New partnership to deliver design studies for Tanzania Standard Gauge Rail Project
DB Engineering & Consulting partners with Linxon to deliver design studies for Tanzania’s Standard Gauge Rail (SGR) project. The SGR is a crucial infrastructure project that will link Tanzania to neighboring countries, with faster and more efficient transportation of goods and people.
DB Engineering & Consulting (DB E&C), part of DB E.C.O. Group, has partnered up with Linxon to deliver design studies for Lot-3 and Lot-4 of the Tanzania Standard Gauge Rail (SGR) project, which aims to provide safe, reliable, and optimum transportation solutions for the undertaking. The main contracts for Lots 3 and 4, which will run from Makutopora to Tabora and from Tabora to Isaka, have been awarded to the Turkish company Yapi Merkezi. The SGR will link the port of Dar es Salaam to the port of Mwanza in northern Tanzania. It will be operated by the Tanzania Railway Corporation, a state-owned railroad company that operates the Central Railway to Kigoma and the railroad line to Arusha as its main lines.
DB E&C’s Design Centers support the company in its mission to offer technically sophisticated, customized infrastructure, mobility, and transport solutions for railways around the world. Design Centre India offers railway system design services such as track and alignment, traction power, overhead catenary systems, telecommunication, signaling systems, and system integration. In the SGR project, the Design Center is conducting train operation and traction power simulation studies. The company is excited to be contributing its expertise to this important infrastructure project in Tanzania. “The partnership with various global EPC players, such as Linxon, will provide integrated solutions in power infrastructure and all other rail systems,” according to Mr. Eskandar Jahany, Director of DB E&C´s Design Centre in India.
East African Railway Master Plan and Tanzania SGR
The SGR is part of the East African Railway Master Plan and is a crucial infrastructure project for Tanzania. The project is divided into five phases: Phase 1 was completed in April 2022 and Phase 2 is now up and running. Once completed, the SGR will link the country to the neighboring states of Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The 1,800 km railway line will replace the existing meter-gauge railway system and accommodate passenger trains traveling at 160 kilometers per hour and cargo trains traveling at 120 kilometers per hour.
Lot-1 has already been delivered by Yapi, and the company is in the process of delivering Lot-2. DB E&C and Linxon will deliver design studies for Lot-3 and Lot-4, which will involve providing technical solutions for power infrastructure, rail systems, and all other associated systems. The objective is to provide a safe, reliable, and optimum transportation solution for Tanzania SGR.
Partnership with Linxon and the future of Tanzania SGR
DB E&C’s partnership with Linxon for Tanzania SGR is a significant milestone for the project. The technical expertise of both companies will be instrumental in delivering an integrated solution for the project.
Linxon is a renowned global engineering company building infrastructure to power the world with carbon-free technology by offering turnkey solutions in the areas of substations for power transmission, renewable energy, and transportation. The partnership will ensure that the design studies for Lot-3 and Lot-4 are carried out efficiently and that the final outcome will be a high-quality infrastructure project that meets the needs of Tanzania SGR.
The SGR is expected to transform the transportation sector in Tanzania and neighboring countries, with faster and more efficient transportation of goods and people. The new railway line will also help to reduce transportation costs, thereby boosting trade and economic growth. The project will provide employment opportunities and contribute to the development of local communities.