China Overseas Engineering Group
China Overseas Engineering Group (abbreviated as COVEC and sometimes referred to as China National Overseas Engineering Corporation) is a Chinese construction and engineering company that is subsidiary of China Railway Engineering Corporation, which is organized as a large collection of engineering and design firms.
The company premiered in South Africa in 2006 when it won a 425-million rand public tender held by Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority, the state agency responsible for bulk water infrastructure. The selection of COVEC was described by a local trade publication as unsettling to the other short listed bidders, two local construction consortia. One consisted of Group Five Construction, Grinaker-LTA, Rainbow Construction and WBHO Construction; the other was Vaal Civils, made up of Concor, CCC, Kgalagadi Multi Projects, Thuso Water, SET-MAK Civils, Mascrete and Betsy Building. COVEC's bid was 25% below the lowest other bid, and as a consequence local construction companies expressed fears about downward price pressure that would end hopes they had of a strong rebound in the construction market with better profit margins.
In Morocco, COVEC built the 67 km section of the Fez-Oujda road extending from Taza to Guercif. The project presented difficulties in terrain and geology for COVEC, requiring the levelling of hills and valleys and provision of porous materials that would provide adequate drainage in a region with water absorbing soil.
- "Shock as Chinese contractor snaps up big SA water contract". Engineering News. January 26, 2006.
- "Morocco's road programme boosts economy". World Highways. September 2010.