The Sinohydro Corporation and China Communications Construction are due on Wednesday to start asphalting National Number 13 (EN13) connecting the cities of Cuamba and Lichinga in Mozambique’s Niassa province, according to the Mozambican press.
EN13 gives the province of Niassa access to the port of Nacala, in the province of Nampula, also part of the so-called Niassa development triangle (Lichinga/Cuamba/Marrupa/Lichinga), which is essential for the disposal of surplus agricultural production.
The works, whose first stone was laid on Tuesday by the President of the Republic, in the first phase will cover two sections – Lichinga/Massangulo and Massangulo/Muita – over an approximate length of 173 kilometres, according to the established work schedule.
The Lichinga/Massangulo section is financed by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), while the Massangulo/Muita section, is financed by the African Development Bank (ADB). In both cases there is a contribution from the Mozambican central government.
Daily newspaper Notícias reported that the award of the Muita/Cuamba section, of 134 kilometres, will be the subject of a new public tender.
The value of the Massangulo/Muita works is approximately 2.100 billion meticais, the Lichinga/Massangulo section is expected to cost 2.600 billion meticais and the overall project will cost an estimated 8.000 billion meticais (about US$131 million).
The two cities – Cuamba and Lichinga – were once again linked by rail in November 2016, after six years of downtime due to the advanced state of disrepair of the 272-kilometre line. (macauhub)