Shoreline, Mota-Engil Agreement Births Trade, Infrastructure Firm

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A new African construction entity, Mota-Engil Nigeria, has debut to catalyse growth in the local market by focusing on the execution of construction contracts and trade enabling infrastructure.

Mota-Engil Nigeria is being positioned to become a reference operator in the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) sector, and will leverage the network and capacity of its parent companies to compete in the development of critical trade enabling infrastructure in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa.

The emergence of Mota-Engil Nigeria is the result of a joint venture agreement between the Shoreline Group, and Mota-Engil Africa, a subsidiary of the Mota-Engil Group.

The Chairman, Shoreline Group, Kola Karim, and Chief Executive Officer, Mota-Engil Africa, Manuel Mota, signed the joint venture agreement on the sidelines of the recently concluded Afreximbank Annual Meetings in Abuja.

The Bank was also retained by the Shoreline Group to serve as financial adviser for the transaction.

Under the terms of the agreement, Shoreline will get 51 per cent of the interests in the new entity, while Mota-Engil Africa will keep the remaining 49 per cent.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, Afreximbank’s Executive Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Banking, Amr Kamel, said Africa is the major beneficiary of “this great alliance of two industrial colossuses for development of trade enabling infrastructure and facilitation of intra-regional trade in the sub-Saharan region.”

According to Kamel, the joint venture is aligned with Afreximbank’s medium-term strategy, especially as it relates to the promotion of intra-African trade as well as to industrialisation and export development.

Witnessing the signing ceremony were the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment of Nigeria, Aisha Abubakar, and Lamido Sanusi Lamido, Emir of Kano, and Chairman of Mota Engil Nigeria, represented by Nasiru Wada.

The Shoreline Group, founded in 1997, with head office in Lagos, and an additional office in London, has operations across sub-Saharan Africa.

Its portfolio of 16 operating companies, with more than 3,000 employees, includes Costain West Africa, Shoreline Power, GASLAND, and TAFL as well as others in the oil and gas sector.

Mota-Engil Africa, with more than 11,000 employees, is a major engineering and construction company, and part of the multinational Mota-Engil Group, whose experience in the construction industry dates back more than 70 years.

The Mota-Engil Group also operates in North America, and Europe and has significant engineering business presence in Latin American.

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