PROJECT PROFILE 1
CLIENT: NIGERIAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS LIMITED
TITLE: DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF 38KM OPTIC FIBRE LINK BETWEEN THE NITEL EXCHANGES IN WUSE AND MADALLA
ADL Solutions Managing Director led the team that won the contract in Telnet from NITEL to construct concrete encased Optic Fibre connection between Wuse exchanges in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and the repeater station at Madalla, in Niger State.
The contract was awarded following a competitive bid involving the major global telecommunication vendors in 2004. The project was effectively commenced in Q2, 2005 after the Letters of credit were regularised and customs duty for materials duly settled by the client.
The project included survey, engineering design, procurement, installation and commissioning of the fibre cable link. To facilitate the project, approvals from relevant authorities in the FCTA was obtained on behalf of NITEL (the client). The approval processes included:
- Revalidation of the right of way granted to NITEL by theFCTA with the Federal Capital Development Authority(FCDA).
- The authorisation from Federal Ministry of works on theexact side of road the road and conditions for road crossings. In most cases, road crossings were by thrust boring.96 core fibre optic cable was deployed over the route distance of 40 Kilometre. The actual distance of the cable route exceeded the initial distance of 38Km captured in thecontract.
The route on the project had to be redirected as a result of major road expansion work that the FCT Ministry embarked upon during the life of the project. This led to the increase in the actual delivered distance of the project.
ELP Civil works in Abuja area proved to be an interesting challenge. Since Abuja is a city largely built on rocks, this had severe impact on the work progress and the resource commitment.
The link was delivered and became operational by end 2005, and effectively handed over to NITEL in Q1, 2006.