The contract for the EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) of the Permanent Residential Housing Project for Angola LNG workers in the city of Soyo, Zaire province in northern Angola, totalling US$227 million, was signed by Angola LNG and MSF Engenharia Angola, Lda. (MSF Angola) in March, 2012.
The project, to be carried out by an MSF-led consortium (50%) and the Angolan branch of Soares da Costa (50%), is scheduled for completion in 36 months, with the first houses due to be delivered during the first four months of 2014.
The project is set out on an 80-hectare plot of land on which MSF will build a number of residential and services buildings, erecting a small city for workers and their families, needed due to the lack of available housing in the city of Soyo. The gross construction area will be a total 51,105 m2, including 228 apartments (two and three bedrooms), 89 houses (from two to five bedrooms), primary and secondary schools, a clinic, warehouses and other buildings, a sports hall / fitness centre, semi-Olympic swimming pool, football pitches,tennis and basketball courts. Landscaping and infrastructure services will cover 486,000 m2.
Angola LNG is a company, originally set up by several large oil companies (Sonangol, Chevron, BP, Total and ENI), for exploration and processing of liquid natural gas in the region, including processing capacity of almost 30 million cubic metres of gas per day for the domestic and international markets. ALNG is therefore responsible for the biggest ever investment into a single project in Angola, with the inclusion of a residential area for its staff.