Three rail-line construction companies have been selected to proceed to the final stage of the bidding process for the execution of the Ghana-Burkina Faso railway line project after a competitive bidding process.
The companies are African Global Group, China Engineering Company No.10 and Frontline Consortium.
Mr. John-Peter Amewu, Minister for Railway Development, who disclosed this at a Bidders’ Conference in Accra said the companies were expected to present technical and financial proposals by the middle of July 2021 to enable the Ministry to award the contract to the company who could meet all the criteria.
“A Joint Evaluation Committee will be constituted to evaluate the proposals and determine the best out of the three, this would enable us to begin negotiations in the third quarter of 2021 so that by the end of November 2021, we would finalise all the negotiations and commence construction,” he added.
He hinted that the feasibility studies for the project, which covers the entire stretch of over 1,000km from Mpakadan (Ghana) to Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) were completed in June, 2020 after a series of stakeholder engagements across relevant sectors in both Ghana and Burkina Faso.
He said in Ghana, the railway line would start from Tema through Mpakadan to Kpeve, Hohoe, Jasikan, Nkwanta, Bimbila, Yendi, Tamale, Walewale, Bolgatanga, Navrongo and Paga adding that an alignment of the rail-line would branch to Yendi – Sheini, to facilitate transportation of huge iron ore discovered in the area.
He added that in Burkina-Faso, the major towns that the rail line would pass through were Po, Zabre, Tenkodogo, Manga and Ouagadougou.
He said the project was expected to accelerate socio-economic growth and bring efficiency in the movement of people, goods and services between Ghana and Burkina Faso after completion
This would facilitate trade and development for both countries, he noted.
The vision to link Ghana and Burkina by rail to facilitate trade and accelerate economic Development is in line with the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Treaty of 1975 which seeks to promote the free movement of people and goods.
Juliet Etefe, ISD