Thai and Mozambican consortium to build railway and port terminal

10 December 2013

The tender for construction of a railway line between Moatize, in Mozambique’s Tete province, and Macuse in Zambézia province and the respective port terminal was last week awarded to a consortium of companies from Thailand and Mozambique, Mozambican newspaper Savana reported.

The consortium is made up of Thai company Italthai Engineering with a 60 percent stake, by Mozambican consortium Codiza and by state port and rail company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique, with 20 percent each.

The Codiza consortium includes a company made up of small-scale businesspeople from Zambézia (Transzambézia), Mozambican group Manica Terminais and Portuguese group Mota-Engil.

Other consortiums that put forward proposals for the project included CLZ (Zambezi Logistics Consortium), made up of the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), Australia’s Aurizon and Mozambique’s Investe Logística as well as SPI/Patel Engineering/Grindrod.

Construction of the railway between Moatize and Macuse, which will be 525 kilometres long, and of the port terminal in Macuse is expected to cost US$3.5 billion.

Last Tuesday government spokesman Alberto Nkutumula, said that the government had approved the decree that set out the terms of the concession of the Moatize/Macuse railway, in the district of Namacurra, in Zambézia province.

The decree, said Nkutumula, sets out the legal basis for concession to a private operator, construction, operation and maintenance and management of the facilities due to be built, as well as their commercial exploration. (macauhub)