Friday, 2 March 2018
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) — The government of Tanzania has awarded a 1.92 billion U.S. dollars contract to a Turkish firm to construct a 336-kilometer standard gauge railway (SGR) line from Morogoro to Makutupora in the east African nation’s political capital Dodoma. … „The new railway line will have a capacity of transporting 17 million tonnes of cargo each year, with a 35 tonne axle load capacity.
„It will be used by electric trains moving at a speed of 160 kilometers per hour,“ added the statement. … The Tanzanian government wants the new standard gauge railway to replace the existing narrow gauge railway line built some 112 years ago.
In February this year, the same Yapi Merkezi company was awarded by the government a deal worth 1.22 billion dollars in joint venture with a Portuguese company to build a 300-kilometer SGR line from the port of Dar es Salaam to Morogoro.
The government did not immediately say how it would pay for the cost of building the Morogoro-Makutupora line, but it previously announced that it was constructing the railway section from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro using its own funds.
Speaking at a signing ceremony for the Morogoro-Makutopora rail deal, RAHCO’s acting managing director, Masanja Kadogosa, said the line would be built within 36 months. … …
In total, the government expects to spend 14.2 billion U.S. dollars over the next five years to build a 2,561 kilometers standard gauge railway network connecting the country’s main Indian Ocean port of Dar es Salaam to eastern and southern Africa’s hinterland.