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    25 November, 2010
Zambia to launch rail feasibility study
 
London, 25 Nov (AIM) - The Zambian government on Tuesday announced that it is to launch a feasibility study on the second phase of the Chipata to Mchinji rail link project.

Speaking to the Zambian parliament, Communications Minister Geoffrey Lungwangwa stated that this covers the extension of the line to join the Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) line.

Mchinji is on the Malawian border, and once completed this project would allow for a large expansion of Zambian cargo to transit through Malawi and northern Mozambique and be exported through the northern Mozambican port of Nacala.

Lungwangwa told parliament that “my ministry has allocated 1 billion kwacha (roughly 212,000 dollars) for operations and management of the Chipata to Mchinji Railway line. A further 1 billion kwacha has been allocated for the full feasibility study and detailed designs for the second phase of the railway line, which entails extending the railway to join TAZARA, possibly at Mpika or Serenje”.

On 27 August, Zambian President Rupiah Banda and Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika witnessed the inauguration of the 27 kilometre stretch of the rail line through Mchinji in Malawi, to Chipata in Zambia.

The connection to Nacala provides Zambia with a shorter route to the sea. The line will be used for Zambian cotton and tobacco exports, and for fuel and fertiliser imports. Previously it had the choice of a rail link to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Beira in Mozambique, or South Africa's ports.

It is hoped that once the Nacala corridor is connected to the TAZARA line, Zambia will be able to export its copper at a lower cost. It is estimated that Zambian copper output this year will reach 720,000 tonnes.
(AIM)
 
 
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