A notice to the news is that COWI consult is a Worldwide company, owned by a fund and 15% by its employees, the company is however not German, but Danish owned, but with offices all over the world including Tanzania, H.P. Gauff Ingenieure is German based with many years in Tanzania like COWI Consultants & they are two different companies.
The modernization of two existing railway sections in Tanzania will contribute significantly to developing the country’s future transport infrastructure
Designing work on the proposed Tanga – Arusha – Musoma that would facilitate Uganda’s import and export trade is expected to be ready later this month.
The affected sections where COWI consult is involved in include the railway sections Tanga-Arusha and Isaka-Mwanza which constitute a total length of 700 km.
Deputy Minister for Works Eng Gerson Lwenge told the House yesterday that COWI consultants would design the project for Tanga – Arusha line and the Arusha – Musoma line was being studied by Germany-based H.P. Gauff Ingenieure.
The German consultants are expected to complete the work by October and a bid to secure a contractor to develop deep water port at Mwambani Bay in Tanga design is underway.
Building and financing of the bid was announced on March 27 last year, while bid opening was scheduled on June 27 in the same year.
He said: “On opening day, there wasn’t any bidder so fresh arrangements are under way to re-announce it to secure potential firms for the execution of the project.”
Lwenge said this in response to Amina Makilagi Special Seat MP (CCM) who wanted to know when the government would complete the construction of the project.
Currently, trains in Tanzania only run at 30-40 km/h for safety reasons – on 100 years old rails. When the selected sections have been modernized, Tanzania will have two new railways with a contemporary gauge and signalling system, allowing passenger 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.
The Customer is currently looking for funding opportunities with the aim of completing the construction in 2019.
Being a multidisciplinary, international consultant with local anchorage in Tanzania for more than 50 years, COWI has been contracted as the projects’ main consultant and will embrace all project elements, from feasibility study via detailed design to tender documents.
This is the case for the actual railway sections as well as for the stations and crossing bridges along the lines.
COWI draws on in-house specialists from four countries within several disciplines with substantial work to be delivered by COWI’s local office in Tanzania.
The combination of international expertise and local knowledge and anchorage is vital for the project’s success.
Meanwhile, Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) plans to conduct feasibility studies for Uyole – Songwe in the next financial year to identify alternative ways to reduce traffic jams for trucks heading to Tunduma through Mbeya.
The deputy minister said the government would conduct a detailed study to find other means of reducing traffic congestion at Mafiati area in Mbeya City.
Mafiati is a junction for the TAZAM Highway and Mbeya – Chunya -Makongolosi – Rungwa main road. Mbeya Member of Parliament Joseph Mbilinyi had asked the government on the possibility of installing traffic lights at the junctions to control road accidents.