Great strides have been made on the on-going construction works for Kiira EV at Industrial and Business Park in Jinja by National Enterprise Corporation NEC Construction works and engineering Ltd as one of the subsidiaries of NEC (Commercial arm of ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs/UPDF.
Civil works have already started in earnest at the 100 acre site in Mawoito Parish, Kakira Division, Jinja District.
In April 2018 Cabinet Approved the Roadmap for Commercialization of the Kiira Electric Vehicle Project and a Seed Fund of Shs 143.7 Billion to Set Up and Kick Start Operations of the Kiira Vehicle Plant over a Period of Four (4) Years, 2018/19-2021/22.
Architectural Design of the Plant
This was after the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development approved a comprehensive feasibility study for setting up and operating the Kiira Vehicle Plant.
Shs 24 Billion was allocated for Kiira Motors Corporation activities in the Financial Year (FY) 2018/19. By February 2019, Shs 19 Billion had been released to Kiira Motors Corporation. Shs 15 Billion was transferred to the Contractor to start construction of the Kiira Vehicle Plant in Jinja.
on going construction works
The construction of the Kiira Vehicle Plant is scheduled to take thirty (30) months, January 2019 – June 2021, at a cost of Shs 63 Billion; this is subject to release of funds in line with the approved roadmap.
And therefore, the the Scope of work covers, site clearance, Clearance of 100 acres of land at Plot No. 701, Block 2 Kagogwa Village, Mawaito Parish, Kakira Town Council, Construction of the Site Fence and Gates, excavation of a 1.4 km storm water channel along the Western Boundary to enhance site drainage.
The on-going construction of a motor vehicle assembly plant by Uganda’s automotive value chain pioneer, Kiira Motors Corporation, has set a new record for local content even as it raises the bar for the selected firms to deliver to time and specification.
In a departure from typical civil contracting in Uganda, Kiira Motors has selected Ugandan firms to execute 100pc of the non-tooling aspects of the project. National Enterprise Corporation NEC, the business arm of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces was selected as the prime contractor for the main building works.
NEC is being supervised by Technology Consults the consulting offshoot of the Makerere University College of Engineering and Design. Electrical contractor Kirch of Technicians, which has already taken a 33Kv power line as well as a step-up transformer to the site, is being supervised by UMEME.
Excavator levelling the ground
Gets Technical Services has already laid a 5.4 kilometre six inch water pipeline running from the municipal water supply at Lwanda, to the site. National Water and Sewerage Corporation was the supervising consultant.
Civil works have started in earnest at the 100 acre site in Mawoito Parish, Kakira Division, Jinja, with prime contractor National Enterprise Corporation NEC, moving earth to prepare the ground for laying of the assembly plant’s sub-base, concrete slap and primary beams. NEC which took over the site on February 16, has committed to a tight project execution matrix that binds them to deliver the assembly shop on January 6, 2020.
NEC has also subcontracted House of Concrete East Africa Limited to supply all the concrete for the project. A joint venture with Ugandan and American interests, House of Concrete is already active in the oil and gas sector. Chief executive Steven Nicoll told 256BN that their onsite concrete batching plants have the capacity to lay all 1440 square metre concrete slabs in seven hours but they will have to adjust their workflow to fit in with the pace of NEC’s finishing teams.