Asset and Resource Management Limited appointed Aurecon, in joint venture, in 2003 to conduct a pre-feasibility study and feasibility study for the Lagos Infrastructure Project on behalf of the Lagos State Government. The objectives of these studies were to identify and determine feasible public private partnership (PPP) projects to alleviate the prevailing traffic problems in Lagos State as well as to provide future direction for highway infrastructure projects.
The outcome of the study was a prioritised list of tolled highway projects, inclusive of the Lekki-Epe Expressway.
The full scale detailed feasibility for the Lekki-Epe Expressway commenced in 2004, which was followed by the preliminary and detail design, completed in 2006. Aurecon was closely involved in both of these.
During this period ARM established the Lekki Concession Company Limited (LCC) as the special purpose vehicle to execute and operate the 30 year toll concession, as well as appointed Hitech Construction Company Limited as the engineering procurement and construction management (EPCM) contractor.
Aurecon, along with our joint venture partners, were novated by LCC to Hitech Construction as the Designer and Quality Assurance and Quality Control for the EPCM Contractor. Works commenced in January 2007, with completion the end of 2011.
The Epe Expressway is a watershed project in that it is the first PPP and privately funded toll road project in Nigeria and holds the distinction of being the first private toll project in Africa outside of South Africa.
One of the benchmarks of this project was the execution of the works to international standards despite difficult local conditions. Lack of affordable quality materials in the local market as well as long delays and high costs on the importation of specialist items; a limited local skill base in terms of contractor staff and specialist sub-contractors; and high traffic volumes and rainfall were just some of the challenges encountered.
Aurecon’s deployment of suitably qualified and experienced staff who could deal with the local conditions and challenges as well as excellent support from Aurecon’s South African design team contributed significantly to the overall success of an infrastructure project which will continue to contribute to the safety of Nigerian commuters over many years to come.