Por­tuguese and Turk­ish con­sor­tium wins TZ stan­dar gauge deal

East African Business Week - - EDITORIAL - BY DAMAS MAKANGALE

DAR ES SALAAM, TAN­ZA­NIA - Tan­za­nia has come to terms with a con­sor­tium of Turk­ish and Por­tu­gal com­pa­nies namely YAPI MERKEZİ İNŞAAT VE SANAYI A.Ş. (Turkey) and MOTA-ENGIL, ENGENHARIA E and CONSTRUÇÃO ÁFRICA, S.A. (Por­tu­gal) for con­struc­tion of the first phase of the Stan­dard Gauge Rail­way (SGR) from Dar es Salaam to Moro­goro (over 200 km). The Con­tract was signed be­tween Reli As­set Hold­ing Com­pany (RAHCO) Act­ing Direc­tor Gen­eral Masan­jakado­gosa on be­half of Tan­za­nia and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the joint ven­ture from Turkey and Por­tu­gal. The in­ter­na­tional ten­der for con­struc­tion of the SGR was floated on 9th Septem­ber 2016 and about 40 Com­pa­nies ten­dered in their in­ter­est. Even­tu­ally, a joint ven­ture of Turk­ish and Por­tuguese com­pa­nies won af­ter ful­fill­ing both the tech­ni­cal and fi­nan­cial re­quire­ments. A team of Tan­za­nian ex­perts vis­ited Turkey, Ethiopia, United Arab Emi­rates, Mozam­bique and South Africa to wit­ness some of pre­vi­ous projects un­der­taken by the con­trac­tors. Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by RAHCO, fol­low­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the par­ties from 21st Jan­uary to 2nd Fe­bru­ary, it was agreed that the con­struc­tion of Dar to Moro­goro SGR would in­volve 205 km of main line and 95 km of cross­ing sta­tions and mar­shal­ing yard, mak­ing a total of 300 km. The rail is ex­pected to have a weight of 35 tonnes per axle. The speed of the train would be 160 km/ hour. The line will han­dle 17 mil­lion tons per an­num. The first phase of the project is ex­pected to cost a total of $ 1.21tril­lion com­pris­ing of cost of con­struc­tion $ 1.03 tril­lion and gov­ern­ment taxes to the tune of $185.4 mil­lion. The project would also in­clude con­struc­tion of six pas­sen­ger sta­tions and six cross­ing sta­tions. In ad­di­tion, a 102 km fence will be built to pro­tect the high-speed trains from an­i­mal and hu­man cross­ing the line. Spe­cial cross­ing points for car, pedes­tri­ans and an­i­mal will also be con­structed. The con­struc­tion of the first phase of the SGR from Dar to Moro­goro is ex­pected to be com­pleted af­ter 30 months from the day of com­mence­ment. Ac­cord­ing to the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Min­istry of Works, Trans­port and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions in­charge of trans­port sec­tor, Dr Leonard Cham­riho, the en­tire SGR line from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza (1,216 km) will be built in five phases and all ten­ders for phase 2 to 5 had also al­ready been floated. “We ex­pect to open ten­ders for phase two to five in April this year,” said Cham­riho The other phases will be from Moro­goro to Dodoma (336 km), Dodoma to Tab­ora (294 km), Tab­ora to Isaka (133 km) and Isaka to Mwanza (254 km).

The project would also in­nclude con­struc­tion of six pas­sen­ger sta­tion and six cross­ing sta­tions. In ad­di­tion, a 102km fence will be built to pro­tec the high-speed trains

MAS­SIVE PROJECT: A stan­dard rail­way gauge al­ready in con­struc­tion in Kenya. This is the type of con­struc­tion ex­pected for the new Tan­za­nia rail­way sys­tem.

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