Work on US$984 million Beitbridge-Chirundu-Harare dualisation to commence next year

Source: Work on US$984 million Beitbridge-Chirundu-Harare dualisation to commence next year | The Financial Gazette December 1, 2016

THE Austrian firm which won the tender to dualize the Harare-Beitbridge road will commence work early next year following the signing of an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract with the Zimbabwe government on Wednesday.
Geiger International will construct the Beitbridge-Harare segment of the Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu highway at a cost of $984 million under a 25 year Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) model.

The project is expected to take up to 3 years to complete. The Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu highway is Zimbabwe’s busiest and is the gateway to neighboring countries such as South Africa, Zambia and Malawi.
Work on the highway was stalled by court processes in 2013 after the initial winner of the tender, Zimhighways, took the government to court for breach of contract.

The court case was, however, withdrawn leading to the submission of fresh bids for the mega project.
At the signing ceremony, Minister of transport Joram Gumbo said given Zimbabwe’s strategic location as a potential transport hub in the SADC region; government’s strategy is to open the major regional trade

Under the agreement at least 40 percent of the value of the project  will be subcontracted to Zimbabwean companies.

The scope of the work covered by this cost includes the full dualisation of the road, including the widening and rehabilitation of the existing road.  Also included is the cost of construction of 37 new two lane bridges and 8 tollgates.

“Government’s strategy is to open the major regional trade corridors. In this regard we started with the Plumtree Harare Mutare Road at a cost of $206 million. This road traverses eight of the ten provinces in the country. I’m am pleased to note that this project has been completed except for some snags which are being attended to,” he said.

The Harare-Chirundu segment of the highway is expected to be constructed by China Harbour Engineering Company under a loan financing model. Gumbo said the Chinese delegation was expected to fly in the county before year end for the signing agreements.’

“The EPC contract has now been approved by government   and we expect a Chinese delegation from CHEC to fly into the country before the end of the year for the signing ceremony of that portion of the road. Thereafter full negotiations will  be opened with the  financing partner in China  and the loan agreement should be concluded by year 2017.,” he said. FinX


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    Morty Smith 5 years ago

    That so called Austrian firm is a front for corrupt Chinese businesses. They are banned on tendering for UN projects because of this.

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    Open Eye 5 years ago

    Geiger International has been trading and producing in its own factories in China since 1990. It is a leading supplier of security products, vehicular equipment, textile and housing products – it lists the UN, Independent Governments, and NGO’s as its clients.Geiger International has successfully been manufacturing under license military goods in its own factories in mainland China for over two decades. We not only have our own production facilities in China but also have forged links with several significant manufacturing interests thus giving us an unparalleled capacity. All our factories are managed by our in-country European Ex Pat staff and Chinese employees.     

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    Open Eye 5 years ago

    That’s Geiger for you – Source – Geiger website