DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The government of
Tanzania has awarded a 1.92 billion U.S. dollars contract to a
Turkish firm to construct a 336-kilometer standard gauge railway
(SGR) line from Morogoro to Makutupora in the east African
nation’s political capital Dodoma.
Assets Holding Company Ltd (RAHCO) that oversees the
construction of the SGR said the Turkish firm Yapi Merkezi
Insaat VE Sanayi As was the appointed contractor on the project
and will design and construct the high-speed electric railway
Yapi Merkezi, a privately-owned Turkish contracting company,
specializes in rail engineering, design, manufacture and
"Fifteen contractors bought bid documents, but after careful
assessment of the bids, Yapi Merkezi met both the technical and
financial requirements," RAHCO said in a statement.
"The new railway line will have a capacity of transporting 17
million tonnes of cargo each year, with a 35 tonne axle load
"It will be used by electric trains moving at a speed of 160
kilometers per hour," added the statement.
Founded in 1965 and headquartered in Istanbul, Yapi Merkezi
has also recently won similar big rail construction deals in
The Tanzanian government wants the new standard gauge railway
to replace the existing narrow gauge railway line built some 112
In February this year, the same Yapi Merkezi company was
awarded by the government a deal worth 1.22 billion dollars in
joint venture with a Portuguese company to build a 300-kilometer
SGR line from the port of Dar es Salaam to Morogoro.
The government did not immediately say how it would pay for
the cost of building the Morogoro-Makutupora line, but it
previously announced that it was constructing the railway
section from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro using its own funds.
Speaking at a signing ceremony for the Morogoro-Makutopora
rail deal, RAHCO’s acting managing director, Masanja Kadogosa,
said the line would be built within 36 months.
"The project will involve construction of 336 kilometers of
the main railway line, 86km of an interchange rail, eight
passenger stations and six cargo stations," he said
Makame Mbarawa, the Minister for Works, Transport and
Communication, ordered the Turkish firm to speed up construction
"We have asked the contractor to shorten the duration of the
construction period as much as possible," he said.
RAHCO said it would also award three additional tenders over
the coming months to successful bidders for the construction of
close to 700 kilometers of railway.
Tanzania plans to profit from its long coastline and upgrade
its rickety railways and roads to serve the growing economies in
the land-locked heart of Africa.
In total, the government expects to spend 14.2 billion U.S.
dollars over the next five years to build a 2,561 kilometers
standard gauge railway network connecting the country’s main
Indian Ocean port of Dar es Salaam to eastern and southern
The Dar es Salaam port is a key regional transport hub for
the landlocked nations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
(DRC), Zambia, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda.
company saves four elephants in Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The Chinese construction company Sinohydro has
dispatched engineers and a bulldozer to Rungwa Game Reserve in
central Tanzania to free five wild elephants from a pit.
Four, including two baby elephants, were saved but one adult
elephant died from dehydration, Liang Jifeng with the Tanzanian
Department of Sinohydro Bureau 13 confirmed to Xinhua on
According to the Sinohydro source, some Manyoni natives of
the Singida region rushed to the Sinohydro employers’ working
base around 40 km from the reserve on Wednesday afternoon,
calling them to help some trapped elephants.
More than an hour later, the Chinese rescue team arrived at
the spot and started to carry out their rescue plan with the
permission of local governors and the operators of the reserve.
Local sources said the elephants fell into the pit while
searching for water.
The pit was so small that the elephants shoved each other in
After five hours’ of work, a female elephant and her baby
were the first to walk out of the pit.
"Two others followed them later but one adult elephant died.
"China, China!" Locals who witnessed the rescue process
applauded the Chinese company’s help while the elephants slowly
left, Sinohydro told Xinhua.
Elephants are loved by the local people.
Chinese companies working in Africa also pay great attention
to wildlife protection.
In his address to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held
in Johannesburg in December 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping
pledged additional support to promote wildlife and ecological
conservation in Africa.