Chinese contractor postpones completion of road in Mozambique until November

9 March 2020

The deadline for the completion of repair and asphalting works on the stretch of road between Montepuez and Ruace, which connects the provinces of Cabo Delgado and Niassa, in northern Mozambique, has been extended to next November, after having been initially planned for February, according to Mozambican daily newspaper, Notícias.

The failure to meet the deadlines, according to the information gathered by the state newspaper, was the result of difficulties in transporting the construction materials from the port of Beira, in the centre of the country, to Cabo Delgado, as a result of the effects of cyclone Idai, which in 2019 hit the central and northern regions of Mozambique.

So far 65 kilometres of the stretch have been asphalted, with another 70 kilometres between the district headquarters of Balama the bridge over the River Ruace, in an area on the border between the provinces of Cabo Delgado and Niassa, still to be finished.

The reconstruction and asphalting works on the Montepuez/Ruace road began in 2010, and at the time were the responsibility of construction company CMC África Austral, a subsidiary Italian group CMC, which gave up the contract due to alleged lack of payment of the invoice by the owner of the project, the government of Mozambique.

In 2018, the works were resumed, and this time, by another contractor, the China Jiangxi International Economic and Technical Cooperation Co Ltd (CJIC).

The works on the Montepuez/Ruace road have an estimated cost of around 3 billion meticais (US$45.8 million), which was funded by the African Development Bank. (macauhub)