A framework for salvaging megaprojects in Africa based on a case study of a refinery and petrochemical complex project

Victor Adejo Okenyi, Abdul-Quayyum Gbadamosi*, Oladimeji Olawale, Kehinde Joseph Alawode, Adekansola Labo-Popoola

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Navigating megaprojects to successful completion in low- and middle-income countries is fraught with challenges, often leading to numerous abandoned or underutilised projects. This study bridges a research gap by proposing a framework for salvaging distressed megaprojects using Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), derived from literature review, critical reflection, and expert consultation. The IPD framework offers strategies for immediate
and sustained recovery of troubled megaprojects, including refining procurement strategies, restructuring organisational architecture, and leveraging IPD best practices. This research aids key decision-makers in understanding failure causes and equips them with strategies to salvage failing projects. It contributes to the global discourse on sustainable project management, aligning with UN’s SDGs, specifically SDG 9, 8 and 17. The framework can also contribute to Africa Union’s Agenda 2063, fostering infrastructure and economic development. This study provides an innovative solution to enhance the success rates of ongoing megaprojects, aligning with broader sustainable development objectives
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere01723
Number of pages15
JournalScientific African
Early online date19 May 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2023

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