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Gabon Infrastructure Report

Published 17 February 2014

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Gabon Infrastructure Report

BMI View: Despite major historic data revisions in January 2014, we maintain our medium - term outlook for growth in Gabon's construction industry. In line with the US$25bn i nfrastructure m asterplan, which will focus on social and transport infrastructure and which will run between 2012 and 2016, we expect stronger short- term growth, with an annual average rate 4.8%. There is substantial upside to this growth rate, if we see projects in the pipeline progressing at a more rapid pace . However, there are numerous problems that need to be overcome to secure investment, which include s improving flows of capital from the government into projects, addressing deep-rooted corruption and attracting private capital.

One of our major concerns surrounding the Gabonese construction sector is momentum behind projects. However, progress is being made across the various sub-sectors of infrastructure, with a handful of projects moving forward:

  • In August 2013, the 70MW Alénkiri gas-fired power plant was inaugurated. The power plant was constructed by Israel's Telemenia. The company is also currently building a gas-fired power plant in Port-Gentil. Construction on the 105MW power plant started in 2012 and is being undertaken in two phases. The project is estimated to cost EUR111mn.

  • In October 2013, the 160MW first phase of the Grand Poubara hydropower plant was completed by contractor Sinohydro. The power plant is being built in two phases and capacity will be 280MW. The project also includes two transmission lines, one linking to Franceville and the other to the manganese mining region of Moanda.

  • In August 2013, construction was approved for the Libreville-Moore port regeneration project. Construction will be carried out by CHEC, at a cost of US$120mn. The project, which includes land reclamation, is due to be completed in November 2014.

  • In June 2013, Ciments de l'Afrique started construction on a 0.5mn tonne per annum (mntpa) cement plant. The plant...

Table of Contents

BMI Industry View
Industry Forecast
Construction And Infrastructure Forecast Scenario
Table: Gabon Construction And Infrastructure Industry Data, 2011-2016
Table: Gabon Construction And Infrastructure Long Term Forecast, 2017-2022
Energy & Utilities Infrastructure - Outlook And Overview
Transport Infrastructure - Outlook And Overview
Table: West Africa Major Transport Projects
Residential/Non-Residential Building - Outlook And Overview
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
Regional Industry Risk/Reward Ratings
Table: Sub-Saharan Infrastructure Business Environment ratings
Market Overview
Competitive Landscape
Table: Number of Contractors In West Africa, By Domicile, 2011
Global Industry Overview
Europe, Middle East and Africa
Dubai Confidence Up, Mega-Spending Status Quo In The Region
Low Yields Push Capital Further Into Infrastructure
Turkey Shines As South Africa and Poland Struggle To Recover
Natural Resource Boom Drives SSA Infrastructure Investment
Latin America
Table: Planned Elections: Latin America 2013
Data Methodology
Capital Investment
Table: Infrastructure Business Environment Indicators

The Gabon Infrastructure Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s market assessment and forecasts covering public procurement and spending on all major infrastructure and construction projects, including transportation and logistics by land, sea and air; power plants and utilities, and commercial construction and property development. The report analyses the impact of regulatory changes and the macroeconomic outlook and features competitive intelligence on contractors and suppliers.

BMI's Gabon Infrastructure Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Gabonese infrastructure and construction industry.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent infrastructure industry forecasts for Gabon to test other views - a key input for successful budgetary and planning in the Gabonese infrastructure market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in the Gabonese infrastructure sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Gabon.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI's key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering infrastructure and construction, regulatory changes, major investments and projects and significant multinational and national company developments.

These are broken down into Construction (social, commercial and residential), Transport (roads, railways, ports, airports etc), and Energy & Utilities (powerplants, renewable projects, pipelines and so on).

Industry Trends

Analysis of latest projects across the infrastructure sector (covering the transport, utilities and commercial construction sub-sectors) - including:

Market Overview:Analysis of the key elements driving developments, including evaluations of current capacity and future requirements.

Building Materials Overview

The building materials overview provides industry trend analysis on the global and regional demands for building materials and the impact of this on the emerging and developed markets.

Business Environment Ratings

BMI's Infrastructure Business Environment Ratings provide a country-comparative Risk-Reward Ratings index aimed at investors (construction companies, suppliers and partners) in the regional infrastructure market.

The ratings methodology makes sophisticated use of over 40 industry, economic and demographic data point.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the infrastructure and construction sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry & Economic Forecasts

Historic data series (2008-2012) and forecasts to end-2018 for all key industry and economic indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key risks to the main forecast. Indicators include:

Construction: Industry value (US$bn); contribution to GDP (%); employment (`000); real growth (%).

Infrastructure: Value (US$bn); contribution to construction industry (%); real growth (%) of transport infrastructure (broken down by railways, airports, roads and bridges, ports and harbours) and energy and utilities (broken down by power plants and transmission grids, oil and gas pipelines, and water infrastructure).

Economy: Economic growth (%); nominal GDP (US$bn); unemployment (%); interest rates (%); exchange rate (against US$).

Company Profiles

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI's industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate SWOT analyses. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.

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