New figures released by GlobalData show that the energy and utility construction project pipeline in Middle East and North Africa is healthier than that of any other region, while in Latin America the sector is struggling to meet deadlines.

Middle East and North Africa has a score of 1.21 in GlobalData’s January 2022 Construction Project Momentum Index, which provides an assessment of the health of the construction project pipeline at all stages of development from announcement through to completion.

Every construction project in GlobalData’s database is assigned a score of between 5 and -5 based on its current progress, a score which is continually updated over time. These are then weighted by the value of each project in order to come to overall scores for countries, regions and sectors.

Also performing well are China (1.09) and Australasia (0.98). The Middle East and North Africa region has seen the greatest improvement, with its score on the index rising from 0.51 in December 2021 to 1.21 in January 2022.

Meanwhile, China has made the most significant recovery from the pandemic. The region's score on GlobalData's Construction Project Momentum index has, when it comes to energy and utility projects, gone from an average of 0.14 at the height of the pandemic (March-December 2020) to 1.09 in January 2022.

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Which regions are struggling?

While the construction sector in the Middle East and North Africa may be thriving, in Latin America the situation is less positive. Latin America has a score of just 0.11 in GlobalData's Construction Project Momentum Index, indicating frequent project delays and cancellations.

Also struggling to fulfill energy and utility construction projects on time are Sub-Saharan Africa (0.2) and North America (0.25). North America has seen the sharpest deterioration in recent months, with its score on the index falling from 0.44 in December 2021 to 0.25 in January 2022.

Meanwhile, North-East Asia has had the weakest recovery from the pandemic. The region's score on GlobalData's Construction Project Momentum index has gone from an average of 0.5 at the height of the pandemic (March-December 2020) to 0.46 in January 2022.

The Construction Project Momentum Index

GlobalData's Construction Project Momentum Index is based on analysis of thousands of individual construction projects around the world. Each project is continually monitored for updates, with updates indicating progress increasing the project's score while updates indicating delays or cancellations reduce the score. The score always sits between 5, the best possible score, and -5, the worst.

The scores for individual projects are then weighted based on their significance in order to create combined indices for each region or sector. Events that can reduce a project's score include the project being cancelled or put on hold, delays, the rejection of applications or tender bids or the reducing of the project's scope. Events that can increase a project's score on the index, by contrast, include the completion or commencement of construction, the awarding of major contracts, or the approval of applications.