Tanzania Standard Gauge Railway
|Tanzania Standard Gauge Railway|
|Termini||Dar es Salaam, Isaka|
|Operator(s)||Tanzania Railways Corporation|
|Line length||1,800 km (1,100 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Electrification||25 kV 50 Hz AC overhead catenary (planned)|
The Tanzania Standard Gauge Railway is a railway system, under construction, linking the country to the neighboring countries of Rwanda and Uganda, and through these two, to Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The new Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), is intended to replace the old, inefficient metre-gauge railway system.
The railway system would consist of several major sections:
- Dar es Salaam–Morogoro Section
This section, measuring 300 kilometres (186 mi), was contracted to a 50/50 consortium comprising Yapi Merkezi of Turkey and Mota-Engil of Portugal. Construction began in April 2017. Partial funding for this section, amounting to US$1.2 billion, was borrowed from the Export Credit Bank of Turkey. As of February 2019, 42 percent of this section was reported as complete. In May 2019, it was announced that the current phase of the project is 60 percent complete and that the first passenger trains are expected to start service in December 2019. There will be six stations: Dar es Salaam, Pugu, Soga, Ruvu, Ngerengere and Morogoro. Three trains will make daily round trips.
- Morogoro–Makutopora Section
This section was also contracted to the consortium that is constructing the Dar es Salaam–Morogoro Section. The line stretches from Morogoro to the capital Dodoma and onward to Makutopora in Manyoni District, Singida Region. It measures 426 kilometres (265 mi). In September 2018, the government of Tanzania secured a soft loan from Standard Chartered Bank, amounting to US$1.46 billion, for the funding of this section of the country's SGR.
- Dodoma–Isaka Section
- Isaka–Mwanza Section
This section, measuring approximately 220 kilometres (137 mi), takes the SGR line to the city of Mwanza, on the southern shores of Lake Victoria. This section, has not been assigned to a contractor, as of September 2018.
- Isaka–Rusumo Section
This stretch of the SGR is component of the Isaka–Kigali Standard Gauge Railway, and measures approximately 371 kilometres (231 mi). Construction of this section is budgeted at US$942 million. In April, the EastAfrican newspaper reported that the World Bank had expressed its willingness to fund the Isaka-Kigali Standard Gauge Railway.
This 1435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) railway line is intended to ease the transfer of goods between the port of Dar es Salaam and the cities of Kigali, in Rwanda and subsequently to Bujumbura, in Burundi, and to Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. From the lake port of Mwanza, surface water ferries are expected to transport goods between Mwanza and Port Bell and Bukasa Inland Port, in Kampala, Uganda's capital city. The SGR system in Tanzania, in conformity with neighboring Rwanda and Uganda is designed to use electricity to power its locomotives.
The SGR is expected to accommodate passenger trains traveling at 160 kilometres (99 mi) per hour and cargo trains traveling at 120 kilometres (75 mi) per hour.
The first phase is all set to be completed in April 2020. It will cover the distance of 202 kilometres (126 mi), from the city Dar es Salaam to Morogoro.
The second phase covers a distance of approximately 348 kilometres (216 mi), from Morogoro to Makutopora.
Up until February 2020, the government of Tanzania has been using locally generated funds and short-term temporary loans to fund the construction of the first two phases of this standard gauge railway project.
In February 2020, the government received a syndicated loan worth US$1.46 billion, towards the completion of the first two phases of the national SGR. The financing package has Standard Chartered as lead arranger and the Export Credit Agencies of Denmark and Sweden, as major funding sources.
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