China Road and Bridge Corporation expected to increase price of construction of Maputo/Catembe bridge

15 November 2017

The delays in the construction of the Maputo/Catembe bridge may force the contractor, the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), to review the cost of the project, warned the chairman of Empresa de Desenvolvimento de Maputo Sul.

This company was founded in 2010 to promote the construction and management of the Maputo/Catembe bridge and the Maputo/Ponta do Ouro and Bela Vista/Boane roads, and in December 2014 it was awarded the mandate to promote and build the Maputo ring road.

The warning was given by Silva Magaia during a hearing at the Committee on Agriculture, Economy and Environment of the Mozambican Parliament, convened to consider a letter submitted by informal market traders who refuse to leave the market to allow work on the bridge to go ahead and calling for high compensation amounts.

Without quantifying possible additional costs, Silva Magaia said that the final value of the contract may increase with the need for keep the work yard and equipment running for a longer period, as well as the costs of water, electricity and security beyond the initial period.

The initial cost of this project was US$785 million and includes a bridge over the bay of Maputo, 187 kilometres of road between the city of Maputo and Ponta do Ouro and 63 kilometres of other roads connecting the district of Boane and Bela-Vista, the district headquarters of Matutuine, with five bridges crossing rivers and three viaducts.

“It was expected that the work would be completed in December but, given the delays, the schedule has been altered and we still have no certainties of the new deadline, but we know that we are going to work until the first few months of 2018,” Silva Magaia said. (macauhub)