Portuguese Estradas do Zambeze consortium repairs roads in Mozambique’s Tete province

4 July 2013

The concession company for 700 km of roads in Mozambique’s Tete province, Estradas do Zambeze, is carrying out emergency work on several national roads to ensure they are open to automobile traffic, the company’s director said.

Luís Ferreira told the Maputo-based daily Notícias that the company was doing major work on several road sections, particularly filling holes, some very deep, caused by rains in the first quarter of the year.

The aim is to do long-lasting work on roads with the most traffic, especially those used by large trucks carrying goods from the port of Beira in Sofala to the Great Lakes countries and vice versa, he said.

Estradas do Zambeze is a consortium comprising the companies Mota-Engil, Engenharia e Construção (43.5 percent), Sociedade de Construções Soares da Costa (43.5 percent) and Opway – Engenharia (13 percent). Ferreira said the company planned this year to begin repair work on the 258 km road between Zóbuè and Cuchamano on the two borders linking to Blantyre, Malawi, and Harare, Zimbabwe.

Estradas do Zambeze has had a 30-year concession to manage some of the main roads in Tete since 2010. It aims to spend nearly 145 million euros to maintain and build anew the province’s main road artery as well as the new bridge over the Zambezi River in Tete city. (macauhub)