Two Chinese companies have won the bid to construct the 341-Kilometre Standard Gauge Railway from Mwanza to Isaka in Tanzania.
Tanzania’s foreign minister Prof. Palamagamba Kabudi made the announcement on yesterday as the country expects Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi on a two-day visit to Tanzania.
The USD $1.3 billion Mwanza-Isaka project will be undertaken by China Civil Engineering Construction (CCEC) and China Railway Construction Company (CRCC).
The project is part of the Tanzanian government’s 2,561 Kilometre SGR network which under construction.
Tanzania Railway Corporation (TRC) is overseeing the initiative which will traverse local and regional boundaries linking Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Kigoma, Katavi and neighbouring countries of Rwanda, Burundi Uganda and DRC.
The first phase of the USD $3 billion project, a 202-Kilometre stretch from Dar-es-Salaam to Morogoro is almost complete under the workmanship of Turkish construction company, Yapi Markez.
In October 2020 the Tanzanian government contracted a South Korean firm to supply it with trains for the Standard Gauge Railway.
Phase two of the project which will pick up from Morogoro to Makutupora in Singida is due for implementation expected to take 36 months. The project will consume another USD $1.9 billion according to The Citizen.
The SGR network will be East Africa’s fastest with speeds of up to 160 Km/Hour and it will be electric.
East African countries have taken to expanding their rail networks in recent years with Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda already making upgrades.
Last month the Ugandan government announced a plan to increase its planned SGR network tenfold.