Ghana to spend $2bn on railway

Ghana to invest $2bn on railway development

The government of Ghana will invest at least US $2 billion on ongoing and approved railway projects in the country by 2023. The president, Mr Nana Akufo-Addo, said this in his address to parliament on March 9. 

The expenditure on the railway sector, as outlined in Ghana’s Medium Term Expenditure Framework for 2020-2023 includes US$ 560m for the construction of 102 km of railway between Takoradi Port and Huni Valley on the Western Railway Line. The project, awarded to Amandi Holdings Ltd, involves the following:

  • Construction of Manso – Huni Valley standard gauge railway line (58 km).
  • Construction of 8 km standard gauge freight line from Takoradi station to Takoradi Port. 
  • Conversion of the Takoradi – Kojokrom double-track narrow gauge section (10.6 km) to standard gauge. 
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Other projects already awarded and whose construction is expected to commence this year include: Kumasi – Kaase; Kaase – Eduadin; Eduadin – Obuasi (51 km) contracted to Afcons; Manso – Dunkwa (100 km) contracted to China Railway Wuju Group Corporation in May 2019; and Eduadin – Ejisu, with a branch line to Boankra Inland Port. 

The Ministry of Railways Development is also planning to rehabilitate 300 km of existing narrow gauge tracks, as well as build ten new stations and upgrade eight existing stations by 2023. 

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