Construction Of Western Railway Line To Begin In October With US$560m
A 560-million-dollar contract has been signed between the government of Ghana and Amandi Holdings Limited to begin the construction of sections of the Western Railway Line.
The agreement was signed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Railway Development Authority (GRDA), Mr. Richard Diegong Dombo as the representative for the Ghana government, whereas the Managing Director of Amandi Holdings Limited, Mr. Nadav Simhoni, signed for his company.
The expected projects are to commence after Cabinet’s approval in Parliament. Per the agreement, construction is to begin in October 2020 and projected to be completed within 42 months.
This project is by far the only one, since Ghana’s independence, anticipated to construct the biggest single railway.
The project includes the construction of sections of the Western Railway Line, standard gauge between Takoradi port and Huni Valley, forming a total of 102km.
It also comprises of a single-track rail line with stations along the tracks, an initial workshop facility at the location and a complement rolling stock.
The Minister of Railway Development, Mr. Joe Ghartey, indicated that the blueprint of the project comprises the construction, provision, testing and commissioning of other works. He explained that the construction will be approximately eight kilometres of standard gauge railway tracks connecting the existing dual gauge tracks in Takoradi to the Takoradi Port for easy and efficient access for cargo handling.
He stated that the design of the work showed that the 10.6km dual gauge tracks between Takoradi to Kojokrom would be converted from narrow gauge to standard gauge.
“It will also involve the construction of a workshop facility for standard gauge rolling stock including the basic fit-out, basic tools and essential machine,” he stated.
Mr. Ghartey further elucidated that the project will include the construction of a by-pass section along the Kojokrom to Manso section of the Western Railway Line at Eshiem. This he believes, is to boost the speed of the final infrastructure and meet the prerequisite and specification in the reviewed 2020 Railway Master Plan.
“It also includes the construction of the Railway Line from Manso to Huni Valley approximately 60km of single track lines, and in addition the construction of eight basic stations along the existing line from Amantin to Huni Valley including all construction works, station building, access roads, CCTV and access control, backup generator and water tanks.”