Angola: Somague to lead consortium with Mota-Engil for Huíla stadium

15 November 2007

Lisbon, Portugal, 15 Nov – Portuguese construction company Somague, of Spanish group Sacyr Vallehermoso, will lead the consortium with Mota-Engil for construction of the Lubango Stadium (Huíla province), Portuguese new agency Lusa reported Wednesday.

Citing an unidentified source, Lusa said that on October 31 a contract was signed with the Angolan finance ministry for construction of the 35,000-seater stadium at a cost of US$225 million.

Another project presented by the same consortium for construction of a 50,000-seater stadium is still awaiting approval.

The customer for the second project, which is unlikely to be sued for the 2010 Africa Nations Cup, is state oil company Sonangol, the same source told Lusa.

In the Huíla project, Somague and Mota-Engil will have equal stakes, but the agreement outlines that Somague will lead the consortium.

Martifer, a manufacturer of metallic structures controlled by Mota-Engil, will have a smaller stake than those of the construction companies and Arquidesign, the Angolan project company, will have a small stake in the consortium, according to the same source.

Construction of the four stadiums for the Africa Nations Cup was directly granted by the Angolan government.

The largest of the stadiums, in Luanda, with a 50,000 capacity was granted to China’s China Electronics Import & Export Corporation (CEIC), in a consortium with Britain’s Urbinvest and Arup Sport-Ar, with a project drawn up by Portuguese architecture company Mário Sua Kay.

The same consortium will also build the Benguela Stadium, with a capacity for 35,000 people, according to a recent report in newspaper, Jornal de Angola.

The fourth stadium, located in the Cabinda enclave, is the smallest with a 25,000 capacity and is the responsibility of Coreangol – Engenharia e Construção and Architects Associates, which is owned by Angolan and South Korean companies. (macauhub)