expertise into new insights and aspects of concrete.”

As the presenting sponsor of African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo, Marley’s Marketing and Business Development Manager, Sean Singh says, “Marley Building Systems is proud to be a presenting sponsor at the 2016 African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo. As a leader in Innovative Building Solutions, this is the right platform to showcase our offers to key decision makers within the construction industry in Africa.”

Industry giant, PPC, the leading supplier of cement in southern Africa, has come on board as a gold sponsor of Totally Concrete 2016. Says Kevin Odendaal, PPC Executive of Business Development, “We currently find ourselves on the continent of opportunity – living at a time like never before. To unlock this opportunity will require a new approach, both in terms of how we do business individually and how we develop partnerships. Totally Concrete 2016 promises to provide the ideal platform for robust discussion about this and other key issues facing us as a sector.” 

For those interested in attending the conference, click through to the following link, http://tinyurl.com/zrl6agr for the programme brochure, speaker details and conference sessions. 

Please feel free to engage on social media platforms, Facebook - TotallyConcrete and Twitter @TotallyConcrete and use the following hashtags #ACETCE2016

Registration and additional information can be found at www.totallyconcrete.co.za and www.construction-week.com



By Eng. George Jacob Orony Odedeh,Chief Engineer,National Irrigation Board

Water is an indispensible resource for any type of development be it physical, physiological, social or economic. In fact, no development has so far been realized where water is not naturally available, has been made available or is accessible because all living things require water for survival. In addition to the survival of living things, almost all types of construction work, through which physical infrastructural development is achieved, require the use of significant quantities of water. With this in mind, the need for appreciation of the strong linkage between engineering and water resources cannot be overemphasized and engineers, of all disciplines, need to be at the forefront of finding solutions as to how this critical resource can be optimally planned for, efficiently developed and effectively managed for posterity.



The Galana-Kulalu irrigation project and food security scheme was unveiled in 2014 as a one-million-acre model farm. The irrigated farm and accompanying projects were to provide food security for Kenya and lead to marked increases in agricultural exports. The amount of maize produced would lead to a drop in prices of a 2kg bag of maize flour from its current KES 100 to approximately KES 84.



Athi Water Services Board (AWSB) is a state corporation established under the Water Act 2002. It is one of the eight Water Services Boards (WSBs) established under the Water Sector Reforms Programme through the Water Act (2002).The AWSB’s major functions include the planning, development, rehabilitation and expansion of water and sanitation services infrastructure, as well as asset ownership and the holding of water and sanitation assets within the area of jurisdiction.



Eng. M.E Okonji (left), Eng. J. Riungu (Centre) and Eng. (Prof) F. Gichaga (right) follow the proceedings at a past IEK conference.

Engineer Michael Ezekiel Okonji has been elected as the first president of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK). His election and that of the new council was announced on 28th April 2016 at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Institution. He takes over from Eng. R. Kosgei who has finished his second term as Chairman.

Other results include; Eng. Rosemary Wanjiku Kung’u as the 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President  - Eng. Jane Wanjiru Mutulili, Treasurer - Eng. Richard Kipng’etich Arap Chepkwony, and Secretary - Eng. Stephen Phanuel Omondi. The other Council Members include; Eng. Samuel Njagi Charagu, Eng. Emelda Anyango Odhiambo, Eng. Kennedy Wandera Makudiuh, Eng. Joseph Odongo Oketch, Eng. Geoffrey Kisingula Askari, and Eng. John Kipchumba Tanui.

Eng Okonji, Principal Electrical Engineer, Bison Consulting Engineers had before his election served as the 1st Vice chair and a member of the council of the Institution. He was awarded a BSEE (cum laude) degree in electrical engineering from Harvard University, USA in 1987 and the following year was appointed Chief Electrical and Mechanical Engineer, Ministry of Public Works, a position he held until his retirement from the civil service in 2008. Eng Okonji is a Registered Engineer with EBK with extensive experience.


Eng. J.M Matu speaking during a past ACEK annual dinner, he is the new ACEK Chairman.

The Association of Consulting Engineers (ACEK) has elected Eng. J.M Matu to be their new Chairman replacing Eng. J.N Mwangi who finished his second term in office this year.  ACEK, continuously strive to promote the practicing of engineering in Kenya through its activities.  ACEK was formed in 1968 with the objective of promoting the advancement of the professionalism of Consultation and co-operation among those Engineers whose work is of a purely consultative character. Their scope involves all engineering roles including providing a forum for Government, Public bodies, Associations, Representatives of Industry and Trade among others to confer with consulting engineers as a body and obtain their collective views. The association receives complaints on their members firm and acts as a public watchdog on Engineering Matters.

Eng. Matu has been a Council member at ACEK and a member of the welfare Committee at the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK). A Registered consulting engineer, a Civil Engineer by discipline Eng. Matu has been taking part in the transformation of Kenya through engineering by contributing in major projects including the construction of Thika Superhighway and the Standard gauge Railway. The association of consulting engineers has 65 members.

ACEK also contributes to the welfare of Kenyans in general by encouraging best practices for the sustained development of Kenya.  The Association is a member of FIDIC, the International Federation of Consulting Engineers, GAMA, the Group of African Member Associations of FIDIC, KEPSA(Kenya Private Sector Alliance) and APSEA( Association of Professional Societies in East Africa). Through FIDIC and in collaboration with other organizations, ACEK continues to provide training for engineers on best practices in the industry and contract administration. ACEK offers these training opportunities to ensure our fellow engineers are kept up-to-date with changes in industry and technology. This is because the work done by engineers directly affect the functionality and longevity of projects, the standards of service offered and therefore the quality of life. Construction of buildings/structures, upkeep and expansion of roads, railways, ports and berths, airports, petroleum facilities, power plants and power transmission, water and sewerage systems to name a few are a direct result of work done by those in engineering.  Engineers are also an integral part of projects in sectors such as agriculture, irrigation, education, mining, communication, health etc.




Eng. D.M Wanjau the Chairman of the Engineers Board of Kenya

The new board of the Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK) has been put in place in accordance with the Engineers Act 2011. This follows a gazette notice from the Cabinet Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure James Macharia.

The board constituted with effect from 8th march 2016 will last for a period of 3 years. The Chairman of the board continues to be Dionysius Maina Wanjau. Other Board members are Bancy Mbura Mati, Grace Apiyo Opiyo, Francis Gichaga, Julius marimi Riungu, Aruna Ashwin Patel and Abdullahi M. Samatar.

The board is expected to hit the ground running with the issue of University course accreditation and graduate engineer conversion to professional engineers toping their agenda.


Kenya’s government hopes to generate dynamic data on the country and its population by establishing a national addressing system (NAS). The Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) has been given the task to design the NAS, eliminate addressing confusion and create and maintain a standard addressing system in Kenya. The NAS has at least three important purposes.



Picture a meeting of the minds and rubbing of shoulders by academia and Big Oil. It is probably not a picture you often imagine let alone see in real life. Big Oil has, for years, been caricatured in both academia and the popular imagination as rapaciously digging up the earth, frittering away the natural resources of multiple countries, sitting on mountains of cash and fiddling whilst the world burns on account of fossil fuel-fuelled global warming. Academia, on the other hand, may provide nuanced and informed perspectives on any given issue, but perspectives that are all too often pedantic and out of touch given its lofty, ivory tower perch. 



A new industrialization blueprint for Kenya outlines a five-point strategy that aims to make the country a manufacturing and industrial export centre in the coming years. Officially named Kenya's Industrial Transformation Programme (KITP), the blueprint attempts to expand Kenya’s economy from an export-led and import-substitution policy regime to one that has developed industries. It aims to grow a strong manufacturing sector in Kenya and an economy that will make Kenya Africa's next industrial power.



East Africa 

  • East Africa Governments agreed to develop resources in Uganda and Kenya with separate export pipelines.
  • Ongoing assessment of recently completed South Lokichar appraisal programme in Kenya indicates potential to increase recoverable resources up to 750 million barrels with further exploration potential supporting an upside of 1 billion barrels.
  • Working hydrocarbon system discovered with the Cheptuket-1 exploration well in Kenya’s Kerio Valley Basin.

In Kenya, the result from the basin opening Cheptuket-1 well in the Kerio Valley Basin was announced in March. The well encountered good oil shows, seen in cuttings and rotary sidewall cores, across an interval of over 700 metres and post-well analysis is still in progress. Following this encouraging basin opening well and the successful Etom-2 result in the South Lokichar Basin in December 2015, further exploration activities are being evaluated.

At a meeting between various East African Governments in Kampala on 23 April 2016, it was agreed that Uganda and Kenya would develop separate, standalone export pipelines for their oil resources. Tullow welcomes the clarity and certainty that this decision brings. In Uganda, Tullow will now work with the Government of Uganda and our partners on the development of these significant resources through a Uganda-Tanzania pipeline. In Kenya, the Group continues to examine the data from its recently concluded appraisal campaign and our initial assessment indicates recoverable resources of up to 750 million barrels of oil in the South Lokichar Basin. The Group continues to review options for re-starting the exploration campaign in this basin to de-risk the overall upside potential of 1 billion barrels. Tullow will now work with the Government of Kenya and our partners on a range of options for the independent development of these resources including early production using existing infrastructure which would provide valuable reservoir data ahead of a full field development with an export pipeline.

See full report. http://www.tullowoil.com/media/press-releases/agm-trading-update-2016


The 400 Kv Mombasa/Nairobi electricity transmission line project passing through Kajiado County is set to resume following an agreement reached between the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) and the Kajiado Maa community.

The decision was reached at a meeting presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi yesterday evening where it was resolved that the project should begin in one week’s time after the issue of land compensation was concluded.

The meeting, attended by Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter and his Interior counterpart Joseph Nkaissery among leaders, agreed that people whose land the Ketraco powerlines will pass through will be compensated under the Government’s 30 per cent compensation policy


African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo, Africa’s biggest gathering of qualified buyers and sellers for the cement, concrete and construction industries holds its 4th annual edition from 9 to 11 May 2016 at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sub-Saharan Africa is poised for unprecedented growth with the region's population forecast to grow from 1.1 billion people in 2013 to 2.4 billion by 2050. Consumer spending is forecast to rise from USD $1 trillion to USD $4.7-trillion over the same period.  In addition, transport volume demand is expected to climb by a factor of between six and eight by 2040 and urbanisation rates are expected to climb from 63% in 2014 to 74% by 2035 in South African cities alone.

As Africa’s construction industry leaders gear up to support long-term development initiatives designed to underpin growth forecasts, the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo provides a unique gateway into doing construction business across the continent’s high growth and high risk markets.  Cement and concrete companies who are facing increasing competition in the South African market are now looking across borders into the higher margin growth that is happening throughout sub -Saharan nations.  African growth presents huge business opportunities for the cement industry in particular because the subcontinent requires 40 million tonnes of new capacity.   Both industry titans and new entrants into the local marketplace find value in the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo experience because the platform provides an outlet for construction business development but also offers practical insight into managing daily operations in the African context.  

Over the course of three days, the 2016 edition of the event brings together more than 6000 construction experts from across the continent next May to facilitate an interactive exchange of knowledge and promote cross-border collaboration. The conference offers innovative and interactive content delivery that addresses strategic issues affecting infrastructure delivery and discusses the latest developments and technologies associated with the cement, concrete and construction industries. An indoor-outdoor exhibition showcases the latest products and solutions available to deliver projects on time and on budget and offers free technical training workshops aimed to promote capacity building and skills development for the local built environment.

An independent event survey conducted by a research engine called Explori in 2015 revealed that participants to the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo rate the event highly and express a high likelihood of return, citing that the event has the best content, scoring well above other major conferences catering to the African construction industry.  “It was a very successful show for us where we made a number of high quality new contacts and reinvigorated old relationships. Most beneficial for us were the direct introductions to specific people in various governmental and business organisations,” says Michael Canfield, Communications Manager at The Gauteng Asphalt Group of Companies, of the event.

Endorsed by more than 80 media and association partners and sponsored by Marley Building Systems, PPC Cement, AfriSam, FAW, Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA), Bosch, Elkem, Priedemann, Meka, Carmix, Stihl and Wall-Ties & Forms Inc, African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo is the only all things cement, concrete and construction event in Africa that provides the entire industry ecosystem with the tools and solutions to navigate Africa’s high growth markets and ensure ROI on projects of all sizes.  


Tenders and Jobs

Grid List

Type: Tender ( IFB ) Closing On: Fri, May 13, 2016

Ref No : EACC: 30/2015-2016 Category : Energy & Electricity , Energy & Elec Equipment






TENDER NO. EACC: 30/2015-2016 


The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission invites sealed Tenders for the proposed Supply, Installation and Commissioning of Air Conditioning System at ACK Mombasa Memorial Cathedral Complex. Funding: [Government of Kenya] Expected start date on site: [May 2016] Expected completion date: [June, 2016] Interested eligible candidates may obtain further information from and inspect the tender documents at the Supply chain office, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, ground Floor, Integrity Centre during normal working hours. A complete set of tender documents may be downloaded from the Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission’s websites: www.eacc.go.ke or IFMIS suppliers’ portal supplier.treasury.go.ke free of charge. Prices quoted should be net inclusive of all taxes, must be in Kenya Shillings and should remain valid for 120 days after date of tender opening.  


Completed tender documents are to be submitted through IFMIS so as to reach:




Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission,


P. O. Box 61130 - 00200



on or before Fri, May 13th 2016, 00:00.  Tenders must be accompanied by a tender Security of Ksh.500,000.00. The IFMIS system will automatically lock out at the time and date of tender closing.


CAP Youth Empowerment Institute Kenya, is supported by MasterCard Foundation, was established to provide Basic Employability Skills Training (BEST) for disadvantaged youth in the society with particular focus on women to get equitable, qualitative learning and access to promising labour market oriented opportunities, savings and credit that support their pathways to safe and positive futures.