Construction To Resume On Lusaka-Ndola Road In Zambia
The 327-kilometre road is being upgraded to a dual-carriageway toll road.
Macro Ocean Investment Consortium is to resume the project to upgrade the 327km Lusaka-Ndola road in Zambia, after being selected as the concessionaire to undertake the works.
The project has repeatedly stalled because of financial problems and was retendered in 2022.
The road, which connects to the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, transports almost all the road-bound mineral exports from the copperbelt region along the southern corridor towards Tanzania.
Macro Ocean Investment Consortium comprises Chinese companies AVIC International Project Engineering, Zhenjiang Communications Construction Group, and China Railway Seventh Group.
The US$650 million project is being executed as a public-private partnership (PPP) on a design, finance, build, operate and transfer basis. The concession period of 25 years is split into three years for construction and 22 years for operation and maintenance. The consortium will recover its costs through toll charges.
Happy to share with the people of #Zambia that we've been able to negotiate a huge reduction in the cost of building the Lusaka-Ndola dual carriage road! You will soon hear the details of this as we commence work. #KaleBwangu #ChangeIsHere pic.twitter.com/eT0Xndy34k— Hakainde Hichilema (@HHichilema) September 12, 2022
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