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Construction of the 5* hotel in Chad

Supply and installation of heavy-current and low-current structural power lines.

The main lines in the individual buildings are placed in cable trays, which – considering that the structure is located in Central Africa – comply with the requirements of a tropical climate. 230,000 m of cables were used for heavy-current power lines within this structure.

5* hotel, N’Djamena

The necessity of infrastructure development on the African continent made it possible for BK group to expand to this market in 2010 and contribute to the development of the country of Chad, located in Central Africa. From 2013 – 2015, BK group participated in the construction of the 5* hotel in the capital N’Djamena through the supply and installation of electrical installations. The complex consists of five functional facilities – a hotel, kitchen, conference centre, negotiation centre, and energy centre with a total surface of 38,230 m². The seven-storey hotel building houses 175 rooms, including suites, two restaurants, bars, and offices. The three-storey conference centre building consists of several small rooms and one large negotiation room named the ‘Hemicycle,’ dominating the building with its round floor plan.

Scope of cooperation

All specialised activities within this project were carried out in cooperation with the Belgian CFE group. Our task was to supply and install heavy-current power lines, install low-current power lines, grounding, and lightning protection of the structure. The overall performance of the installed structure is 3.2 MVA, ensured by two high-voltage transformers with a performance of 1,600 kVA. To ensure continuous power supply to the structure, we used 3 standby diesel generators with a performance of 800 kVA each. This equipment is located in the energy centre building and is connected to the individual facilities of the complex.

Through coordinated cooperation between the technical department and logistics in Slovakia and the local team in Chad, we were able to ensure the supply and installation of equipment in compliance with French standards while meeting an ambitious deadline.

The overall performance of the installed structure is 3.2 MVA, ensured by two high-voltage transformers with a performance of 1,600 kVA.

To ensure continuous power supply to the structure, we used 3 standby diesel generators with a performance of 800 kVA each.

Project challenges

Tropical climate

Based on the fact that the structure is located in a Central African country, it was our task to supply equipment complying with the requirements regarding operational capability in a tropical climate with high temperatures, high dust formation, and significant air humidity.

Quality

The design stage and the subsequent implementation stage on the part of BK group complied with French technical standards, which required a careful selection of suppliers and material.

Human factor

Local conditions required a high level of resilience on the part of our employees, who demonstrated their professionalism and skill through their work in a foreign-language environment – both in contact with the Client, as well as in the management of our local subcontractors.

Our services can be provided regardless of the distance from our headquarters, as was the case with N’Djamena, located 7,021 km from Piešťany.

The total surface of the 5* hotel, consisting of five functional facilities, is 38,230 m².

Our logistics department supplied 125,635 kg of material for electrical installations via road, maritime, and air transport from Europe to Africa.

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A major challenge in the course of the construction was the planning and management of the logistics of material supply. Our specialist logistics team worked continuously to ensure a constant supply of material in order to maintain the continuity of work and to prevent delays in its execution.

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