Brazilian group Odebrecht to build roads for buses in Maputo, Mozambique

18 November 2015

Brazilian group Odebrecht is due in 2016 to start building roads that will be exclusively used by public transport, said Tuesday the group’s Director of Public and Corporate Relations in Mozambique, Miguel Paiva.

The network, which follows the “Bus Rapid Transit” model, includes construction of 17 kilometres of dedicated lanes for buses with a capacity of 18,500 passengers per hour, and its cost is estimated at more than US$200 million.

Presenting Odebrecht’s projects in Mozambique for the next few years, Paiva said the project included 20 bus stations and the average speed would be 26 kilometres per hour, according to Portuguese news agency Lusa.

The Maputo Municipal Council recently announced that the project would extend some of the main avenues in the Mozambican capital and includes acquiring 63 articulated buses, each capable of carrying 140 passengers.

The official also announced that the group would set up a poultry project in Zambézia province, estimated to cost US$65 million, and a cassava production and processing project for starch extraction, in which it expects to invest US$21 million. (macauhub/AO/MZ)