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US firm secures Konza tech project

01 July 2014, 14:29

Nairobi - Tetra Tech Incorporated has won the tender to prepare the first phase of the Konza Techno Polis project.

This will precede the construction of buildings that will be undertaken by the public.

The American company will lead the 11 companies who were successful in the bid. This includes five Kenyan companies that will be involved in the preparation of the first phase of the proposed Kenya’s Silicon Savanah.

The public portion of the project is estimated to cost KES 104 billion.

Tetra Tech won the tender against 22 other firms to oversee financial planning, project communications, development guidelines, and land administration and construction management of the project.

The first phase construction is expected to create up to 17 000 jobs and will take five years to complete.

Tetra Tech’s job will include construction of infrastructure and the Manager, James Lenzotti, said  public- private partnership with the government would enable timely completion and quality work at the site.

“We do need to depend a lot on the PPP (public private partnerships) organizations for investments whether they will be physical vertical buildings or whether they will be some infrastructure we want in our external investments coming in. So Konza is a reality,” said Lenzotti.

Government officials echoed Lenzotti’s sentiments.

“We have remained true and consistent and the plan that was set for us by the government through the office of the President. We have followed the programme as we were set to,” said Dr Fred Matiang’i, the Cabinet Secretary for ICT.

 - CAJ News

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