In an interview with the Guardian, the Tanzania Railway Corporation executive director Masanja Kadogosa said so far more than forty local and international companies had shown interest for tender bidding.
He pointed out that the government has planned to spend $14.2 billion to build the 2,561km SGR running from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza on the shores of Lake Victoria and Kigoma on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in the next five years.
Upon completion, it is expected to connect the ports along the Indian Ocean to landlocked Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia.
The executive director said the process of reviewing them was over and anytime from now the tender will be opened to get the winner adding that procurement procedures were on the final stage too,” he said.
“I would like to assure all bidders that the process of getting the winner will be free and fair. We are finalizing the procurement procedures and when it is over the public will be informed,” he said.
“Our state -run railway firm – TRC is seeking the supply locomotives, 14 of which will be cargo trains or 19 electric trains to be used on the standard gauge railway (SGR) which is at present under construction,” he added.
Kadogosa explained that once the construction of the SGR was completed, Tanzania would become the first country in the region to use high speed electric cargo and passengers trains.
Construction of the SGR began April last year, with the first phase consisting of a 205kms electric railway line from the port city of Dar es Salaam to Morogoro in central Tanzania. The $1.2 billion line, which is being built by Turkish firm Yapi Merkezi and Portuguese firm Mota-Engil, is expected to be completed by November 1, next year.
On January 02, this year, it was reported that the government floated a tender for the supply of electric trains to be used on the standard gauge railway (SGR) which is currently in the early stages of construction
The tender notice further revealed that the former Reli-Asset Holding Company (RAHCO) was seeking the supply, testing and commissioning of 14 electric locomotives for freight trains and five electric multiple Units (EMU).
EMU is an electric passenger train that has self-propelled carriages which use electricity as the motive power. EMU requires no separate locomotives, as electric traction motors are incorporated within one or a number of the carriages.
It was also looking for the supply of three electric locomotives for departmental trains, 15 first class coaches and 45 economy class coaches.
According to the tender notice, the government, through Rahco, currently TRC had already set aside funds in the financial year 2017/18 for the purchase of the rolling stock.
“It is intended that part of the proceeds of the funds would be used to cover eligible payment under the contract for supply, testing, commissioning and training of rolling stock for SGR railway system to operate in the Tanzania central railway corridor,” reads part of the advertisement announcing the tender.
It was also seeking the supply of two diesel locomotives for freight trains, 600 flat wagons, 500 box wagons, 200 oil tankers, 50 bulk wagons, 70 gondola wagons, 50 ballast hoppers and 50 double stack container wagons.
According to the notice, the pre-qualification would be conducted through international competitive tendering procedures as set out in the Public Procurement Act No.7 of 2011 as amended in 2016, the public procurement regulation 2013 as amended in 2016.