This thread is about rail links between African countries
Deal signed for East African standard-gauge line
Monday, May 12, 2014
Chinese premier Li Keqiang (left) and Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta sign the deal in Nairobi
THE Chinese premier Li Keqiang and the president of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta signed an agreement on May 11 for the construction of a 609km standard-gauge railway linking the port city of Mombasa to the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
The agreement was witnessed by East African presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Salva Kiir of South Sudan as the line will be extended from Nairobi to the Uganda capital Kampala, and later to Rwanda's capital Kigali and Juba in South Sudan.
The initial Mombasa - Nairobi section will be constructed by China Roads and Bridge Construction at a cost of $US 3.6bn, which is considerably less than the $US 5.2bn estimated earlier by a Kenyan parliamentary committee.
The Chinese contractor was appointed without competitive bidding after Kenya agreed to this as a condition for Chinese funding. China will finance 90% of the project while Kenya will provide the remaining 10%. China will provide a $US 1.6bn commercial loan and $US 1.63bn as a concessionary facility.
Work on the project will start in October and is due to be completed in March 2018.
Li's visit to Kenya was the final leg of a four-country African tour which included Ethiopia, Angola and Nigeria. During his Nigerian visit, Li also signed a framework agreement involving China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation for the construction of a $US 13.1bn railway in southern Nigeria linking Lagos with Port Harcourt. The 600km line would have a maximum speed of 120km/h and 12 stations
There aren't much.This thread is about rail links between African countries
Almost all existing lines need investments anyway. While upgrading, a third rail could be added (resulting in a dual-gauge tracks). Of course it would involve big costs and Africa is too poor for that, at least for now.I'm very disappointed that it won't be constructed using the gauge already used in the area. Using UIC gauge means this line will forever remain isolated.
That's not all.There aren't much.
There are rail links between Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia which are now closed (at least the Moroccan-Algerian one); and Libya planned rail links (now abandoned) to Tunisia and Egypt.
Then there is South African newtwork with links with adjacent countries.
That's all. Most other states have isolated lines (or small groups of lines) linking a mine/city in the interior with a port, or doesn't have railways at all.
Cameroon and Chad to study 700km rail link
Monday, June 09, 2014
CAMEROON and its landlocked neighbour Chad reached an agreement on June 3 to carry out a feasibility study into the construction of a 700km line linking Ngaoundéré in northeast Cameroon with Ndjamena, the Chadian capital.
Financing has yet to be agreed for the project, which will require investment estimated at Central African Francs 1.4bn ($US 2.92bn).
The concession holder for the railway will be Cameroonian railway operator Camrail, owned by Bolloré Africa Logistics, a subsidiary of France's Bolloré Group.
With some 80% of Chad's imports and exports currently transported by road via Cameroon's main port and commercial capital of Douala, Chad is looking to expand trade through rail and other infrastructure projects linking the landlocked country to the Atlantic coast.
Cameroon's transport minister Mr Robert Nkili says the project would also benefit northern regions of Cameroon, where traders were struggling to export their products to other regions. His Chadian counterpart, Mr Adoum Younousmi, added: "If the work programme is respected, construction should begin in 2016."
In 2012 Cameroon announced plans to build railway lines to expand trade with Chad as well as southern neighbours such as Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, but construction has not yet begun.
Design contract awarded for Uganda – Rwanda line
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
GERMAN infrastructure consultant Gauff Ingenieure has been awarded a $US 8.6m contract to design the new standard-gauge railway line linking Uganda's capital Kampala with Kigali in Rwanda.
Around 1400km of new railway will be constructed in Uganda and Rwanda. This includes the section from Malaba on the Kenya/Uganda border via Kampala to Mirima Hills on the Uganda/Rwanda border and then on to Kigali. There will also be branches to other towns in the two countries.
Six Chinese companies are to be invited in July for engineering, procurement and construction contracts for the Ugandan part of the project.
"This is another demonstration of the strong commitment and political will of our leaders for joint regional integration projects aimed at promoting regional trade and the free movement of people and goods," says Rwanda Transport Development Agency director general Mr Guy Kalisa.
The railway will connect with the new standard-gauge line in Kenya from Malaba via Nairobi to Mombasa, the first phase of which is under construction and is due to be completed in March 2018
Do any freight trains still use the Dakar - Bamako railway line? Passenger services were suspended several years ago.Just as I said, Dakar-Bamako. But it desperately needs to be upgraded. Just like the other link build by the French in this area: Abidjan-Ouagadougou.