Capita Symonds appointed for first West Africa motorway

28 July 2010

Capita Symonds’ Infrastructure PFI/PPP team has been appointed to act for the lenders who are supporting Société Eiffage de la Nouvelle Autoroute Concédée (SENAC) in the funding of the first PPP motorway deal in West Africa.

The proposed €200m Toll Highway will run 25km from Dakar, the capital of Senegal, towards the country’s new international airport (AIBD) at Diass and the economic development gateway at Diamniadio.

Crossing the densely populated district of Pikine Irrégulier Sud, the motorway forms part of a wider  development programme for the Dakar region. As well as providing a rapid and direct route to Diamniadio and the new international airport, the motorway will also improve access to the centre of Dakar and the suburbs of Cambérène, Guédiawaye and Thiaroye.

Capita Symonds is carrying out technical and traffic audits of the design and construction proposals on behalf of the lenders as well as reviewing the proposed operation and life cycle maintenance of the completed road.

Construction work is due to begin in summer 2010.