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Adding fuel to Tanzania's railway sector

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​The modernization of two existing railway sections in Tanzania will contribute significantly to developing the country's future transport infrastructure.

​The affected sections include the Tanga-Arusha and Isaka-Mwanza sections, constituting a total length of 700 km.

Currently, trains in Tanzania only run at 20-30 km/h for safety reasons. When the selected sections have been modernised, Tanzania will have two new railways with a contemporary gauge and signalling system, allowing trains to run safely at up to 120 km/h.
"It is essential for Tanzania to strengthen its current infrastructure and mobility in order to match the challenges of today's society," says Ejner Christensen, Project Director in COWI's business unit for Railways, Roads and Airports.

Drawing on international network

Being a multidisciplinary, international consultant with local anchorage, COWI has been contracted as the projects' main consultant and will embrace all project elements, from feasibility study to tender documents. This is the case for the actual railway sections as well as for the stations and crossing bridges along the rails.

In order to provide the very best competencies at the most favourable rates, COWI draws on in-house specialists within several disciplines from four countries. Altogether the projects are an ideal example of the benefits of COWI's worldwide network.

In particular, the new projects will generate substantial work for COWI's local office in Tanzania within transport, buildings and environment.

"The railway contracts are a positive milestone for COWI Tanzania. They allow us to contribute meaningfully to Tanzania's development and are at the same time a great opportunity to enter a market in Africa which is expected to be key in the years to come," says Jacob Ulrich, Managing Director in COWI Tanzania.

Likewise, the contracts represent a significant step for the entire COWI Group regarding international railway projects.

"Allowing us to draw on competencies from our offices across the globe and to become an even stronger player within railway consultancy in future, the Tanzanian rail projects can be a stepping stone to future international railway projects," Christensen says.



LAST UPDATED: 30.06.2017