Portuguese construction firms win Zambezi bridge contract

23 December 2005

Maputo, Mozambique, 23 Dec – Mota Engil and Soares da Costa of Portugal have been awarded the contract to build a bridge over the Zambezi River linking the provinces of Sofala and Zambezia, officials have announced.

Public Works Minister Felício Zacarias announced the result of the international tender to build the new bridge Tuesday during a ceremony to lay the first stone in the 66 million euros project attended by President Armando Guebuza.

The Portuguese consortium will work with Italian subcontractor Trevi to build the 2.3 km-long bridge, which will carry two lanes of traffic in each direction, in a project expected to last 36 months.

The Zambezi Bridge, carrying National Highway 1, will improve communications between the north and south of Mozambique and replace ferries and barges that currently transport vehicles across the river.

Over half the project’s costs are being funded by the European Union, Sweden, Italy and Japan, with Maputo financing the remainder.

The Tokyo government has given 9 million euros for “complementary activities” to the bridge project, such as environmental studies and rehousing of people affected by building work. (macauhub)