The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing has shared a number of pictures showing the progress of construction of the multi-million dollar Bodo – Bonny Bridges and road which span about 38 kilometers, through massive marshlands and swampy areas. The works also include the construction of cross culverts, two mini bridges with a span of 23 meters each; two creek bridges namely Afa Creek Bridge of about 530 meters length and Nanabie Creek Bridge of about 640 m length, and a bridge over a major river, which is a 750 meter length over the Opobo Channel. The three hundred and thirty three million US dollars (US $333m) project will pass through Bodo, Afo, Opobo and Nanabie, all the way to Bonny. The project, to which Nigeria Liquefied Gas (NLNG) contributed US $167m consequent to the Executive Order 007 by the president, Muhammadu Buhari, will be jointly funded by the Federal Government, Julius Berger, and NLNG, and is expected to be completed before August 2022.
The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd (NLNG) is jointly owned by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC, 49% shares), Shell Petroleum (25.6%), Total LNG Nigeria Ltd (15%), and ENI (10.4%).
The Bodo-Bonny road is a milestone infrastructure development project for the advancement of the Niger Delta. It will connect the Bonny Island to the the rest of the Rivers State mainland. The Island is a key industrial area for not just the State Government, but the Federal Government as well.
Julius Berger, who are also contributing to the project as part of a tripartite agreement with the Federal Government and the NLNG, the project is one of the most daunting Nigeria will ever build, with construction challenges due to the low lying marshes, muddy and swampy soil conditions and considerable tidal movements. They added that “Substantial dredging activities and a number of specialized soil stabilization methodologies are being carried out. Incremental launching is utilized for bridge construction. The highly mechanized method consists of manufacturing the superstructure of the bridge by sections in a prefabrication area behind one of the abutments with each new unit concreted directly against the preceding one – after it has hardened the resultant structure is launched forward over temporary sliding bearings.”
The waterways that connect the Bonny Island to the mainlands and Port Harcourt has been plagued with the threats of sea pirates who kidnap people for ransom and cause mayhem in the event of not getting ransom. This, among other problems for commuters and residents, has made the speedy completion of this massive project a priority.