Seven foreign companies are competing for the contract to build a railway linking the mining district of Moatize, in Mozambique’s Tete province to the port of Macuse, in Zambezia province, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported, citing Thai Moçambique Logística, the entity responsible for implementation of the project.
The international tender, which ends Friday, has so far received proposals from two companies in China, two from Turkey and one each from Brazil, Portugal and South Korea.
The Moatize-Macuse line will be between 480 and 500 kilometres long although negotiations are underway with the government to add another 120 kilometres, to allow access to some existing coal concessions in Tete, which are not currently connected to the railway network.
The port of Macuse has capacity to receive vessels of up to 80 tons, which allows for greater competitiveness in relation to the port of Beira, which receives ships with a smaller draft.
The Macuse project is about 60 percent owned by the Italian Thai Development Company Limited, of Thailand, 20 percent by Mozambican state port and rail company CFM and the remaining 20 percent by the Zambezi Integrated Development Corridor (Codiza). (macauhub/MZ)