Three Bidders Shortlisted for US$2.5 Billion Bridge in Lagos, Nigeria

Chinese corporations and Portuguese contractor in bidding teams vying to build Africa’s longest bridge.

By Yvonne Tagoe on
1st December 2022

The Lagos state government has shortlisted three bids to construct the US$2.5 billion Fourth Mainland Bridge, a 37-kilometre link between Lagos city and Lagos Island.

The project is expected to ease severe congestion on the Third Mainland Bridge, which runs along the western side of the lagoon, while opening up new areas for future development.

Proposed route of 4th Mainland Bridge, alongside 3rd mainland Bridge (FrankvEck | Wikimedia Commons)
Proposed route of 4th Mainland Bridge, alongside 3rd mainland Bridge (FrankvEck | Wikimedia Commons)

Ope George, the special adviser to the governor of Lagos State on public-private partnerships, revealed the status of the bidding process at a press conference on 26 November 2022.

The shortlisted bidders are:

  • a consortium comprising China Communication and Construction Corporation (CCCC), its subsidiary China Road and Bridge Corporation, and Portuguese contractor Mota-Engil in which CCCC holds a 32% stake;
  • a consortium led by China Civil Engineering Construction and China Railway Construction Investment Group; and
  • a joint venture between Wuhan-based China Gezhouba Group and Beijing-based China Geo-Engineering Corporation.

The concept design and masterplan for the bridge was developed by Nigerian consultant NLÉ Works.

The project is expected to cost US$2.5 billion and will be delivered as a public-private partnership. On completion, the bridge will feature two four-lane roads, three toll plazas and nine interchanges, with a maximum speed of 120 km/h.

The bridge will span about 37 kilometers, starting from Abraham Adesanya in Ajah, on the Eti-Osa-Lekki-Epe corridor and transverse the North West towards the lagoon shoreline of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway via Owutu/Isawo in Ikorodu. It will be the longest bridge in Africa. Currently, the longest bridge in Africa is the 20.5-kilometre long 2nd October Bridge in Cairo, Egypt. 

Mr. George disclosed that an evaluation committee comprising representatives from the Lagos State Government, the Federal Ministry of Works, and the project advisers would choose the preferred bidder, which will be announced before the end of the year.

Top Photo: Aerial view of Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos, showing Makoko community (s.aderogba | Wikimedia Commons)

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