United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funding to the value of R352 million was granted and the Limpopo Rail Line Rehabilitation Project was awarded to the company in joint venture in January 2002.
|Title|| Limpopo Railway
|Client|| CFM (Portos e
Caminhos de Ferro
EP – Ports, Harbour
and Rail Authority
|Construction Period|| March 2002 –
|Description of Work|| Rehabilitation of the
railway line linking
the capital, Maputo,
|Consulting Engineers|| RCE Parsons
- The scope of the work included the rehabilitation of the railway line linking
the capital of Mozambique, Maputo, with Aldeia De Barragem, 225km to
the north, and the repair of bridges between those two points. The existing
station buildings at Aldeia De Barragem, Chokwe, Lionde and Magude had
to be rehabilitated, as well as 30 CFM employees’ houses. It also included
temporary deviations, laying of new railway track, substantial earthworks,
new culverts and drainage works.
- A stipulation by the Mozambique Participation Programme to spend money
locally, meant that over 1 300 local workers were employed from Maputo
along the line at Aldeia De Barragem. Local subcontractors were also used
- The project posed other challenges, such as communication and cultural
differences with local Mozambicans; different industrial relations practices;
local suppliers and subcontractors; local rules and procedures; landmines
and unexploded ordinances.
- The Logistics Department of Aveng Grinaker-LTA Earthworks West Africa;
staff from Aveng Rail (AMLRS) and the logistics team on site were responsible
for moving equipment and materials from South Africa to Mozambique.
- A large amount of material came from South Africa, including 10 000
concrete sleepers from Aveng Manufacturing Infraset, over 2 000 thermit
welds, 32 turnouts, over 1 700 precast concrete culvets and pipes, hundreds
of Gabion and Reno mattress baskets and thousands of railway fittings.
- The contract was managed by Aveng Rail.