Mozambique: Chinese contractor finishes work on bridge over Incomáti river at the end of the month

3 June 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 3 June – The construction of the bridge over the Incomáti river in the Moamba district, 60 kilometres northwest of Maputo, is due to be concluded on 30 June, the director-general of the Mozambique National Roads Administration (ANE) said.

Eusébio Siquela said that if work continued at its current rate, China Hennan International Cooperation Group (Chico), could deliver the bridge within the agreed schedule, at the end of June.

The bridge, which is costing US$8 million, is 300 metres long and 10 metres wide and sits on 11 pillars two metres above the water level in the big flood of February 2000, during which the old bridge was destroyed.

Siquela also said that construction of the bridge was so far ahead that, in an emergency it could already be used, as only some finishing touches on the Access road and river banks were needed.

When the Mozambican government signed the contract with Chico, in January 2007, the Chinese company guaranteed that construction of the bridge would take 18 months. (macauhub)