Tanzanian government invites tenders for the construction of the SGR Uvinza-Gitega line

The Tanzanian government is currently launching a call for tenders for the construction of the Uvinza-Gitega SGR line. Interested parties have until November 15 to submit their offers to the Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC).

The scope of works includes the design and construction of the line from Uvinza in western Tanzania to Gitega, the administrative capital of Burundi. This is according to a notice published on August 12.

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The TRC said the two governments have already earmarked funding for the bilateral Uvinza-Gitega SGR line project which is due to start in the 2022-2023 financial year. A portion of fund revenue will be used to cover eligible payments for agreements under the D&B [Design and Build] arrangement. This was disclosed by the public company in the notice.

According to the notice, the TRC will be in charge of all relevant purchases on behalf of both governments. However, the Uvinza-Gitega SGR line project will be jointly managed with the ARTF in Burundi.

Development of the Uvinza-Gitega SGR line project

The Uvinza-Gitega SGR line project has been in the works since the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding in January. Its initial cost was estimated at $900 million.

The line stretches for about 367 km and connects the line to Burundi. It includes 85 km of sidings/passages and 282 km of the main railway line. Lot 1 will cover a distance of 180 kilometers (km) in Tanzania from Uvinza to Malagarasi. Lot 2, on the other hand, will cover a distance of 187 kilometers (km) from Musongati to Gitega.

Once completed, the Uvinza-Gitega SGR line is expected to increase cross-border trade, which will benefit both countries. Freight volumes at the port of Dar es Salaam will also increase.

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