SYSTEM GROUP side by side with the CONTRACTORS of the 1st “SMART CITY” of  the African continent

[The Konza project (KENYA)]

“Smart City Konza” is one of the most interesting and innovative project in the country and the first “smart city” on the African continent, created by ICM Group – Impresa Costruzioni Maltauro, one of the top Italian players in the construction sector that includes companies active in major civil, industrial and infrastructural engineering works.

Konza will be a smart city, with an integrated urban information and communication technology (ICT) network that supports delivery of connected urban services and allows for efficient management of those services on a large scale.

Located seventy kilometres from the capital Nairobi, the Smart City will cover an area of 2000 hectares.

The scope of projects includes the construction of:

Residences and social housing, offices, schools and an efficient green transport system.

The city will respect the highest standards of energy saving and will adopt sustainable architectural solutions and advanced technologies.

Konza will also host a state-of-the-art technology hub with research centres and hi-tech University and campus, thus contributing to the socio-economic development of one of Africa’s most promising countries, with a pioneering project in the African context.




The ICM Group was involved in the first phase of the project, carrying out the urbanization works of about 170 acres that will host the first buildings. The main works were:

– Design and construction of 40 km of roads

– Parks and water purification plants

– Waste treatment plants and automatic waste collection system

– Some public buildings such as police stations and fire stations.

In this context, for the Hydraulic infrastructure, evaluating all possible solutions, Polyethylene has been chosen as preferred material for the construction of the networks.

Why were the Polyethylene pipes chosen?

  • Adaptability: the pipe adapts easily to soil movements, without inducing overstress that could cause it to rupture. Displacements caused by seismic waves are well tolerated. The pipeline is ideal for the laying of underwater pipelines as it adapts to the changes of seabed conditions.

  • Flexibility: the static and dynamic loads are distributed mainly on the ground, reducing the mechanical stresses on the pipes. Trench installation has been performed after the joining operations have been carried out outside the trench, in easier and safer working conditions.

  • Wrapping: the hose can be produced in long sections and can easily be transported. The number of welds required for the installation of the network is reduced, with obvious advantages in terms of cost and time savings.

  • Curvability: the pipes are easily adapting to the trench layout allowing fast installation. It allows the installation with trenchless technologies for the rehabilitation of damaged pipelines, due to the good resistance to damage.

  • Sustainability




SYSTEM GROUP – Your reliable partner for major works

For the project, System Group has provided:

  • MAGNUM DWC pipe  from DN 300 to DN 1000

  • SGK spiral pipe  from DI 1200 to DI 1400

  • Custom-sized parts

  • Fibre optic TRI-TUBO

  • Welding courses for PE material (especially for SGK)

Precisely for this last service, it has been impossible to send welders from Italy (during the works we were hit by the pandemic linked to COVID-19), so we supported the operators on African soil through on-line webinar and meeting where real welding courses were held, provided by SG technical department.

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