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Julius Berger is a Nigerian construction company. They specialize in executing complex works that require the highest levels of technical expertise.

Their core competencies cover all project phases, including planning, design, engineering, construction, maintenance and operation, for building, infrastructure and industry projects.

The company’s first project in Nigeria was in 1965. Ever since then it had undertaken and implemented numerous state-of-the-art construction projects and technologies.

Julius Berger is headquartered in Abuja, with additional permanent locations in Lagos and Uyo.





Listed below are 30 key projects that Julius Berger PLC has done in Nigeria.

 

Second Mainland Bridge or “Eko Bridge” – 1965

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In August 1965, the Julius Berger undertook its first project in Nigeria. It was the construction of the Second Mainland Bridge also known as the Eko Bridge in Lagos. Shehu Shagari approved the project when he was a Minister of Works in Nigeria’s First Republic.

The cost of the bridge construction was N31.2m.

This milestone marked the beginning of Julius Berger’s success story in Nigeria.

The bridge at the time was Africa’s longest bridge. Gen. Yakubu Gowon commissioned the project in 1968.

 





Niger Bridge Repair – 1970

Julius Berger repaired the Niger Bridge. The bridge connects Onitsha in Anambra State with Asaba in Delta State. The bridge suffered damages during the Nigerian Civil War. Using a temporary bailey structure, the company was able to quickly support Nigeria to reconnect the East and West of the country. The project lasted for just seven weeks.

Itoikin-Epe Road Construction – 1972

Lagos State Government awarded the contract for the construction of the 28 km Itoikin-Epe road and bridge to Julius Berger. The contract included the construction of four small bridges.

 

Construction Of Volkswagen Assembly Plant – 1973

Julius Berger was awarded its first contract to build an industry. This was when it built the original Volkswagen assembly plant in Ojo, Lagos in 1975. The contract included the construction of the plant facility and ancillary buildings.

 

Falomo Bridge – 1974

Julius Berger constructed the 920m Falomo Bridge in Lagos. The bridge is an integral part of the traffic network plan for Lagos. It connects Kingsway Road on Ikoyi Island with Victoria Island, crossing Five Cowrie Creek.

 

Lagos-Ibadan Expressway – 1978

In August 1978, Nigeria’s Chief of Staff of the Supreme Headquarters (1976 –1979) Brigadier Shehu Musa Yaradua officially commissioning the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The Lagos–Ibadan Expressway is a 127.6-kilometre-long (79.3 mi) expressway. It connects Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State and Lagos. Work on the expressway started in 1975.

Lagos Ring Road  – 1975

Julius Berger won the contract for the construction of the vast Lagos Inner Ring Road system known as “the liberating ring”.  The contract involved the planning and construction of the modern ring road system around the city centre on Lagos Island. The construction involved extensive land-reclamation and piling works.

Jebba Road Bridge –  1976

In 1976, the Jebba Road Bridge was commissioned. It serves as a vital infrastructure that opened up the North-South highway trunk, from Niger State to Lagos.

 

Lagos-Badagry Expressway – 1977

The Lagos-Badagry road was first conceptualized as the Eric Moore-Badagry road in 1974.  It was commissioned in 1977.

Tin Can Port – 1977

Julius Berger was invited to build a new port at Tin Can Island. Close to 6,000 staff work around the clock for months at a stretch. This made it possible to achieve the unbelievable feat of constructing the modern port facility against a very challenging time schedule. The port had 8 berths in total.

 

Warri Port Complex  – 1979

Warri port was completed to support the development of the oil & gas industry. The port comprises six berths. It offers a real transhipment alternative to the bottleneck in Lagos ports.

 

FCT –  1980 -1985

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Works on the infrastructure of the new capital, Abuja began in the early ’80s. It started with a Bailey bridge, which enables free movement of larger vehicles and trucks in and out of Abuja. Julius Berger constructed the bridge.

 

Sapele Port – 1980

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Julius Berger constructed the Sapele Port. The port comprises six 200 m berths.

 

Warri Bypass – 1981

Julius Berger was responsible for the civil works and construction of the Warri bypass. Thus completing the port-hinterland route in 1981.

 

Abuja (Central Area) – 1983

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Work on Abuja’s Central Area, Phase I commences.  About 11, 000 of Julius Berger’s 20,000 employees worked on the site. It was likely the largest construction site in all of Africa at the time.

 

Niger River Road Bridge/Ajaokuta Bridge – 1985

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The Niger River Bridge in today’s Kogi state is a very special bridge in Nigeria. It links the South-South, South-East and the northern part of the country. The construction work started in 1980 and was completed in 1985.

 

Maitama District and Central Area Phase II – 1987

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The infrastructure of Abuja’s Maitama District and Central Area Phase II works commences. It includes the design and construction of the complete infrastructure of a residential area of 900 ha, comprising more than 1,200,000 m² of highways, feeders and residential roads, including the construction of 12 major concrete road bridges

 

Itakpe-Ajaokuta railway project – 1988 (Ongoing)

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Itakpe-Ajaokuta railway project commences in order to connect ore mines to the steel mills. Works for the 51 km long railway line includes eleven bridges with spans ranging from 11 m to 33 m and four road underpasses of six-meter clearance.

 

Zungeru roads and bridge – 1989

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In 1989, the Zungeru roads and bridge were completed. The construction of the 10-km long road bypassing the Zungeru town, including two bridges.

 

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja – 1998 – 2000

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Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja is the main airport serving the Nigerian capital city, Abuja. The construction of the airport began in 2000.

 

Shell’s Osubi Airport in Warri – 1999

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Osubi Airstrip is an airport serving the city of Warri in Delta State. It is about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) northeast of the city. Julius Berger was awarded the contract by Shell. It was commissioned on 1 April 1999.

 

New Atlas Cove jetty – 2002

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Julius Berger constructed the New Atlas Cove jetty in the Lagosharbour basin. They got the EPC Contract for the construction of a berthing and offloading jetty for 50,000 DWT vessels. The scope includes two platforms and a 520 m long access trestle accommodating a service road and pipe racks.

 

Tombia Bridge – 2002

Tombia Bridge crosses over the Nun River. The intention of the 639m bridge was to open up Bayelsa State to development.

 

Construction Of Floating Petrol Stations – 2007

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Julius Berger did the design, procurement, turnkey construction and delivery of six floating petrol filling stations in the Niger Delta area.

Airport Road, Abuja Rehabilitation and Expansion – 2010

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Julius Berger rehabilitated and expanded the Airport Road in Abuja. It was expanded to a ten-lane highway across its entire 26.5 km length.

Uyo Ring Road – 2012

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A dual main carriageway in Uyo town, both sides with service roads, medium, shoulder, kerbs, street lighting, culverts and drains for dewatering, inclusive one flyover.

Admiralty Alexander Link-Bridge/Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge – 2013

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Julius Berger constructed West Africa’s first cable-stayed bridge. The Admiralty-Alexander Link Bridge also referred to as the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge comprises a 1,357 m long 4-lane bridge, two main spans suspended from a 91 m high pylon and 28 stay cables.  The Lagos State government awarded Julius Berger in 2009.

 

Second River Niger Bridge – 2012 (Ongoing)

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The Second Niger bridge is a Nigerian Federal Government project that is 1.6 km (0.99 mi) long. It is furnished with other ancillary infrastructure including a 10.3 km (6.4 mi) highway, Owerri interchange and a toll station.

 

3 flyover bridges in Port Harcourt – 2019 (Ongoing)

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The Rivers State government awarded Julius Berger the contract to construct three flyover bridges in the state capital.

 

Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Road – 2017 (Ongoing)

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Julius Berger is reconstructing the 375.9 km of the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano-Dual Carriageway.

 

 

Notable mentions:

In addition to the above; Julius Berger PLC has constructed also constructed the following: Delta Steel plant (1978),  Pankshin Dam and water treatment plan in Plateau State (1981),  Ajaokuta steel plant,  the Jos Steel Rolling Mill (1983), Abuja’s International Conference Centre (1990), Federal Secretariat Ministry Building (1992), National Assembly Annex (1993), Ikot Abasi aluminium smelter plant (1996), Civil works and jetty for NLNG trains 1 & 2 on Bonny Island (1996), Louis Edet House, Nigeria Police Force Headquarters (1998),  National Stadium and Velodrome – (2003), Akwa Ibom Stadium Complex (2014),  Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, Agege Motor Road, Lagos to Ibadan expressway,  Dangote Jetty, Apapa.

 





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