The Maputo-Catembe bridge will be inaugurated on 10 November, said Mozambique’s Public Works Minister João Machatine, quoted by Mozambican daily newspaper O País.
The previous date announced for the delivery of the project was in October, with Machatine explaining the postponement due to the fact that it took more time to remove sellers from the Nwakakana market.
The Maputo-Catembe bridge is one of the few major developments to be built after Mozambican independence in June 1975, and is the largest suspension bridge in Africa and one of the 60 largest in the world.
The Empresa de Desenvolvimento Maputo Sul announced on Monday that both the Maputo Circular Road and the Maputo-Catembe Bridge will be managed under a public-private partnership, through concession contracts.
In addition to these two major infrastructures, the Mozambican government also intends to grant concessions on the smaller roads that will connect to the Maputo Circular Road.
Construction of both the Circular Road and the Maputo-Catembe Bridge was awarded to the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CBRC) group, with construction starting in September 2012.
The bridge, with a construction cost initially estimated at US$315 million, reached more than US$750 million, an amount granted in the form of loans by the Export Import Bank of China by the end of 2017.
The Circular Road has already cost the Mozambican state more than US$300 million, which was also secured through loans granted by the same Chinese bank. (macauhub)