Growing interests on developing African Railways added with a Tanzania’s new project launch which will link the Indian Ocean.
Dar es Salaam — Tanzanian President John Magufuli has laid a foundation stone for the new 300km Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). He officially launched construction on April 12 of the first phase of the country’s 2561km standard-gauge railway project which will eventually link the Indian Ocean port of Dar es Salaam with Mwanza on Lake Victoria and Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika, as well as neighbouring Rwanda and Burundi.
Initially the 205km first phase will run from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro and is expected to be completed in 2019. A $US 1.2bn contract to build this section was awarded to Yapi Merkezi, Turkey, and Mota-Engil, Portugal, in February.
Korea’s national railway operator Korail awarded a contract by Tanzania’s Rail Assets Holding Company on to provide consultancy services. Korail will supervising the design and construction of the standard-gauge line from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza. At start they will begin working on the first section.
Once completed, the modern railway will be able to transport 10,000 tonnes of cargo at once. Also its passenger train will travel at the speed of 160km per hour’. Also it will have six stations including a dry port at Ruvu. The line is expected to carry 17 million tonnes of freight annually.