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Limpopo Line Rehabilitation

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.

Specifications

Location Mozambique
Title  Limpopo Railway
Line
Client  CFM (Portos e
Caminhos de Ferro
de Mozambique.
EP – Ports, Harbour
and Rail Authority
of Mozambique)
Construction Period  March 2002 –
December 2003
Description of Work  Rehabilitation of the
railway line linking
the capital, Maputo,
with Aldeia
Consulting Engineers  RCE Parsons
Global Services
Limited

Description:

  • 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
    where possible.
  • 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.