November 02, 2016

China to build Zambia - Malawi rail link

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A contract to construct a rail link between central Zambia and the Malawian border was signed in the Zambian capital Lusaka on November 2 by minister of transport and communications Mr Brian Mushimba and representatives of China Railway Construction Corporation.

The 389km line will run east from a junction with the 1067mm-gauge Lusaka - Mpika - Nakonde line at Serenje to Petauke and Chipata, where it will meet the existing line to Lilongwe in Malawi and the port of Nacala in Mozambique.

The $US 2.3bn railway will reduce the distance by rail from Kapiri M’poshi, Zambia, to the Indian Ocean to 1500km.

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