Construction To Resume On Lusaka-Ndola Road In Zambia

The 327-kilometre road is being upgraded to a dual-carriageway toll road.

By Chriselle Moraes on
29th March 2023

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.

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