Knoxville, TN, December 18, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- RELYANT LLC a Maryville, TN firm has secured a $200M contract to provide construction services in Libreville, Gabon a West African nation. Baghdad Kabi BTP, a Gabonese Construction Management company working directly for the Government of Gabon and Messodie International, a finance organization focusing on Central and West Africa, signed a final contract worth over $200 million with the Maryville firm. RELYANT will build the key supporting infrastructure and horizontal infrastructure in support of the Bikele Housing Project on the outskirts of Libreville, Gabon, to include roads, water delivery systems, electrical hookups, waste management and concrete home foundations home sites. The Bikele Housing Project is a vital step in the Gabonese government's plan to alleviate the severe housing shortage throughout this country of over a million and a half inhabitants.
“Regarding housing and in order to address the strong demand for housing in Gabon…a new town development scheme is being put in place, based on urban planning master plans containing a range of housing options for all income brackets, as well as hospitals and public buildings, roads, schools, green areas and shops.” The President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, stated during his speech to the Gabonese people on Gabon’s Independence Day, August 17, 2012.
RELYANT LLC was awarded the contract to build out the housing project in a partnership with the Gabonese Prime contractor; Kabi BTP and finance firm Messodie International, stemming from a 2009 initiative by H.E. Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon.
RELYANT Chief Executive Officer Dan Smith is hopeful work will being shortly after in the New Year. “In being a part of this noble effort,” said Smith, “I can state without hesitation on behalf of the entire RELYANT team that we hope to not only raise the standard of living for the Gabonese people but strengthen the bond between our two great Nations."
RELYANT Chief Marketing Officer Brigadier General (Retired) Steve Anderson added, "As a 31 year Army veteran accustomed to bringing the construction and logistics acumen of the US to bear on the challenge of providing high quality of life for our soldiers, it gives me great pride to be part of an effort to do the same for the people of Gabon.” He continues, “It will certainly be an honor and a pleasure to work in the beautiful country of Gabon and leverage our experience overcoming challenges in Iraq and Afghanistan to construct the vital Bikele Housing Project in the Libreville suburbs.”
Gabon is a West African country located on the equator, a major exporter of oil with miles of pristine coastline and aspirations of becoming a prime eco-tourism spot as well as a leader in implementation of green technology in the near future.
The contract calls for RELYANT to provide engineering, management, and infrastructure as well as the horizontal construction of 6500 homes which is projected to take 17 months to complete.
Gabon, a major exported of oil, faces an acute shortage of housing and needs over four hundred thousand (400,000) new homes for its growing population, officials said.