Monday, August 06, 2007
By Speedwell Mupuchi
Monday August 06, 2007 [04:00]
NORTH Western Rail chairperson Enoch Kavindele last Friday said the Chingola–Solwezi-Lumwana rail project is becoming a reality with the arrival into the country of tubular modules to be used in constructing the line.
Briefing journalists on progress of the rail project at his office, Kavindele said South African-based project consultants, Kwezi V3, delivered the tubular modules for construction of the initial 100 metres of the rail track in Chingola.
Kwezi V3 Engineers and DB International of Germany would undertake the consultancy for the rail project.
“We are ready to start. The North West rail (NWR) project has made further strides in becoming a reality with the arrival in Chingola of tubular modules of construction of the first 100 metres to be used as demonstration unit for the foundation stone to be laid by President Levy Mwanawasa after the Environmental Impact Assessment is approved,” Kavindele said.
He said consulting engineers from both Zambia and South Africa have spent the last 10 days surveying and verifying the 250-kilometre route from Chingola to Lumwana via Solwezi.
Last month Kavindele announced the North Western Rail had secured the US $250 million required for the project.
Kavindele said NWR had appointed NEDBANK Capital of South Africa as its financial advisor and that it had also received a grant of about $1.4 million from Capital Equipment and Allied Services (CEAS) of South Africa to complete the project design.