Sections of road in Mozambique’s Zambézia province to be paved

15 March 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 15 March – Laying asphalt on the 200 kilometres of road between Mocuba and Milange and 50 kilometres between Mocuba and Nampevo, in Mozambique’s Zambézia province, will cost 69 million euros, according to Mozambican newspaper O País.

The work is in the hands of Portuguese construction company Mota-Engil and, also according to the newspaper, is expected to take around two years for the first section, due to its length and state of disrepair, and 12 months for the second section.

Refurbishment of the Mocuba-Milange road is expected to increase the profitability of the port of Quelimane, as the road is used by vehicles carrying goods to and from Malawi and work on the second section is mainly aimed at improving car travel in the region.

Due to the state of disrepair of the Mocuba-Milange road, Malawian truckers have opted to use the port of Beira rather than Quelimane, which is the nearest.

This situation is affecting the accounts and operation of the port of Quelimane, where, around four years ago, large sums were invested in its refurbishment and installing modern equipment.

According to the director of the work, João Forte, at the moment vegetation is being cleared, work sites set up and machines are being moved for the “work to begin in the next 20 days.” (macauhub)