CCCC plans for infrastructure development in Namibia and beyond

By Uaueza Kanguatjivi (in Changshu City, Suzhou City, China)

China Communications Construction Company plans to build roads and bridges in Namibia.

CCCC is a Chinese multinational company that designs and builds transportation infrastructure, mainly ports, highways, bridges, and marine engineering projects. It’s one of the biggest construction businesses globally, having worked on several significant local and international infrastructure projects in China.

The BRI has been a significant driver of infrastructure development across various countries and regions, and the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) has played a pivotal role in realizing the goals of this initiative.

Through its involvement in over 1,000 projects along the Belt and Road routes, CCCC has contributed to the social and economic development of these areas while also fostering cultural exchanges and talent development.

In response to a question posed by Confidente, CCCC’s Executive Director of Brand and Culture Department Zha Changmiao said “CCCC is actively and heavily involved in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Ever since the initiative was introduced by President Xi Jinping CCCC has built more than USD 100 Billion projects for the initiative.

“We built harbours, we built bridges, roads, tunnels across and along the route of the BRI. In Kenya for example the Mombasa railway was built by CCCC and also some roads in Cameroon, harbours in Nigeria and we actually built more then 30 000 km roads in Africa,” Zha said.

“Whenever you talk about railways, harbours, tunnels or bridges there is CCCC’s presence. The biggest bridge in Mozambique was actually also built by CCCC.

“The BRI is a shared, joint initiative this means China and African countries will take a joint effort to build a better future for both of us. As you can see ever since the foundation of PRC, the Chinese people have made great effort to build our country,” Zha added.

“CCCC is able and has the capacity to build the future together with African countries, so let us join hands and work together for a better future.

“Also note that there are currently CCCC projects currently taking place in your country,” Zha said.

In terms of infrastructure projects, (CCCC) is in the lead: Kenya’s, better communication due to the Standard Gauge Railway. Enhancing links between the islands is the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge project. Trade is boosted in Mozambique through the development of the Maputo Port. Nigeria improves transit and lessens traffic across the Second Niger Bridge. While Cameroon’s Kribi Deep-Sea Port expands its commercial capability.

In line with the objectives of the Belt and Road Initiative, CCCC promotes global connectivity and economic growth through these programs.

One crucial aspect of infrastructure development is the construction of tunnels, which are essential for various purposes such as transportation, utilities, and mining. CCCC Tianhe (CCCCTH), a subsidiary of CCCC, specializes in the design, production, and research and development of cutting-edge tunnel boring technology. As pioneers in the field of super-large TBMs, CCCCTH plays a crucial role in enabling the construction of tunnels in challenging geological conditions efficiently and effectively.

Claiming to be a leader in the design, production, research and development, and design of cutting-edge tunnel boring technology, CCCC Tianhe (CCCCTH), a subsidiary of CCCC, is primarily involved in the design of Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM), Research and Development (R&D design), the manufacturing of marine workboats, and providing of services in the transportation and infrastructure sectors.

They also claim to be pioneers in the field of super-large TBMs. Large-scale infrastructure projects frequently need specialized machinery that can operate in difficult geological conditions and do so efficiently.

TBMs are essential pieces of machinery used in the construction of tunnels for a variety of uses, such as underground utility corridors, railways, hydro-power plants, highway, railway, mining, municipal construction, subway intercity rails and transportation infrastructure.

China has made significant investments in the development of infrastructure, and the CCCC is at the forefront of technological breakthroughs in this field.

With client satisfaction as its first priority, CCCCTH takes pleasure in providing a 360-degree all-around service. The subsidiary also assembles a team of professional’s to provide TBM construction methods and consulting and technical decisions for customers.

Providing diverse technical and practical programs to facilitate the building of underground tunnels and establishing a platform for TBM operators to promote their quality.

During tunnelling, the CCCTH offers round-the-clock escort and maintenance, in addition to installation, commissioning, and job-site shifting. It has a skilled and dedicated after-sale support team that can offer top-notch services to clients in China and other countries.

Responding to a question posed by Confidente as to why CCCCTH uses robots for welding production  Zha said “the reason behind using robots to do the production job, one can maintain stable quality of the parts that will be used for the TBM’s and secondly it reduces a lot of man-power.

“The robots are now doing the job for our team and our team will be more experienced and skilful to handle the device in there. Which also helps increase the income of our workers for each production line,” Zha added.

With an annual manufacturing capacity of over 160 shield machines—including ones with diameters of up to 18 meters—and 50,000 tons of massive steel structures, CCCC Tianhe is a manufacturing facility of astounding stature. This wide range represents the company’s dedication to adaptability and innovation and meets a variety of tunneling demands.