In recent years Africa has experienced a dramatic surge in activity in the construction and engineering sector. In addition to rapidly growing urbanisation, output in the natural resources sector has increased and investment in mega projects is booming.
Members of chambers have been called upon to provide specialist advice and services in connection with projects across the entire continent. An overview of recent involvement is set out below:
- A North African energy project dispute in the Maghreb region and governed by local law, and a case in West Africa about the termination of a contract to build the West African gas pipeline.
- An arbitration about an oil and gas project off the coast of West Africa.
- In South Africa our involvement includes a dispute about mining in Mozambique, an LCIA arbitration between a South African contractors and West African government about a luxury housing development, a South African arbitration concerning the construction of the Bokka Dam in Botswana, and an arbitration relating to a dispute about an oil and gas business in Namibia.
- In East Africa we have participated in an arbitration (Dubai seat) about a contract to design and build a sugar processing plant in Eritrea and governed by Eritrean law, and a London arbitration between a Tanzanian government agency and Kenyan consulting engineers over the termination of a contract for port expansion works in Tanzania.