Refer Engineering awarded tender to improve Maputo-South Africa rail link

8 May 2014

Consulting company Refer Engineering has been awarded the tender to design a project to repair, modernise and extend the rail transport system linking the port of Maputo to South Africa along the Ressano Garcia line, said Portuguese group Refer.

The proposal from Refer Engineering, a subsidiary of the Portuguese state group, is expected to cost US$1.65 million and was presented by a consortium that also included Mozambique’s Engenheiros Consultores de Moçambique (ECM) and Portugal’s Proman. The project should take six months to carry out, according to the statement.

The tender was launched in 2013 by Mozambican state port and rail company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) and includes a long term viability study for the phased development of a rail strategy, a detailed engineering project and consultancy services to increase the transport capacity of the railway line.

The project’s tender document also includes setting up programmes for regular maintenance of the railway system, as well as for repairs, the company said.

The Ressano Garcia line is around 90 kilometres long and links the port system in the Mozambican capital, including the ports of Maputo and Matola Gare, to the border town of Komatipoort, in South Africa, which is part of the Maputo Development Corridor.

The project to repair the railway, which is expected to cost US$20 million, is expected to increase annual transport capacity to 40 million tons. Work will be carried out over a period of four years.

According to the Maputo Development Corridor (MPDC), South Africa accounts for around 80 percent of the port facility’s market. (macauhub/MZ/PT)