Dijkstaal Bridges on the African Continent
Dijkstaal’s bridges on the African continent can already be found in Kenya, Liberia, Ghana and the DRC. “We prefer to work as subcontractor for international active construction companies,” the Managing Director explained. “We also do that in Guinea, where Ballast Nedam has become the main EPC contractor. EPC stands for Engineering, Procurement and Construction. Ballast Nedam will also be erecting the bridges, executing the required civil works and constructing 11 kilometres of approach roads.” The Five Bridges Project, with a total value of euro 60 million, has been financed by NABC’s strategic partner Invest International under the DRIVE programme: half of the funding is a grant, while the other half is structured as a loan. Atradius DSB has covered the entire transaction.
For Dijkstaal, a SME that employs 25 people including Van Dijk and one of his two sisters, the Five Bridges Project can be a game changer. “It has cost us a lot of time and money to develop this project and if something had gone wrong we would have lost all of that.