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Chinese firms win $1.32bn contract to build Tanzania rail line

Two Chinese firms have won a contract to build a standard-gauge rail line from Mwanza to Isaka at a cost of $1.32 billion. Tanzania’s Foreign Affairs Minister Palamagamba Kabudi added that the project will be fully funded by the government.

China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) and China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) will construct the 249-km Mwanza-Isaka SGR line, the fifth lot (Lot 5) of Phase 1 of Tanzania’s SGR project.

Phase 1 of Tanzania’s SGR project is a 1219-km railway starting from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza. Lot 1 is a 202-km railway between Dar es Salaam and Morogoro, and Lot 2 is a 336-km railway between Morogoro and Makutupora. Lot 3 will connect Makutopora and Tabora over a length of 294 km, while Lot 4 is will connect Tabora and Isaka over a length of 130 km.

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Lot 1 of the project is in its final stages with trial operations scheduled in April 2021, while Lot 2 is 50% complete. Both Lot 1 and 2 are being constructed by Yapi Merkezi and Mota-Engil.

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