The Nacala corridor project, located in northern Mozambique and southern Malawi, is being implemented to provide logistical support for the Moatize coal project, in Mozambique.
The project involves the construction and rehabilitation of the 912 km railway through Mozambique and Malawi, and the construction of a new coal terminal in Nacala-a-Velha port.
Macuse Port and Railway
With the total cost of USD4,4M the Macuse Port and Railways extends from Moatize Coal-Fields in the Tete Province to Macuse Port in the Zambezia Province. The Mozambican Government and Thai Mocambique Logistic SA have signed the concession agreement for construction of this infrastructure railway network
Kazungula Bridge and Border Projects
The Kazungula Bridge and Border Project (KBBP) entails the construction of new infrastructure to replace the existing ferry and border facilities between Zambia and Botswana at Kazungula.
It is a key road and rail bridge crossing over the Zambezi River along the North – South Corridor, a critical trade route linking the port of Durban in South Africa to the inland countries of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), up to Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania.
The project scope includes a bridge linking Botswana and Zambia over the Zambezi River to replace the existing ferry and juxtaposed one-stop border facilities at Kazungula.
The project main components comprise the construction of a new road/rail bridge, one-stop-border-post facilities and access roads at Kazungula border.
A new railway line will finally be constructed along the Moloto Road that links Siyabuswa in Mpumalanga to Tshwane in Gauteng. The Chinese government will invest R30 billion to develop the over 125 kilometre railway line.
GE recently partnered with Transnet to assemble, manufacture and supply world-class locomotives out of South Africa to the rest of Africa. This is an “African first”: for the first time in history the manufacture and assembly of locomotives for the African market will take place on African soil.
Namibia and Botswana establish a trans-Kalahari multi-billion dollar railway project to link Botswana’s rich coal fields to the Namibian coast.
The two countries have also signed a bilateral agreement for plans to develop the 1 500-kilometre railway for transporting coal exports to Walvis Bay.
Northern Railway Line Extension Project also includes the construction of a bridge over the main road between Ondangwa and Oshakati and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
The Swaziland Rail Link project signed through Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the South African and Swaziland governments on 2 August 2012. The signing of the Inter Rail MOU by Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and Swaziland Railway (SR) cemented the relationship at business and technical levels.
The key objectives of the project are to:
Enhance regional integration.
Provide viable connections for rail freight from Western Swaziland to markets in South Africa.
Provide Transnet with an alternative route for moving general freight to Richards Bay, via Swaziland, thus freeing capacity on the coal line.Swaziland Railway and Transnet have agreed to develop a 146 kilometre railway line between Lothair in Mpumalanga and Sidvokodvo in Swaziland as well as upgrading adjacent networks in both countries.
Upgrading of Railway infrastructure between Bulawayo and South Africa in the next 3 years by Grindrod’s subsidiary, New Limpopo Project Investments that provides a rail link in Zimbabwe between Beitbridge at the South African border and Zimbabwe’s second city Bulawayo runs the Beitbridge-Bulawayo line after it bought an 85 percent stake in Beitbridge-Bulawayo Railway (BBR) company in 2014.
Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe signed a MoU for the construction of a regional railway line to link Francistown in Botswana to Mozambique port of Techobanine through Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. Once completed the port Techobanine inter-Regional Heavy Haul Railway Project would facilitate inter-regional trade through movement of passage rail traffic and up to 12million tonnes of goods per annum through the 3 countries.
The SADC-PIDA Acceleration Programme Ministers Transport for Beira and North South Corridors met, identified and agreed on priority projects for both North South and Beira corridors.
The majority of these projects comprise One Stop Border Posts (OSBP), with specific reference to railway projects, the meeting identified the following priority projects:
a. Upgrading of the Zambia Railways network from Chingola to Livingstone
b. Luano to Chililabombwe railway link between Zambia and DRC
c. National Railways of Zimbabwe recapitalization
d. Establishment of Regional Locomotive and Wagon Pool leasing
e. Beira-Machipanda Road and Railway upgrade
f. Sena Railway line Rehabilitation
g. Construction of Rail line from Kafue to Lions Den to Beira,