French President Emmanuel Macron and his Kenyan counterpart president Uhuru Kenyatta On 30th September, 2020 witnessed the signing of bilateral agreements, among them being Public private partnership (PPP) for the construction of the Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit highway, signed between KeNHA and Vinci Concessions.
According to Globe Newswire, KeNHA executed an agreement with Rift Valley Highway, a company owned by VINCI Highways (Lead member), VINCI Concessions, and Meridiam SAS, for the development of 175km Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit highway Project.
In an official document released by Vinci, the agreement will become effective once the World Bank performs an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment in compliance with its standards. The Financial close of the project is expected to occur by the end of 2021.
The French consortium will design, finance, construct, operate, maintain, and transfer the expressway for 30 years. The firm is set to recoup its finances using the revenues and income generated by electronic toll collection system along the 233km road once complete.
The other agreements made were the development of the Nairobi central business district (CBD) to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) commuter railway line, and the 400kV Menengai – Rongai electricity transmission line.
The project, as per the contract, entails expansion of 175Km road from Rironi to Mau Summit, into a four-lane dual carriageway and re-carpeting of Rironi – Mai Mahiu – Naivasha Road (Escarpment Road).
Upon completion, the Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit Road is expected to significantly reduce the travel time between Nairobi and Mau Summit and the traffic snarl-up experienced on the road. It will improve transport connections for people and goods between eastern and Western parts of Kenya and neighbouring countries.
Implementation of the Project was set to begin in December Last year. The planned commencement of the Nairobi-Mau Summit dual carriageway came months after four firms contested a decision by KeNHA to award the tender to the Rift Valley Connect consortium.
The petition was however thrown out after the four firms failed to prove their allegations that KeNHA had engaged in a non-transparent bidding process that interfered with fair competition.
KeNHA picked the Rift Valley Connect, a consortium of Vinci Highways SAS, Meridian Infrastructure Africa Fund and Vinci Concessions SAS, as the preferred bidder for the project, after they submitted the lowest bid at Sh159.5 billion.