India and the Middle East

An artist’s impression of the Mina Salman Interchange. INSET: The existing interchange.

An artist’s impression of the Mina Salman Interchange. INSET: The existing interchange.

Afcons to build key Bahrain interchange

The Mina Salman Interchange – a challenging project considering its strategic position and the high volume of traffic using the intersection – is to be built by Afcons under a $66.35 million contract.

July 2011

INDIAN company Afcons Infrastructure has been awarded a contract to build the Mina Salman Interchange project in Bahrain. The BD25- million ($66.35 million) project will take 28 months to complete once work commences, according to Nayef Al Kalali, undersecretary at Bahrain’s Works Ministry.

“Nearly 70 per cent of the work will be completed with the help of local contractors,” Al Kalali says.

Afcons, a part of the Shapoorji Pallonji Group, is considered to be the third largest construction group in India with a group turnover in excess of $2 billion. The 50-year-old company is presently executing major marine works in Oman, the UAE, Mauritius, Madagascar and also civil structural works in Yemen. It is actively pursuing new and developing markets such as the Middle East and Africa.

Commenting on the Mina Salman interchange, Al Kalali says: “This is one of the most strategic projects being developed in Bahrain and will ensure there will be non-stop and unhindered traffic between the King Fahad Causeway entry point to Bahrain and Khalifa bin Salman Port.”

He adds that the project will also present major challenges to contractors, workers and engineers, one of biggest being dealing with the traffic once work starts since a high volume of traffic flows through the intersection.

The project includes the construction of an overpass for traffic from Shaikh Isa bin Salman Highway to Al Fateh Highway and the construction of an underpass from Shaikh Isa bin Salman Bridge heading towards Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Port and Hidd.

Al Kalali indicates that there will be a three-level construction that will involve a very high level of design and construction expertise, in a bid improve the roads network to accommodate an increase in traffic.

Work on all the ground services including shifting of power cables, water and sewerage lines has already been completed so as to expedite work on the Mina Salman intersection project, Al Kalali says, adding that work has also been completed beforehand on the re-planning of the strip north to the interchange, between Umm Al Hassam and Mina Salman intersections. These works, which were carried out in three phases, included the demolition of 23 buildings on the strip or relocating them while compensating the tenants of these buildings.

Afcons, a leader in marine works, highways, bridges, metro works, power houses, tunnels, oil and gas, LNG tanks and other general civil engineering projects, has a presence in almost the entire spectrum of infrastructure activities in India and in the Middle East and Africa. It employs 6,500 personnel including 1,060 engineering and management personnel, highly-skilled workmen and various site level personnel. It is the first Indian construction company to have constructed an underground metro station (at Barakhamba Road, New Delhi) without a foreign joint venture.

With ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and HSAS 18001:2007 certification, Afcons aims to increase its turnover from the overseas market.

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