PowerChina sets up Africa regional offices in Nairobi

A view of Nairobi.
Aerial view of a section of Nairobi. PHOTO/FILE
The Power Construction Corporation of China (PowerChina) has picked Nairobi as the location for its east and southern Africa regional headquarters, further raising the Kenyan capital’s profile as a continental business hub.

PowerChina, which is primarily engaged in construction work contracting, electricity investment and operations equipment manufacturing and leasing, and real estate development operations, said it chose Nairobi due to its travel convenience as well as Kenya’s plans for huge infrastructure projects that promise future business for the company.

“Ideally the headquarters would have been in South Africa, but Kenya had easier visa access as well as a good climate and safety for us. We felt the headquarters is important to speed up our decision making,” PowerChina’s country manager Zha Rui said in a statement.

Mr Rui disclosed that the firm was scouting for land on which to build the headquarters by 2019.

PowerChina is set to build the proposed 981-megawatts Lamu coal project that was recently approved by the Energy Regulatory Commission.

The Chinese firm that was set up in 2011 has an annual capacity of 15,000 megawatts of installation of turbine generator units, one-million tonne of metal fabrication works, five million cubic metres of foundation grouting as well as 540,000 cubic metres of construction of impervious walls.

PowerChina now joins its compatriot Avic – the highly acclaimed Chinese manufacturing giant, which is building a Sh9.6 billion Africa hub in Westlands, Nairobi.

Chinese firms have in recent years undertaken some of the biggest projects in Kenya, including construction of the Two Rivers Mall on Limuru Road in Nairobi, UAP-Old Mutual Towers, Thika Road expansion among many others.