Dawnus International Limited is delighted to receive a 2014 Queen’s Award for International Trade. Dawnus is a civil engineering and building company that has carried out numerous major projects in West Africa in recent years.
Dawnus Construction was founded in 2001 and has been carrying out civil engineering and building works across Wales and England since its inception. In 2010 we began our first project overseas, a major project in support of iron ore mining, and turnover from overseas projects has risen from £17.7m in 2010 to £83.8m in 2012, an increase of 470%.
In 2013 Dawnus International Ltd was made a separate company within the Dawnus Group to reflect the success of our international operations, with international operations now accounting for approximately 45% of our Group turnover.
Dawnus has based all its operations on the principle of direct works delivery. We employ an in-house labour force of operatives and tradesmen, and maintain significant plant holdings, which we use to deliver the majority of our projects.
We have continued to use this approach on our international operations. Since beginning work in West Africa in 2010, we have employed over 2,500 people in Sierra Leone, Senegal, and Liberia, and provided training to UK standards in a variety of trades and disciplines. Our local content plan is a key strategy and the development of capacity and capability of our national workforce benefits both Dawnus, the national employees and the host countries. We employ all our overseas employees under Fair Trade conditions.
We have also used our own plant holdings in West Africa, and we currently have over 450 machines in Africa, supplemented by over 400 lighter ancillary vehicles, maintained by a dedicated team of plant fitters recruited and trained from the local area. Notably, every unit of plant is operated by a national operator.
Wherever possible we aim to participate in initiatives to bring benefits to local communities. We encourage our staff to get involved and generate ideas for community improvement and investment, and we employ dedicated Community Liaison and Corporate Social Responsibility Managers to foster good relationships with communities, and to provide community benefits.
Community and CSR initiatives we have contributed to include the construction of training academies at our projects, construction of schools, children’s centres, hospitals and medical facilities, construction of boreholes to provide communities with clean water, providing funding for teachers and doctors and charity fundraising and donations to local communities.
In 2010 Dawnus was awarded a major road and rail refurbishment project in support of iron ore mining at Tonkolili in Sierra Leone. Our initial six month contract was for £3.1m, for rail refurbishment work; this was then extended to a nine-month contract worth £52m. Due to our performance on these contracts, we have been awarded over £187m of work at Tonkolili Mine over 3 years, including extensive infrastructure works at the mine site.
Following our success in Sierra Leone, in 2011 we were appointed to carry out a £13.3m earthworks contract in Senegal, and were subsequently awarded a further civils contract worth £9.6m, works at Dakar port worth £3.3m, and miscellaneous work packages including site clearance, concrete and steelwork erection works, worth around £500,000.
In 2012 we commenced a second major contract in Sierra Leone, involving infrastructure and contract mining works at Marampa Iron Ore mine, valued at £125m.
In January this year Dawnus began a £4m contract at the Mount Coffee Hydroelectric Dam project in Liberia. The overall scheme involves the rehabilitation of the Hydropower Plant is a hydro-electric facility, which was built in the 1960s, but was extensively damaged during Liberia’s Civil War, and has been unable to generate power since the 1990s. The overall rehabilitation project will transform the existing site to a working hydroelectric scheme that will provide cost effective electricity to Liberia’s capital, Monrovia and the surrounding area.
Dawnus International Limited
Unit 1-7, Dyffryn Court, Riverside Business Park
Swansea Vale, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA7 0AP
Tel: +44 (0)1792 781870 Fax: +44 (0)1792 781867