Tanzania awards first tender for construction of the Standard Gauge Railway

Tanzania has agreed terms with a consortium of Turkish and Portugal companies YAPI MERKEZİ İNŞAAT VE SANAYI A.Ş. (Turkey) and MOTA-ENGIL, ENGENHARIA E and CONSTRUÇÃO ÁFRICA, S.A. (Portugal) for construction of the first phase of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro (205 KM).

The Contract was signed on 3rd February between Reli Asset Holding Company (RAHCO) Acting Director General Mr. Masanja Kadogosa on behalf of Tanzania on one hand and representatives of the joint venture from Turkey and Portugal on other hand.


The international tender for construction of the SGR was floated on 9th September 2016 whereby 40 Companies tendered and eventually a joint venture of Turkish and Portuguese companies won after meeting both technical and financial requirements.

A team of Tanzanian experts visited Turkey, Ethiopia, United Arab Emirates, Mozambique and South Africa to witness some of previous projects undertaken by the contractors.


According to the statement issued by RAHCO, after negotiations between the parties, from 21st January to 2nd February, it was agreed that the construction of Dar to Morogoro SGR would involve 205 KM of main line and 95 KM of crossing stations and marshalling yard, making a total of 300 KM.

The Rail is expected to have weight of 35 tons per axle. The speed of the train would be 160 KM/hour. The line will handle 17 million tons per annum.

The first phase of the project is expected to cost a total of USD 1,215,282,000 comprising of cost of construction USD 1,029,900,000 and government taxes of USD 185,382,000.

The project would also include construction of six passenger stations and six crossing stations. In addition, a 102 KM fence will be built to protect the high-speed trains from animal and human crossing the line. Special crossing points for car, pedestrians and animal will also be constructed.

The construction of the first phase of the SGR from Dar to Morogoro is expected to be completed after 30 months from the day of commencement.

According to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications in-charge of transport sector, Dr Leonard Chamriho, the entire SGR line from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza (1,216 KM) will be built in five phases and all tenders for phase 2 to 5 had also already been floated.

“We expect to open tenders for phase two to five in April this year” said PS Chamriho

The other phases will be from Morogoro to Dodoma (336 KM), Dodoma to Tabora (294 KM), Tabora to Isaka (133 KM) and Isaka to Mwanza (254 KM).