Terrain Services Ltd is a medium sized construction company incorporated in September 1997. Although initially based in Kampala, Uganda, from 2005 the majority of their work has been located in South Sudan.

REIDsteel has worked with Terrain since March 2008. Together, working with The Louis Berger Group we embarked on the USAID funded Sudan Infrastructure Services Project (SISP) to build 8 bridges across the 192km stretch of Juba-Nimule Road. These bridges ranged from 12 to 50m long.

During Sudan’s civil war, much of the infrastructure of the recently formed country of South Sudan was destroyed.

The construction of these bridges along the only paved highway in South Sudan enables development of the country. They allow transportation and trade to flow easily and efficiently to South Sudan, through Uganda from the port of Mombasa, Kenya.

Last year, Terrain expanded outside of South Sudan by gaining bridge projects local to their headquarters and further construction opportunities in East Africa.

When Ugandan coffee company, Kyagalanyi needed new facilities, Terrain contacted REIDsteel to design and fabricate the complete coffee plant.

This included a combined machine room and drying area measuring over 3800m². Additional steel structures are to be used for a hopper area, wet store and coffee store and an on-site office.

Kyagalanyi Coffee Ltd is a member of the Volcafe Group, the coffee Division of ED&F Man. ED&F Man, based in London, is a specialist merchant of agricultural commodities, trading specifically in sugar, molasses and coffee.

Kyagalanyi is one of the oldest licensed coffee exporters in Uganda following the liberalisation of the Uganda coffee industry in 1992. In 2000, they became the first 9001:2008 certified coffee exporters in Uganda. They then adopted the Occupational Health and Safety 18001 (OHSAS 18001) code in 2007.

The coffee procured and washed by Kyagalanyi is certified by the Rainforest Alliance. The company’s farming is also UTZ approved for sustainability and their overall practise is praised by the 4C initiative (Common Code for the Coffee Community).

Operating from one dry mill in Kampala and another in Mbale, they produce circa 400,000 bags a year, meaning they hold a market share of 11% of all Ugandan coffee exports. This contributes to Uganda’s claim as the second biggest coffee producer in Africa (the first being Ethiopia).

Since growing to provide 22,500 metric tons  of green coffee to 30 countries around the world, Kyagalanyi is one of the leading Robusta and Arabica coffee exporters from Uganda.  They are able to do this due to the quality and quantity of coffee that 8000 farmers across Uganda produce with the company.

For now, work continues on the main factory roofing. The build should be ready for Kyagalanyi to move into and use by July 2014. The MD of Kyagalanyi is pleased to announce that, “our new [Terrain and REIDsteel] mill at Namanve will enable us to centralise all of our export processing in one site providing an economic and efficient export process”.