Portugal’s Mota-Engil group to build Catembe bridge in Mozambique

31 May 2010

Lisbon, Portugal, 31 May – Mota-Engil is nearing the end of negotiations with the Mozambican government on construction of a bridge linking downtown Maputo to Catembe municipality, the president of the Portuguese construction group has said.

Jorge Coelho told Portuguese news agency Lusa on Friday that the company had various ongoing projects in Mozambique, among them the Tete Bridge, various highway sections and health infrastructures. “We are closing the Catembe bridge deal,” he added.

The group announced on Thursday that it had been awarded construction of the Pan-African Games Village in partnership with the Soares da Costa group, also from Portugal.

“It is crucial to strengthen internationalisation so that Mota-Engil can keep growing and in this regard Mozambique has been extremely important in the last two years,” Coelho stressed.

Last May, Portugal’s prime minister announced during an official visit to Mozambique that construction of the Catembe Bridge and the Pan-African Games Village would be some of the projects financed by the Banco Luso-Moçambicano de Investimento set up at that time.

Construction of the Pan-African Games Village began last Friday when the cornerstone was laid. The project budgeted at 114 million euros will be entirely financed by Portugal. (macauhub)