Vinci’s African subsidiary to build Africa Cup stadium

Sogea-Satom, the African subsidiary of France’s Vinci Construction, will lead a consortium awarded the contract to design and build a stadium in Côte d’Ivoire for the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN).

Worth €72m, the contract sees the group building the 20,000-seat stadium, designed by architects SCAU, in the capital Yamoussoukro, and refurbishing four training facilities for the 2021 tournament.

Côte d’Ivoire won the prestigious event, which dates back to 1957, in 2015 (pictured).

Also in the consortium are Egis, Baudin-Chateauneuf and Alcor.

The works are scheduled to start this month and be complete in June 2020, Vinci said this week on 18 April.

With more than a million hours of work needed to execute the contract, Sogea-Satom is planning to hire and train 300 local people.

GDP growth in the French-speaking West African country is expected to reach 7% in 2018 and 2019, Vinci said, making it one of Africa’s most vibrant states, economically.

Vinci’s earlier contracts there include the modernisation of the fishing port of the economic capital, Abidjan, in 2015 and a water treatment plant in 2016. In 2017, the Group carried out works to reinforce Abidjan’s water distribution network.

Other projects currently under way include the urban development of Boulevard de Marseille in Abidjan, construction of a water treatment plant at Saint Viateur and construction of a road between Bouaké and Ferkessédougou.

Sogea-Satom carries out building and civil engineering in more than 20 countries in Africa, through a network of subsidiaries, and has more than 12,000 employees, according to Vinci.

Also this week, Vinci said Sogea-Satom had won two major road contracts in Cameroon, totalling €214m.

Photograph: Côte d’Ivoire won the prestigious tournament in 2015 (Wikimedia Commons)

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