Limpopo Railway Line

Limpopo Railway Line

Release Date: 29 November 2011

Location:   Mozambique

Title:    Limpopo Railway Line
CFM (Portos E Caminhos de Ferro de Mazambique.
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 of Maputo with Aldeia De Barragem

Consulting Engineers:  RCE Parsons Global Services Limited

Work Constructed By:  Aveng Manufacturing Lennings Rail Services

JV Partners:   Harsco


United States Agency for the 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.

The scope of the work included the rehabilitation of the railway line linking the capital of 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 rehabililated, as well as thirty CFM employee’s houses. It also included temporary deviations, laying of new railway track, substantial earthworks, new culverts and drainage works.

A responsible stipulated by the Mozambique Participation Programme to spend more money locally,
Meant that over 1300 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 and unexploded ordinances.

The logistics Department of Aveng Grinaker-LTA Earthworks West Africa; staff from Aveng Manufacturing Lenninings Rails Services (AMLRS) and the logistrics 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 2000 thermite welds, 32 turnouts, over 1700 precast concrete culverts and pipes, hundreds of Gabion and Reno mattress baskets and thousands of railway fittings.

The contract was managed by AMLRS, a company with more than 40 years’ experience in rail track construction and track maintenance and manufacture.